Amazon’s Certified Refurbished storefront sells Echo speakers and displays at a steep discount, but can you trust the quality?
In the world of electronics, there’s new and then there’s newish. If you’re willing to forgo the joy of opening a fresh-from-the-factory box, tremendous deals can be had on the latter — and nowhere is that truer than the Certified Refurbished Echo and Alexa Devices store at Amazon. At any given time, you’re liable to find deep discounts on everything from Amazon Echo Show smart displays to, if you’re lucky, the Holy Grail of discounted Alexa gadgets — the Echo Studio, Amazon’s high-fidelity smart speaker with Dolby Atmos (and, yes, Alexa).
If you’ve ever stumbled upon this little discount storefront buried deep within Amazon, or even if you’ve only heard tell of such marked-down merchandise, you may have wondered, what’s the catch? Surprisingly, not much, other than you get to keep some of the money you’d otherwise spend on a brand-spanking-new device. Otherwise, you get the same return policy, same warranty and the same Alexa-powered smart home smarts you’d find in a comparable, full-priced version of the same gear.