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What is the difference between refurbished and used electronics?

05 Apr 2023
refurbished and used electronics in UAE

In today's fast-paced world of technology, you may find yourself searching for the best deals on smartphones, laptops, and other devices. This helpful article will go into detail about the differences between used and refurbished devices, giving you the information you need to make a good choice.

Understanding the Difference: Refurbished vs. Used Devices

To make a smart purchase, you need to know the difference between used and refurbished devices. When we talk about used devices, we mean previously owned items that their original owner has sold to a new one. They may or may not have been tested for functionality, and their condition can vary significantly. On the other hand, refurbished smartphones, laptops or other devices have been returned to the manufacturer or a certified third-party for inspection, repairs, and cleaning. They are then sold for less than new devices, which is a great option for shoppers who want to save money.

Don't Get Duped: How to Safely Buy Used Devices

If you decide to purchase a used device, there are a few essential factors to consider. First and foremost, make sure you inspect the device thoroughly for any signs of wear and tear, including dents, scratches, and screen damage. Remember that appearances can be deceiving, so it's important to test all of the device's features, like the camera, speakers, and connectivity, to make sure they work properly.

Another important aspect to keep in mind is the warranty status of the device. Knowing whether the device still has a valid warranty or if it has expired can make a world of difference in your buying decision. Lastly, researching the device's history is crucial for your peace of mind. Checking the device's serial number can reveal if it has been reported stolen or if there are any outstanding issues with the device.

Refurbished Devices

Refurbished Devices: The Perfect Mix of Quality and Affordability

Refurbished electronics devices offer numerous benefits that make them an excellent choice for tech-savvy shoppers. One of the most significant advantages is quality assurance. Refurbished devices go through rigorous testing and certification processes to make sure they meet the same standards as new devices. This means you can trust that your purchase will perform as expected.

Most refurbished devices also come with a warranty, which gives you peace of mind and helps protect your investment. Aside from these practical benefits, buying a refurbished device is also good for the environment. By buying a refurbished device, you help cut down on electronic waste and make the tech industry more environmentally friendly.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to opt for a refurbished device is the cost savings. Most of the time, refurbished devices are cheaper than new ones, so you can save money without sacrificing quality.

Revibe's Competitive Edge: Their Winning Advantages

So now you know what "refurbished" is. How about the refurbished... at Revibe.me? For the devices we sell, we have our own set of guidelines and policies. So that your device arrives in perfect condition and is ready to scroll, we have created stress tests for device packing and given our vendors advice on how to pack devices best.

To ensure that touch screens and cameras are completely functional, devices are put through processes including flash and touch tests. We always keep an eye on our sellers through covert purchases, in-person trips to centers for refurbishment, and, of course, customer feedback. We also know that most tech problems don't show up until after a long time of use. That's why every product we sell comes with a 10-day money-back guarantee and a 1-year warranty. Additionally, Revibe.me offers a convenient 4-month installment plan on all their gadgets, allowing users to easily pay using Tabby, further enhancing the purchasing experience.

Galaxy S21+

Galaxy S21+

AED 2,550 AED 1,345

MacBook Air - 2019

MacBook Air - 2019

AED 5,250 AED 2,350

Iphone 13 Pro Max

Iphone 13 Pro Max

AED 4,699 AED 3,420


The Grading System: How Revibe Categorizes Refurbished Devices

To make sure you know exactly what to expect when your device arrives, Revibe also divides devices into categories based on their cosmetic grades. Depending on the grade of the device you purchase, you can expect either a little bit of cosmetic wear and tear or none at all. You choose the condition and the price that suits you because we don’t have the same needs and budget, and also because we want you to know what to expect. We have created a 3-grade transparent notation system 


  • Like new conditions and appearance. Technical condition and durability (incl. battery) are the highest possible.
  • Battery Health is above 95%
  • All devices on Revibe are 100% tested in depth and functional.

Very Good:

  • Light scratches, slightly visible from 20cm away. Technical condition is above the average according to Revibe quality standards.
  • Battery Health is above 90%
  • All devices on Revibe are 100% tested in depth and functional. 


  • Visible scratches and possible dents. Technical condition is within the average according to Revibe quality standards.
  • Battery Health is above 85%
  • All devices on Revibe are 100% tested in depth and functional.

No matter the cosmetic grade, every device functions like new. 

Refurbished vs. New: Why Refurbished Devices Go the Extra Mile

Is refurbished better than used? It's a resounding yes. But refurbished is also better than new. When you purchase a smartphone or any tech from Revibe, you’re not just getting a like-new device; you are also shrinking your environmental impact. On average, a refurbished smartphone has 91.6% less carbon emissions compared to a new smartphone.

Now that you know the difference between refurbished and used, you’re ready to take the plunge. Browse our devices, or if you need a second opinion, read our reviews.

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