Problem: You want Apple AirPods, but don’t want to pay $159 to get them. No problem: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has refurbished.
Hang on: refurbished? Yep, that’s the catch. In this case, “Grade A refurbished” and “sanitized, cleaned and tested,” so they should be pretty close to new in terms of appearance and performance. And they’re backed by a 90-day Woot warranty, plenty of time to make sure everything’s working properly.
For sake of comparison,, smack in the middle between list price and this refurb deal. That makes the decision even tougher, if you ask me.
Woot also has refurbished, which is $42 off the Amazon price. If you’re concerned about the ick factor associated with used earbuds, know that AirPods Pro have rubber tips that are presumably not used (or you could easily replace them with new tips).
Last year, wondering if they’d work well or be visibly used (and gross), I bought a pair of refurbished AirPods Pro from an eBay seller. Price paid: $168. End result: They looked like new and have served me well ever since.
Your mileage may vary, of course.
Truth be told, I really like AirPods — both varieties. But I’ve also found, and CNET’s David Carnoy compiled .
My question for you: Assuming like-new condition, would you be willing to buy refurbished earbuds? Or is the thought of it just too icky?
First published earlier this year. Updated with new deal details.
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