Frugal shoppers have for a long time taken advantage of great deals by purchasing slightly used and refurbished gadgets.
Over the years common fears of acquiring someone else’s cast offs have abated. defective items are usually destroyed and most refurbished gadgets are sometimes even better that fresh new units.
- Use caution and be careful.
- Get the latest most up-to-date model
- Comparison shop for the best deals
- Get extended warranties, if available
- Know where to look and shop
- Take the time to investigate and do your homework
- Be wary of sellers advertising used devices that have not been checked for quality
There are other viable options out there:
- Seized property auctions
- Repaired or reconditioned items
- Aftermarket sales (eBay, Flea Markets etc.)
They have been used by previous owners and can still work the same way as when they were brand spanking new. With refurbished products parts have been replaced with better or newer ones. There is a difference between a used gadget and a refurbished one.
The very best thing about refurbished products is that they do not cost as much as when purchased new. There is a common misconception of them. Some people believe that buying refurbished gadgets is just a risk and they may break easily.
- Have been thoroughly tested
- Are often upgraded with parts and feature that work better.
Watch out for bogus resellers. Buy from time tested online auction sites. Sellers at these sites are often investigated by the site’s developer or are rated by other buyers to make sure that fraudulent transactions are reduced. Make sure to check what previous buyers have to say about a certain seller and that they are legitimate and trustworthy.
Grand Central Station/Terminal
The city is called “The Big Apple” so, it is appropriate that Apple has put down a huge footprint on America’s super city. Opening up a street side store is fine but opening a superstore inside the awsome Grand Central building is indeed a big deal. Now New Yorkers, visitors and commuters traveling through Grand Central in NYC can take a quick break away from their goings to stop and consider which Apple devices, if any, might fit their busy urban and business lifestyles.
Thousands of potential customers crowded into the mezzanine to experience the latest Apple store and get a hands-on personal feel for the latest iPhones, iPad, iPods and all things Mac. Over a million visitors are expected to shop at Apple’s new store before the end of 2012.
If this were a strategic or tactical move in the game of Monopoly it would be like a player buying up owning all of the best proprties and knowing they will eventually win the game.
A few New Yorkers site this as another ghastly assault on one of New York’s classic landmarks. Many others a bit more accomdating think that this is the future.
I am left wondering what other opportunities this opens up for Apple. I can easily see Apple hplding major events, conferences and product launches there.