My experiance with refurbished electronic equipment, plus working in marine/aviation electronics companies over the last 4 years, has shown that purchasing refurbished gear can be a better thing to do, especially if a full but slightly shorter warranty is offered. Most 'built-in' faults will appear reasonably soon if the equipment is used regularly anyway.
This may not be true for all companies, but the refurbished gear is normally rebuilt and tested by proper trained service technicians on a one to one basis, rather than mass produced and tested on a production line by semi-skilled line operatives who are following a set instructions and don't really have a clue about what they are doing.
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