Have you ever wondered what the difference could be between factory recertified vs refurbished? Take for example, a factory recertified iPhone vs a factory refurbished iPhone? What are the difference?
If you are looking to buy a product that is not exactly new, you may see terms like “recertified” and “refurbished” often used on ecommerce sites like Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, TigerDirect, or on marketplaces like EBAY. The average consumer do not know exactly what refurbished or recertified means.
The Quick Answer: “recertified” and “refurbished” technically means the same thing, except that most recertified products usually come with some sort of warranty/guarantee to confirm certain genuine characteristics claimed in the product. For an electronic product to be recertified, it must have been refurbished.
Refurbished is very similar to recertified, but under normal circumstances a refurbished product will not come with a warranty. It is common for every factory to carry refurbished products because of minor things like missing manuals, torn packages, duplicate purchases by consumers, or damaged boxes. It is possible for a refurbished product to have never even been sold, but was overlooked because of minor damages to the packaging. Source: eHow
Recertified recently has been used more than refurbished. One reason it has become more popular among retailers is because the term “recertified” gives the buyer the comfort of knowing a thorough inspection process has been completed. Keep in mind what you might feel is a thorough inspection can be totally different from what the manufacturer might feel is a thorough inspection. Each manufacturer has its own standards of recertification. Also it is a plus to know that many recertified products are still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, depending on how old the item is. Source: eHow