Is second-hand technology a sound investment?

There are outlets for second hand computers, smartphones and tablets cropping up all over the place at the moment – and often they’re offering expensive technology at a really substantial discount. It might seem like the perfect way to get the latest gadgets without paying top dollar, but are you really getting your money’s worth?

If a gadget or computer costs half the price but lasts for half as long, it really isn’t the bargain it seems at first – and there are plenty of shoddy second hand computers around on the market today.

The good news is that if you choose a reputable supplier who has carried out all the necessary checks, buying second hand is an excellent way to bag a serious bargain. You could pay half or quarter of the price you would to buy a Mac new and still get almost all the functionality that a new machine would offer.

There isn’t an industry-wide definition of what the words refurbished, re-manufactured, reconditioned or pre-owned mean in the context of second hand computers. Buy from the wrong supplier and you could find yourself with a machine that’s had botched repair jobs.

Most reconditioned computers should as a bare minimum have had hard drives wiped clean and a new operating system freshly installed from scratch, then checks performed to ensure that everything is running as it should.

That’s why it’s important to buy from a reputable supplier like Bits & PCs, where our experts have performed a battery of checks to make sure our technology is in tip top condition before we sell it on. You’ll also be able to see exactly what you’re getting with our detailed descriptions and specifications, plus info about any aesthetic damage like scratches and chips.

You’ll find an extensive selection of refurbished Apple Mac computers alongside refurbished PCs and second-hand iPads and monitors. Buying second-hand is the perfect way to keep costs down. Of course, if your current machine is still serviceable, you can talk to us about repairs and improvements.