Back-to-school bargains: Think refurbished

Back-to-school bargains: Think refurbished
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For a lot of parents, back to school shopping means more than clothing. Your child may need a laptop, cell phone, or some other piece of technology.
 
Here's a money-saving tip for those who don't want to pay full price. Think refurbished. You can save 20 to 30 percent on these just-like-new products.
 
Don't let the "refurbished" label turn you off to these deals.
 
The refurbished products we offer come with the manufacturer's warranties, just like a new product would," said Rob Caskey with Secondipity, a site that specializes in refurbished technology. "They're reconditioned to factory specifications. So, you're really you're getting a product that is like new, but you're paying a lot less for it."
 
Many online electronics stores offer refurbished items, as do many big name manufacturers on their websites.
 
This is current technology, the same items that are in stores. These items just made their way into the secondary market for some reason, maybe the packaging was damaged or the product was returned and couldn't be sold as new.
 
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