Is It Safe to Buy a Refurbished Computer for My Business?

Jan 13, 2022

Well, it looks like you found a great deal on some refurbished computers for your business! Before you click that BUY NOW button, there are some concerns you may want to address.

Are Accessories Included?

Sometimes a great deal is a great deal because it’s not… let’s say, “complete.” Perhaps you’re looking at a workstation that has been refurbished and costs half of what it would be new.

The computer may be in great shape, but it may only include the central processing unit (CPU). No monitor, no keyboard, no speakers, no mouse, no cables. If this is what you want, great. Otherwise, check the description carefully.

Are All the Parts Still There?

Computer parts have become incredibly expensive, especially graphics cards. This is due to a few issues, such as:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic
  • Chip shortages
  • Cryptomining
  • Increased demand

Many times computers are dumped on eBay with certain high-value components missing. Before you purchase an unbelievable deal on some Alienware desktops for your video editing business, check the description to make sure all of the components are included.

Why Was the Computer Returned?

Computers aren’t always returned because there was a fault. Perhaps a computer just didn’t meet the specs needed by the purchaser, or maybe a new model came out that they preferred. Find out what the reason is before rejecting it outright.

Is It Under Warranty?

If refurbished computers are new enough, they may still have a factory warranty. If not, this isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. Aftermarket warranties are relatively inexpensive, and you’ll still end up saving money over buying new ones.

Was the Computer Factory-Refurbished?

Find out who did the refurbishing. If the factory did it, then the computer should operate like new. Even if a reseller did it, that’s perfectly fine as long as they’re reputable.

What’s the Condition of the Computer?

If there are obvious signs of damage, you will want to pass. Inspect the items as carefully as you can, preferably in person. Depending on the configuration and price, you may still want the computer, but get a deep discount before you buy.

Are Refurbished Computers Secure?

Well, yes and no. No, in the sense that if you take a refurbished computer and plug it into your network with no intermediate steps, there’s always a chance that the seller (especially if they’re not reputable) didn’t do a good job of wiping the hard drive.

If you want to make sure your refurbished workstations don’t have any malware, viruses, or other harmful programs, you can format the drives or even buy new ones and have the old ones destroyed.

Speaking of Destroying Old Hard Drives…

If you’re in South Dakota or North Dakota and have some hard drives that contain sensitive information or harmful software, don’t throw them away! Get SEAM to securely destroy them.

We make sure your old hard disk drives and solid-state drives are destroyed in accordance with NIST and ISO 45001 standards, which means you can trust that the information is gone. So go ahead and get those refurbished computers with some peace of mind. And when you’re ready to get rid of your old drives, just call SEAM!

SEAM provides IT recycling and data destruction services including onsite shredding and hard drive wiping to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Schedule a pickup or contact us for more information.