UK technology retailer, Currys, has announced it is trialling sales of refurbished technology on its website.
The group started selling cheaper, pre-owned mobiles, laptops and Chromebooks on currys.co.uk in November 2022.
Sales of second-hand items have seemingly boomed since the trial began, with 80% of the refurbished product lines selling out within the first week of sales. Refurbished laptops are in particularly high demand – without any supporting marketing activity, one in 10 online users searching for laptops organically browsed the available refurbished listings.
The refurbished products are individually checked over, restored (if required), and repackaged by Currys.
Unlike many other refurbished tech retailers, Currys says it can offer shoppers product support both online and in-store, meaning customers have extra peace of mind when buying pre-owned.
Previously only available via the ‘Currys Clearance’ eBay store, buyers of second-hand products now have all the payment options they would expect when purchasing new items via currys.co.uk, meaning a diverse range of ‘buy now, pay later’ options are available on all items. Currys also guarantees that each refurbished item is sold with charging power outlets and leads, something that most other refurbished retailers do not offer.
Until now, customers have only been able to buy second-hand tech which has been graded as being in ‘excellent’ condition. However, a range of items in ‘very good’ and ‘fair’ conditions were available at even lower price-points as of mid-February. Regardless of their condition, all items are sold with a 12-month technical guarantee.