Quick tip: for cheap Apple and Dell goods, don't forget refurbs

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

Not sure if you can trust the seconds store you're shopping at? Thankfully, two vendors in Australia sell their refurbished wares directly to the public.

Dell's Outlet store. (Screenshot by Craig Simms/CBS Interactive)

Sure, you could sign up to Catchoftheday and wait for whenever the latest excess stock from Asus, Samsung, HP or Lenovo turns up, or even peruse the likes of Grays Online, looking for cheaper equipment. But if you want immediate access to refurbished stock, both Apple and Dell have direct sites available.

You'll find that current- and last-generation products are available, usually for a decent discount. Most things on Apple's site are covered by its limited one-year warranty, while Dell's warranty will vary depending on the product. Both companies will allow extended warranties to be purchased, with Dell's monitors being the exception and limited to only one year.

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Crowz posted a comment   

I believe the Dell Outlet is only for USA customers. If it's not could you please direct me to the website? Cheers.


Crowz posted a reply   

Never mind I found it!


CraigH5 posted a comment   

The GraysOnline comment seems misinformed, Grays offer New and Refurbished mostly current tech computers, as well as some ex lease stock. Key vendors include Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony etc etc.


Craig Simms posted a reply   

Thanks, the story has been updated to reflect this.

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