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Target now sells used electronics returned to its stores

Many technology and gadget enthusiasts will be familiar with where you can buy both new and used electronics. Electronics fans will also be familiar with eBay where you can get both used and new items as well.

The problem with buying used electronics is that you never know how well they were maintained. Anyone who shops on eBay for long inevitably runs across a piece of used electronic equipment that wasn’t as advertised or just plain doesn’t work.

Target announced this week that it will trial a used electronics service. Target has three different categories for used electronics inside their electronics department. It lists iPods, video game consoles and TV/Video as categories. Reuters reports that Target claims the vast majority of electronics returned to its stores are in perfect working condition.

Target’s website says the electronics are checked, inspected and refurbished by an authorized manufacturer or a Target-managed third party. That should essentially mean the electronics bought used via the Target website are as good as new. In addition, with this service at Target the electronics all appear to come from Target store returns, which should make many users feel better about buying second hand goods than they might at eBay.

At the time of this writing Target lists several used iPods with pre-owned 30GB iPods going for $179.99, which is $40 off Targets list price. The only game console Target has listed is the very old Nintendo GameCube at $64.99. Target has a slew of TVs and other video electronics listed as well. You can get a 72-inch pre-owned Toshiba DLP rear projection TB for $2,799.99.

Selling used electronics is much better than simply shipping the broken electronics over seas, though if's used item sales have already been largely heralded as a success.

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By gramboh on 11/22/2007 12:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
Is this via the website only? Or will it apply to stores. If it applies to stores, how will they stop people from buying something, returning it (in perfect working order), then coming back (or having a friend come back) and buying it as 'used' (once it goes through the QA process).

RE: Pooling?
By kinnoch on 11/22/2007 2:08:22 PM , Rating: 5
I had some buddies in college who bought something from Ikea, built it, decided they didn't want it so they brought it back. Ikea took it back and refunded them. In the mean time they spent some time walking around idea, and at the very end they visited the prebuilt section, where they found the item they just returned. They then purchased the item back for like 50% off.

It wasn't their intent to rip off ikea, but it just worked out that way :)

RE: Pooling?
By xsilver on 11/22/2007 6:05:24 PM , Rating: 5
Damn swedes, too efficient for their own good.
They should have made you sweat it out for at least a day if not a week before re-selling the item.

I'd also be careful on buying anything refurb that has a battery. Who knows how much use it has had and buying an ipod for $40 less but half the battery life is probably not worth the trouble.

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