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Das Keyboard Refurbished Professional Model S: what does "Refurbished" mean?

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Refurbished means "returned and/or used item which the factory has spruced up to like-new condition, or so they would have you believe". It's different from second-hand in that generally, it comes with a manufacturer's warranty.

None of the dictionaries I checked have this meaning — they only give the more literal "renovated, restored" definitions.

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Yes but what are they more expensive than the new Model? °_° –  Olivier Pons Nov 19 '10 at 15:52
    
If they're selling refurbished keyboards for more than brand-new keyboards, I would suggest running away^H^H^H^H^H^H^H finding a different vendor. –  Marthaª Nov 19 '10 at 16:30
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@Mr. Shiny and New: eh? All of "restored", "refurbished", "repaired", "used", "pre-owned", "second-hand", and "spruced up" share the meaning of "not new". As such, by definition they should cost less than the same item when new. (Naturally, this only applies if said item can still be obtained new. And it only applies to equivalent items, where the definition of "equivalent" can be quite restrictive depending on the product.) –  Marthaª Nov 22 '10 at 15:45
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(typing this on a Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate Silent, not refurbished) just as a general possibility in some cases if the manufacturing process has changed to a less expensive process some people might want items that were manufactured using the old process for either rational or irrational reasons, and if the demand for those items is high enough, then it might make sense for refurbished products to cost more than new ones. Just sayin' –  nohat Jan 10 '11 at 21:38
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Refurbished is also often used for legal/marketing reasons. Apple don't have sales - but will sell "refurbished" items, especially of the old model when a new model comes out. The refurbished items have never been sold or used - but it's phrased this way to put off some people who would then go and buy the brand new model. On high end products the makers might only allow authorized dealers to sell the product, or fix the minimum price. By listing them as refurbished other shops can sell them or sell at reduced prices. –  mgb May 20 '11 at 15:56

Wiktionary:

to refurbish

  1. To rebuild or replenish with all new material; to restore to original (or better) working order and appearance.

Merriam-Webster:

refurbish

to brighten or freshen up

Collins English Dictionary:

refurbish

to make neat, clean, or complete, as by renovating, re-equipping, or restoring

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Refurbished in this usage likely means the product was bought by someone and returned due to a defect, or recalled; the manufacturer "fixed" the problem and is re-selling the item.

The original problem may range from something generally inconsequential to very important, but typically the warranty @Martha refers to should cover the product for some time AND you should get quite a bit of cash knocked off the price.

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