Ridiculous Economics of On Line Spares.

  morddwyd 09:49 10 Apr 2018

Like many I have some remote controlled standard sockets. A couple of them have started to drop out so I went on line for spare sockets.

The best I could find was refurbished at £12.99 plus p&p.

I can get a brand new set of five for £21.49, post free!

Surely s a crazy world!

  wee eddie 12:23 10 Apr 2018

Then, buy another5 set, if they work for you

  Forum Editor 13:56 10 Apr 2018

Am I missing something?

If a refurbished item is unacceptably expensive it's a no-brainer, isn't it?

Buy five new sockets - then you'll have spares in stock when the next two fail.

  bumpkin 18:52 10 Apr 2018

Many things are overpriced online. I think the sellers work on the basis that the buyer does not look elsewhere or considers it a better product. As for anything so called refurbished, give it a miss unless you want a second hand one that has had a wipe over with a damp cloth or a returned item that is probably faulty.

  HondaMan 18:55 10 Apr 2018

Sounds a bit like some inkjet refills where it was almost cheaper to buy a new printer!

  Quickbeam 19:06 10 Apr 2018

The old adage 'You pays your money and you takes your choice' covers this dilemma...

  bumpkin 20:07 10 Apr 2018

*'You pays your money and you takes your choice' *

Yes indeed but at least learn from the wrong choices.

  morddwyd 20:14 10 Apr 2018

bumpkin is right, of course, people buy foolishly. \how else would these traders stay in business.how often=-en on ebay do uoyou see a winning bid in excess of the cost of a new item.

  oresome 14:29 11 Apr 2018

As for anything so called refurbished, give it a miss unless you want a second hand one that has had a wipe over with a damp cloth or a returned item that is probably faulty.

I recently purchased a refurbished Panasonic video recorder which to all intents and purposes was as new but cost around half the price of a new one.

I used to work for a manufacturer that also refurbished pagers. They were tested to spec and repaired as necessary. The case, battery contacts, display lens and lanyard were all replaced with new items, so hardly a wipe down with a damp cloth.

The refurbished pagers were then sent to an independent quality control company for final inspection before being returned to the customer or in some cases rejected and returned to us. (too many rejects and the entire batch would be returned)

I don't know what experience you have of refurbished products, but they can't all be tarred with the same brush.

  canarieslover 18:12 11 Apr 2018

oresome - I have also purchased a refurbished Panasonic, In this case a video recorder with DVD writing capability, the only manufacturer to support this format now. The first one was faulty but a quick phone call and it was replaced post haste. Second one has behaved very well since. Still prefer my old Toshiba but unfortunately they no longer make them. Again a great saving compared to a new one.

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