Refurbished Electronics: The Good, the Bad and How to Save

Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 8:44 PM ET

There are rules, of course, to buying refurbished. Pogue notes that you should be cautious of anything “reconditioned” or “recertified.” This just means a product was broken and a third-party company fixed it in its own shop. If you stick with manufacturers you won’t get taken for a ride.