Happy Friday! Last week's newsletter topic, "I'm sick of ink-sucking printers, buying advice needed" topped the newsletter contribution charts with a few posts shy of 300. Wow! In addition to the discussion contributions, many (more than 70) of you e-mailed me directly and shared your experience and advice on the topic. And while I love receiving e-mails from you to hear what's on your mind, I'm only one person. So I ask that in the future, please share it with the rest of the community by posting it directly in the discussion itself, this way your knowledge and suggestions can be read by everyone. Thanks!
Now, let's tackle Dig's question on buying refurbished and recertified electronics.
This week, we have a split decision on whether Dig should buy a refurbished or recertified electronic product. I knew presenting this question from Dig would draw opinions from both sides of the fence--some recommending to buy and some saying to avoid these types of products at all costs. We even have a few folks who are in the business who touch upon processing refurbished/recertified products. It's great to get their point of view on this subject. There really is no wrong or right, as you all have great points to share. The best part of this conversation is that it gets all of you to share your thoughts and experiences so that we learn from it and make the best decisions. I have selected a few featured answers in the Q&A section to start, but there are plenty more in the discussion itself. And since this was a split decision, let's take a poll and see where we end on whether you would buy refurbished or recertified electronics. By the way, I love seeing that folks are voting on the helpfulness of each of the contributions!
Have fun with the topic and poll! Thanks everyone for sharing your opinions and experience with all of us! And to all the moms out there, Happy Mother's Day!
Refurbished or recertified electronics safe to buy?
I am wondering about refurbished or recertified products that
can be found on Web sites like eCost.com and many others.
Sometimes they have really great deals on products, but most
of the products are noted as refurbished or recertified and
do not carry the same manufacturer warranty as new ones.
Does this mean that the products are taken in from the
original manufacturer and rebuilt to be like new again, or
are they products that have been returned for reasons other
than a defect? Are they safe to buy, and safe in the sense
that if the company does not want to give them a full
warranty, why should we trust the product? If you have bought
refurbished or recertified electronics, what has been your
experience? Any advice on this is appreciated. Thanks.
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
1) Any time you see an e-mail that says "forward this on to '10' (or however many) of your friends," "sign this petition," or "you'll get bad luck," or "you'll get good luck," or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it," or whatever--it almost always has an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of "active" e-mail addresses to use in spam e-mails or sell to other spammers. Even when you get e-mails that demand you send the e-mail on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus--that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience. These people don't care how they get your e-mail addresses--just as long as they get them. Also, e-mails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease, "how would you feel if that was your child"--e-mail tracking. Ignore them and don't participate!
2) Almost all e-mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of... Click here to read on
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