There are certain terms that no matter what context they are used in that have a negative connotation to them.  Words like refurbished and reconditioned conjure up feelings of negative thoughts and opinions just as much as the term used.  Many companies don’t understand why they would be spending money on something if it isn’t brand new or if it is even safe.  Can refurbished electrical components, appliances and electronics be as capable as buying brand new?

Consumers looking to make purchases within a budget may choose refurbished products because they can make their purchases at a substantial discount.   Refurbished electrical components, appliances and electronics are all carefully inspected and reconditioned to standards that are often higher than buying new.  Consumers save money and are guaranteed that the products are thoroughly examined, analyzed and picture perfect.

When purchasing products that are refurbished it is important to work with a company that offers consumers a return policy.  When a purchase is made consumers must have the liberty to use the product and test it out.  A minimum of thirty days for returns to be made should be standard to ensure that the refurbished components are working as desired.

Finding a company to purchase from is the hardest part of purchasing quality refurbished products. Companies that receive components or appliance straight from the manufacturer are preferable to work with however that doesn’t mean that companies that specialize in asset management should be counted out.  Companies, especially those specializing in electrical components offer a service referred to as asset management.

The asset management division in companies concentrates on performing complete electrical clean outs and plant tear downs.  These divisions are made up of experts that are well trained in recovering components to be refurbished.  Thus insuring they are in the best possible shape to be brought back to the facility and reconditioned to the high standards of the company.

A product that is refurbished or reconditioned is labeled as such because it could not otherwise be sold.  The product is not new and can’t be sold as such due to the restraints that are put on selling products as new.  Buying a product that is reconditioned can have a variety of different meanings from being a product that has been returned, has cosmetic damages, reworked or fixed entirely.  Units that are used as displays cannot be turned around and sold as new.  The fact that products can come from a number of different sources is often what worries consumers that are considering buying refurbished.

A good rule of thumb is to look into the company you are purchasing from and the companies return policy.  As long as you are making a purchase from a reputable company that is able to stand behind their products with a fair return process then by all means buy refurbished over new and save money in your budget to spend elsewhere.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.