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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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Hmmm
By Polynikes on 11/22/2007 1:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well, at least it sounds like they're gonna have it be pretty obvious about what's used and what's not.

My mom bought a phone/answering machine from Walmart that was used. I was helping her set it up and noticed "face grease" on the handset, and was like "Uh... I think this is used..." and she didn't think so.

The previous owners' recording was still on the frickin' answering machine.

I'll never buy anything at Walmart, ever.




RE: Hmmm
By mruffin75 on 11/22/2007 10:52:52 PM , Rating: 2
Had the same problem at Best Buy..

Bought a large Samsung air conditioner ("brand new" apparently)..

Got it home and opened the box only to find the box was taped up, when it should have been stapled (the staples were there...just broken open), there were screws missing (and the others were just strewn around the box, not even in a plastic bag), and there was a big dent in the air conditioner and the fan kept hitting it when it was running..

I guess that's the problem with stores that accept returns "no questions asked". People will inevitably take back broken items, and the store clerks won't be bothered to check it (or can't), and just put it back on the shelf to be sold to some other poor customer..


RE: Hmmm
By retrospooty on 11/23/2007 11:09:07 AM , Rating: 2
That was a mistake by Best Buy. That item should not have been sold as new, but as a refurb. At least with this Target deal, you are buying known returned items for cheap, as opposed to buying a new item that you find out was used/returned.


RE: Hmmm
By Screwballl on 11/23/2007 1:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
The local Best Buy and Circuit City stores have their returned merchandise marked as "previously-used" or "refurbished" which are working returns that someone just didn't know worked right or there may be a small dent or something along those lines. I have seen plenty of deals that I have bought through the years, most of the time they have the item out in the open so you can look at it and someone just goes in back and gets the box that has any extras in it or it sits on top of the original open box so you can make sure any screws or whatever are still inside.
Recently bought a "used" 32" TV for $250 that was in perfect shape but the notes still in the box from the return slip stated that customer did not like the buttons on the front... just a small flip down panel, no biggie.
Anytime we buy anything from walmart, we always check to see if the box had been previously opened and if it has, we just go behind or below it an get an unopened box. Also that is an easy way to tell if something is problematic, if there are 2 or more open and resealed boxes then it must be a problematic item.


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