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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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RE: Used 360's
By lumbergeek on 11/22/2007 1:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
Hell, I've stopped buying from TigerDirect entirely. Crap, more crap and nothing but the crap, so help me God.

RE: Used 360's
By johnbuk on 11/23/2007 9:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
Not about to buy a refurbished 360- too many problems with those and have to think that any refurbished models would be as bad if not worse than the old new models.

Had never heard the dissing regarding Tigerdirect before though. Have purchased countless refurbished equipment from them and never had a problem with any of it. Getting a refund from them is slow and pain in the ass, but so that's the case with most refunds everywhere.

RE: Used 360's
By TomCorelis on 11/24/2007 5:22:25 AM , Rating: 4
A few things:

* I bought a used 360 (mfr date 12/2005) from a friend on the forums that I frequent, and so far, no problems whatsoever.

* Once upon a time, EB/Gamestop's used game section was a goldmine for great deals. Toss in the game card, which once only costed $5 and got you 10% off all used stuff, and you could score some great games muy muy cheapo. Once the two companies completed their merger, though, seeing that they had a virtual lock on the organized secondhand gaming market, they implemented a newer, crappier policy of selling used games for $5 less than SRP. $5 less! That's extortion.

What I don't like about Target's used offerings are that once again the discounts just don't justify the condition. I buy used because it takes me closer to paying what the product is worth in my mind, and frankly if you haggle around you can score some excellent, excellent deals. $40 off an iPod isn't the price you pay for a used iPod, it's the price you pay for a new iPod on sale -- which is especially egregious since the things depreciate so quickly, and their life expectancy is so short. (My 4G iPod Photo 60gb is dying...)

Which brings me one final point: consumer electronics are poorly built nowadays... I would be wary of buying consumer electronics used especially if they're more than a few months into their lifespan. My iPod lasted two years, and my Creative Nomad Jukebox lasted less. I had a Canon Powershot A70... 3 years. The head unit in my car ... 5 years.

And "refurbished"? Take the time to actually ask someone in the know what that really means....

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