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which would you guys prefer a refurb or an open box if they were around the same price or a refurb being a little more expensive
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Open box, this usually means it was just a item someone didn't like and returned, refurbished means it broke at some point and has a higher chance of breaking again.
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Open box, this usually means it was just a item someone didn't like and returned, refurbished means it broke at some point and has a higher chance of breaking again.
i know the difference between the 2 im asking which people prefer cause refurb they replaced parts etc to be able to sell it which i know quite a bit of people buy refurbs and not have problems and the 1 time i bought a mobo open box the pci lanes were dead and had to pay shipping back and plus with a refurb you get a 90 warranty
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i know the difference between the 2 im asking which people prefer cause refurb they replaced parts etc to be able to sell it which i know quite a bit of people buy refurbs and not have problems and the 1 time i bought a mobo open box the pci lanes were dead and had to pay shipping back and plus with a refurb you get a 90 warranty
If you were purchasing from Newegg, you can get a pre-paid return slip at no cost to you. Do a live chat and complain about that the item was DOA.



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The only time I buy refurbished or recertified products are if they are mice, keyboards, monitors, speakers, etc.
post #5 of 11
Open box, definitely.
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Well with a refurb you are almost always guaranteed a working product. I have had some bad luck with open boxes. I had a 5770 that would grey screen and a 9600 GSO that would overheat.

It would be better for the person to report it as non working, because then they don't have to pay a restocking fee or get charged for return shipping.

That being said I don't really have a problem buying refurbs or open box. Unless it's a hard drive.
    
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Well with a refurb you are almost always guaranteed a working product. I have had some bad luck with open boxes. I had a 5770 that would grey screen and a 9600 GSO that would overheat.

It would be better for the person to report it as non working, because then they don't have to pay a restocking fee or get charged for return shipping.

That being said I don't really have a problem buying refurbs or open box. Unless it's a hard drive.
At the same time, a refurb product failed once before... But then again, you don't know why someone returned an open box product. I always buy new, so I wouldn't be much help here.
 
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post #8 of 11
Open box, although I did purchase a 6850 with plans to crossfire that the person that returned it kept the bridge connector. So mad..
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post #9 of 11
BTW, if you buy open box from newegg there is a chance that you will get a mfg refurbed card, especially with ASUS and MSI. Recently bought an ASUS 6950 2gb open box from the egg, came as a refurb. Going to make sure I thoroughly stress test it though.

You take a risk with both and that is why they are cheaper.
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post #10 of 11
I would be better of buying new or working used hardware. I know what I get. But Refurb and Open Box its a Gamble.

If I had to choose, I think I'll get Refurb just 'cuz I get warranty. And most of the times all the accessories come with it.
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