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The big tech brands are always finding ways to make their latest products more innovative and cram in higher-spec cameras, brighter HD displays and more powerful processors.
All of this comes at a price, though, and top-of-the-range smartphones, laptops, and TVs regularly surpass the £1,000 mark, which can leave many of us feeling like we can’t afford the best.
Buying refurbished products is a great way to get around this and provides a more sustainable alternative to always buying new, but this can come with its own set of worries about the product’s condition, missing accessories or manuals or no opportunity to return it if you change your mind.
While eBay has always been the first stop for many to get cheap, refurbished products, the retailer has taken it a step further with its new Certified Refurbished hub.
The new Certified Refurbished programme from eBay tackles these justified concerns head-on. It offers ‘like-new’ products from big names such as Apple, Philips and Dyson – all approved by the manufacturer.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Certified Refurbished hub on eBay.
Certified Refurbished is a new scheme set up by eBay to provide you with products from big brands at discounted prices.
Products on this scheme have to fulfil a strict set of guidelines, including the product having little to no damage and being restored by a manufacturer-approved refurbisher.
Any products bought via the scheme will also be delivered free of charge to Mainland UK and arrive with everything you’d expect from accessories to manuals and original or new packaging.
To qualify for being sold with the Certified Refurbished stamp, the products need to be restored by the manufacturer or a manufacturer-approved vendor.
Any product sold as Certified Refurbished is inspected, cleaned and refurbished before being sold. This ensures that the product is ‘like-new’.
All sellers also offer a minimum 12-month guarantee on Certified Refurbished items so that you can shop with confidence.
This is different to Seller Refurbished on eBay, where the products with that label are inspected, cleaned and refurbished by the seller or third party.
There is a range of big brands available via Certified Refurbished. If it’s tech you’re after, you can get ‘like-new’ products from the likes of Apple, DELL, Philips, Lenovo, Marshall and ASUS. This covers everything from smartphones and headphones to laptops and TVs.
Elsewhere, you can also deck out your kitchen, garden and bedroom with brands such as Russell Hobbs, Dyson, Simba Mattresses, Flymo, Tefal, George Foreman and Krups coffee machines.
The full range of brands currently available can be found on the Certified Refurbished hub on eBay.
With Certified Refurbished products, you can save up to 30% off the RRP. For example, an iPhone 11 currently retails for about £599, but on the Certified Refurbished hub, you can get the phone for just £439.95. That’s a saving of over £150 or 27% off.
The Apple Watch Series 5 is no longer the brand's latest model but it does mean it's a lot more affordable. And, the features are still great for any iPhone user and include water resistance up to 50m, an always-on display and those infamous three rings so that you can monitor your movement.
A refurbished 44mm model is typically found for around £320 but you can save an extra £70 with this Certified Refurbished Apple Watch Series 5.
On sale for £154.99, this Certified Refurbished Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab features a 10.1-inch HD display, a 10-hour battery life and weighs just 580g. Brand-new, the 64GB tablet costs £249.99 saving you over £90 if you buy Certified Refurbished. For a full breakdown of the tablet's features, read our full Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab review.
There is a good range of Samsung Galaxy phones available Certified Refurbished at eBay. Despite only being released in April this year, the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is available Certified Refurbished for just £210.99. Typically on sale brand-new for £249, that's a saving of over £30 or 15% off.
Beyond 5G connectivity, the smartphone features a quad-camera set-up, fast charging capabilities and a battery life that should last 20 hours easily.
The iPhone SE is Apple's most affordable smartphone, but it still offers some quality features, including a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, 4K video, and has the same processor found in the iPhone 11 Pro. The 128GB model is typically found for around £450, but this Certified Refurbished iPhone SE is just £269.95 on eBay.
Brand-new, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 may cost £199 but you can save £30 by buying it Certified Refurbished at eBay. Featuring a 40mm aluminium watch face, the smartwatch is water-resistant and has multiple sensors to help track your workouts, stress levels and heart rate. Now available at eBay for £169.99.
Buy Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 for £169.99 at eBay
There’s also a good variety of laptops available on eBay, which can be a great option if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful device to get some work (or homeschooling) done on.
This HP Chromebook is just £279.99 via Certified Refurbished, saving 25% or over £100 off its usual price. Features include a 14-inch touchscreen, a flexible multi-design and USB-C and micro-SD card slots.
If you change your mind after buying a Certified Refurbished product from eBay, you have 30 days to return the item.
All Certified Refurbished products are also backed by a Money Back Guarantee from eBay. This means that if the product isn’t as described or doesn’t arrive, you can get your money back, no problem.
For more information on how Certified Refurbished works or to start shopping, head to the eBay website.