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    computer jagat published an article this month 'BD computer markets are full of refurbished and low quality products of renowned brands, even fake products'.

    com jagat interviewed authorized distributors of BCS who mainly say BCS computer city is out of the range for those ***** shopkeepers but multiplan center and other computer markets of BD are full of those corrupt shopkeepers who will sell you refurbished or low quality products, specially ram, hdd, power bank etc, but if you are not careful enough you can end up buying any refurbished product in any market in BD, processor mobo, monitor, power supply, gpu, any mobile phones. etc.

    this is part of what we(BGers) were talking about last 5 years. i guess they are 5 years lagged behind or something.


    while they say there are no BCS shopkeeper who sells refurbished, we really dont trust that information... well, you know why...


    so my question- when buying how do we actually know a processor, motherboard, ram, or other product we are buying is refurbished or not?

    because based on couple of complaints i personally think any shop can try to sell me refurbished.


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    For phones : Using the touchscreen keypad, Dial ##786# or *#*#786#*#* then scroll down the RTN screen to see the reconditioned status and there it'll show either it's refurbished or factory new.

    For motherboards : Don't know any refurbished ones that come with a fully sealed box with everything inside, if there's something missing it's refurbished.

    For cpu : Now someone can't really make a refurbished cpu and sell it, what they do is they take it out of a pc, pull the thermal paste, clean and resell. you could check and see if there was any signs of previously applied paste on it to see.

    As for RAM, i haven't come across one so don't really know the difference. but the main thing is the price would be much lower for any refurbished product. and they wouldn't exactly give you a full sealed box with all the components inside. just inspect it before buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousTaher View Post
    when buying how do we actually know a processor, motherboard, ram, or other product we are buying is refurbished or not?
    Not sure about other items, but for HDDs, always check S.M.A.R.T values like power on hours and start stop count etc. when you power it on for first time. Max 2-3 power on hours and max 2-3 start stop counts are OK.

    For processor and RAM, new and refurbrised doesn't matter as long as the product is runs OK, and overclocks without any problem (if you want to overclock).

    GPU and Motherboards are the biggest risks in this matter.

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    Manufacturer refurbished products usually bear a seal/tag saying something like 'Refurbished', 'Recertified' etc. However I doubt the refurbished products in our market are factory refurbished. So I guess you have to determine just by inspecting the product, looking for signs of wear(resealed box, minor scratches/spot on product). If you are buying from a not-so-reputable shop for whatever reason(cause I don't think saving 200-300tk is worth the risk), insist on seeing the product first by opening the box.

    One thing to note, manufacturers don't usually provide warrenty on refurbished product.

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