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Target now sells used electronics returned to its stores

Many technology and gadget enthusiasts will be familiar with Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com's used item sales have already been largely heralded as a success.



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RE: Used 360's
By Inkjammer on 11/22/2007 12:55:20 PM , Rating: 3
Gamestop has been pushing its used crap with high prices on people for years, and making a fortune in the process. So, maybe it'll be paydirt for Target. That, or Target's logo will be renamed the "Red Rings of Death" due to all the broken 360s it sells.

I imagine they'll also get heavily into the PRP business, raising prices on them over time as well. Make the sale at cheap prices, swoon customers with warranties and/or swap out for other refurbs. Profit. AKA, reducethemselves to Best Buy's level.

"Would you like to subscribe to Sports Illustrated with your purchase, sir?" *gag*

(Just a note, I have a 360, love it, but facts is facts!)


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