Save Money with Refurbished Computer Hardware

Save money on computer purchases by shopping for refurbs.

Ho! Ho! Ho! 'Tis the season to dispense some cash, as well as to be jolly. If your holiday buying plans include one or more PC purchases, then I strongly urge you to investigate the major maker's refurbished PC sales outlets. All those companies operate lease programs, and they sell those machines as business leases end.


Add to any computer retailers secondhand stockpile  are dented and scraped units, as well as the need to flush out aging sales inventory. In my experience, buyers can save anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent off the cost of buying identically equipped new machines from the current (10th or 11th Gen Intel processors or Ryzen 5000 or 7000 series CPUs) leading technology edge.


To make things as easy for prospective buyers as possible, I've assembled a linked list from all of the computer makers I've ever bought from, tested and evaluated, or heard about positively. Please readers: Don't spend more than you have to. And even if you're not picking up a new unit this holiday season, remember this list the next time you go shopping — knock yourselves out!


Acer Recertified

Apple Certified Refurbished

Dell New and Refurbished Outlet

Fujitsu Outlet Store

HP Outlet Store

Lenovo Laptops Outlet

Samsung Certified Refurbished


What About the Other Guys?


Yes, I also searched for official or vendor-sponsored refurbished outlets for Asus, MSI, LG, Sony, Toshiba and others. If they exist, I couldn't find them. But I did find lots of other ways to scarf up refurbished PCs from them and other makers, too.


Big online outlets like Newegg, CDW, Best Buy, and Amazon all offer refurbished units for sale as well as new PCs of all descriptions. eBay keeps popping up in online sales searches for refurb units, and there are some outlets that apparently specialize in such things, too:,, and others. If you're a creative shopper, then you'll quickly find yourself enthralled with all the options to save money that you didn't know you had.


The moral of the story remains unchanged from my initial premise: If you want to buy yourself, or somebody else, a PC in the near future, then you will find it at least diverting to check out the many and various refurbished PC options at your disposal. Ladies and Gentlemen: Start your search engines! (And prepare to waste some serious time.) Happy holidays, too.


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About the Author

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed also writes on certification topics for Tech Target, ComputerWorld and Win10.Guru. Check out his website at, where he also blogs daily on Windows 10 and 11 topics.