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refurbished computer

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches & Analyzers' started by chimong, Feb 12, 2021.

  1. chimong

    chimong Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: China
    Hello everyone new diver here. I'm looking for an entry-level dive computer and I came upon this deal online. (picture attached)

    I'm mostly curiously about what "refurbished" means here. I know there are all kinds of other refurbished electronics for sale on the internet, but I've never purchased one before, so I'm clueless here.

    Wikipedia says "refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects", and "refurbished products may be unused customer returns that are essentially 'new' items, or they may be defective products that were returned under warranty, and resold by the manufacturer after repairing the defects and ensuring proper function." Sounds not so bad, but how truthfully does it describe the reality?

    Because it is my understanding that dive computer is a delicate device and needs to be well maintained, I wonder if it is wise to buy such a refurbished computer at all? Will it look the same and come in the same box with all the accessories as a brand new one? Will the quality be worth the price?

    Any pertinent knowledge and advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance! (And also how is Cressi Goa for an entry-level computer?)

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  2. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
    Refurbished in this case, I'd guess just means they replaced the battery and any o-ring, pressure tested it, and made sure it works. As far as packaging or what comes with it, you'd really need to ask the seller.

    Dive computers, like most dive gear, are not particularly delicate.
  3. BoltSnap

    BoltSnap Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    It probably means the computer probably had warranty issues and was serviced/repaired. I don't think that the discount offered here is worth the risk.
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  4. Robbyg

    Robbyg Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
    If it’s an eBay seller I would send a message to him asking him to confirm if Cressi did the refurbishing and what is the exact condition of the DC.
  5. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    +3: It's not particularly delicate but it's pressure-proof and any kind of "refurbishing" that messes up pressure-proofing is better done by Cressi. The battery (and battery compartment o-ring) is user-replaceable, as is the wrist strap. I wouldn't call replacing those "refurbishing" but your seller might.

    I.e. better ask the seller exactly what "refurbished" means.
  6. Jonn

    Jonn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Alberta
    I would want to save a bit more than 21.95% on a referb, I would take a hard look at any warranty and who exactly administers it, but you’ll probably be okay. Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances!
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  7. chimong

    chimong Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: China
    Thanks for all your replies. Basically every agrees that it's not worth the risk unless the seller gives information on how exactly it is refurbished. This is not on ebay but on a online shop, and I haven't got a reply after I emailed them about this item. So I will stay away from it for now.
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  8. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    $75 off wouldn't be enough to get me to buy something from ebay. That site is notorious for scams.

    Generally when buying used/refurbished/not new, I expect a 50% or greater discount vs new price ($225 for cressi goa). Unless it's something rare. It's pretty common to get those prices on used gear, too.

    re: used vs refurbished. Everything I've ever bought refurbished has been new in appearance, completely unblemished and scratch free. If the watch face had a scratch, cressi would have replaced the face during refurbishing. Otherwise it's "used." That's generally what refurbished means, although there's always some scammer out there trying to stretch the meaning of refurbished.

    Also, refurbished usually comes with a manufacturers warranty. Often the same as if it were new (but not always). Used generally has no warranty or whatever is left from when it was sold as new (if the warranty was transferable).
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  9. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    IME it's 30 to 90 days vs. 1 to 3 years for the new item; I've never seen full warranty on a refurb nor on anything warranty-replaced even when the replacement item was in fact brand new in factory sealed packaging.

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