As noticed by 9to5Mac, Apple appears to be selling its refurbished products through eBay under the username “refurbished_outlet.” The eBay Store appeared around a month ago, with no traceable information to Apple, but the terms under which the products are sold suggest that it is indeed Apple selling these products.
From 9to5Mac’s report:
We thought Apple might be testing the waters to sell refurbished products directly to customers through eBay, and it seems that’s exactly what is happening. We discovered that this is in fact an Apple-run Store within eBay. It is in trial, and it could open the door to much bigger things. No one would go on the record at eBay, however.
The “Apple certified refurbished products” come with:
- Full one-year warranty
- Returned to like-new condition
- iPads/iPods include a new battery
- Received complete burn-in testing
- Original OS re-installed
- Repackaged with manual and cable
- Final quality inspection by Apple
Refurb products sold through Apple’s own online store come with the same assurances. Even the prices of the products on eBay are the same as that on Apple’s site. The taxes applied, however, vary between the two stores — Apple applies taxes for purchases in all U.S. states while eBay taxes only a select few.
The user “refurbished_outlet” has an impressive 99.6 percent positive feedback, and depending on which U.S. state you live in, the eBay store might even be a better option than Apple’s own online store.
If you’re looking for a holiday bargain on an iPad (or Mac) this might just be the first place for you to look. What we’d like to know is whether this store is available for users outside of the U.S. If so, that represents a huge opportunity for both Apple and consumers.