Saving Money on Refurbished Electronics

As the holiday season begins, so do all the deals. But, are you getting the most out of your shopping experience? Your Alaska Link’s La’shawn Donelson shares how shopping for used items can give you a little more bang for your buck.

Did you know, you can say 15 to 20% off of refurbished items just like these desktops here. The EPA reports electronics are the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Part of the problem is manufacturers make it difficult to repair old devices so people throw them out and buy new ones. The organization Alaska Environment hopes to change that. Their solution? A right repair campaign that encourages refurbishing rather than throwing things away. The Computer Renaissance store off Dimond Boulevard also suggests buying refurbished.

“When someone buys a refurbished electronic item rather than buying something new. They can reduce the environmental impact of that gift by up to 91%.”

And buying refurbished items means saving money.

“When you buy a refurbished product, you can anticipate that it will cost somewhere between 15 and 20% less than if you were buying the device new and then 10% on top of that for each year since the electronic devices debut. So it can save you a lot of money.”

“Value for their dollar that way. I mean, there’s still there’s still plenty of life left in them. Like I said, another ten years on them.”

There are things you need to watch out for when buying used items.

“It’s really important to ask the seller about the refurbished refurbishing process that they follow. And if they can’t give you specifics or they don’t know, then, you know it’s a riskier item to buy.”

And one customer agrees refurbished items saves money.

“Allowing me to get more things that I typically might not be able to afford or yeah. And in some cases, it’s led me to interesting things that I wouldn’t have otherwise chosen. But they were available. And so maybe discover something different.”

Alaska Environment has a consumer’s guide with information on how to save money and also help the environment. You can find out more about the guide at

La’shawn Donelson Your Alaska Link.