3 Tips for Buying Open Box or Refurbished Tools

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Whether you’re a homeowner, DIY-er or all around handyman (or woman), chances are you have a few useful power tools in your arsenal. But inevitably, there comes a time when even the most trusted of power tools reaches their last leg, and repairs or a new battery won’t suffice as a fix.

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So, what can you do when your favorite drill or impact driver finally bites the dust, and a brand new replacement just isn’t in the budget? Don’t despair. As it turns out, open box and refurbished tools pack just as much punch as new, often for a fraction of the price. But there are a few things to be mindful of as you shop to ensure you get the right tool for you at the best price for your budget. Here are three useful tips to keep in mind the next time you shop for power tools.

Know Your Conditions

If you’re in the market for open box or refurbished power tools, knowing your conditions is key to choosing the right tool for you. The best part is, when you’re open to shopping by condition, you’re in charge of your savings.

Need a new cordless drill? Sure, you can buy brand new at your local home improvement store, or you can save a little money by buying the same tool open box; and by buying refurbished, you could save even more! BLINQ makes it easy to choose your savings, your way. Here’s a run-down of BLINQ’s Open Box and Refurbished conditions to keep in mind the next time you find yourself in the market for a new tool:

  • Open Box tools come in the original packaging, although the packaging may show slight wear or damage. They come with original accessories, like batteries and chargers, and are fully functional. In some cases open box tools may have been floor models, or undamaged returns. In other cases, the packaging may have been too damaged for a retail store to put it on their shelves. Luckily, BLINQ partners with many of these top retailers to get open box tools and other items that you eventually snag at unmatched prices. Learn more about what open box means here.
  • Refurbished tools are used, but have been reconditioned to look and feel like new. They are tested by BLINQ’s warehouse team, and come fully functional. Refurbished tools come in generic packaging accompanied by any major accessories such as batteries or chargers. Most of the time, these tools were almost like new to begin with — but since they’ve been reconditioned, you can buy them at great discounts. Learn more about refurbished items here.

All in all, whenever buying open box, refurbished or like new goods, remember that it pays to buy from a reputable store that tests their products and has a good return policy—just in case.

Try It Out

If you’re replacing your favorite power tool with one just like it, there’s probably no need to worry about this step — you can easily just find a great deal online and click “Add to Cart.” But if you’re looking for an upgrade or want to try a different tool altogether, now may be a great time to hit your local brick-and-mortar home improvement store (or a friend’s garage) and try out that new power tool in person before you buy.

Check out what’s new, hold it in your hands, see if you like it, and put that potential new purchase through its paces before you head back to your computer to buy an open box or refurbished version online.

When doing your comparison shopping, you should also make sure to read up on different brands to find the right model for you. Whether you’re partial to Ryobi, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, or another brand, BLINQ makes it easy to browse deals on open box and refurbished tools from top brands, all in one place.

Safety First

Last but not least, power tool safety is always top priority when owning and operating your own set of tools. Once you have your purchase in hand, be sure to test out your new tools to make sure all the safety features are in place and working correctly. Remember to always use the correct tool for the job, and know when to step aside and let a professional do the work.
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So whether you’re first-time tool buyer or are just adding to your beloved toolbox, you can feel good purchasing your open box and refurbished power tools from BLINQ, as every item is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee. And if you decide you need a different tool for the job, you can rest easy knowing that you’re covered by BLINQ’s 30-day return period.

Do you have any spring or summer DIY projects you’re itching to get started on? Let us know in the comments!

Author: Daniel

Daniel lives by his wits in the remotest wilds of Montana. (Actually, he lives in a cozy downtown apartment with his wife and two cats.) When he's not shopping for deals he enjoys reading, writing, blogging, documentaries and frequent walks.

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