Refurbished R, A, B, C, D Grade mean?

So what does Grade R, A, B, C, D Refurbished mean?

Refurbished what does grade a b c d mean in refurbished IT

Refurbished R, A, B, C, D Grade mean? The condition of graded of refurbished products is open for criticism by suppliers within the trade. You do have to be very careful when purchasing graded IT equipment and guarantee that you are aware of exactly what you are getting for your cash. Many essential suppliers have a grading guide to what they class as different grades are usually provided right on their website. Make sure you ask if they are not transparent in this regard.

Here is a video you can watch to better explain what grade A will look like.

Below is the most common understanding of grades. This is the Filmar Technologies Equipment Grading Classifications and Descriptions

Grade “NEW”- Grade NEW Item will be New in the Box Sealed Unopened Product with all accessories, adapters, and cables.

Laptops

  • Grade “R”- Grade R Item will be New in the Box or Brown box (like new condition)
  • Grade “A”- Grade ‘A’ laptop classification is reserved for units that show evidence of very light previous use. Any wear on a Grade A Laptop unit, including housing and external surfaces (i.e. cover / lid and keyboards) is associated with standard minimal use. Grade A units may have very minor scuffing and / or minor abrasions with light wear on keyboard from light standard previous use. Grade A Laptop screens will NOT feature scratches, cracks, chips, dead pixels, dark spots, discoloration or blemishes. Grade A Units will only feature the standard / minimal wear and tear that is associated with a used laptop.
  • Grade “B”- Grade B laptops are fully tested and fully functional but subject to have: scratches on laptop body and may feature more excessive unit housing and/or external surface wear than Grade A units, including scratches on cover / lid and heavier wear on keyboards. Grade B laptops may feature one or several small dings or dents on covers and / or small paint chips on the surface. Grade B Laptop screens may feature uneven light diffusion in screen and may feature subtle blemishes. Grade B Laptops will not feature cracks or dead pixels on screens, but may feature slight scratching on screen.
  • Grade “C”- Grade C laptops are fully tested and fully functional but may feature: multiple and / or excessive scratches on laptop body, large paint chips, dents or dings on housing and external surfaces. Grade C Laptops will often feature broken hinges / latches and Grade C Laptop screens may feature uneven light diffusion in screen, screen blemishes and / or dark marks in screen. Grade C Laptops will feature moderate to aggressive heavy wear from previous use
  • Grade ‘D’ Grade “D” Products are defective Non- Working or Cosmetically flawed beyond repair. Units are to be used for parts only. These units can never be returned.

PCs / Desktops / Workstations

  • Grade “R”- Grade R Item will be New in the Box or Brown box (like new condition)
  • Grade “A”- Grade A PCs will have no deep scratches, cracks, paint chips, or broken/missing pieces. (like new condition)
  • Grade “B”- Grade B PCs are fully tested and fully functional but subject to have: light scratches on external body and may feature more excessive unit housing and/or external case wear than Grade A units, including wear on case / lid. Grade B PCs may feature one or several small dings or dents on covers and / or small paint chips on the surface.
  • Grade “C”-Grade C PCs are subject to have multiple scratches, large areas of paint missing, severe dents and may feature brokenhinges / latches
  • Grade ‘D’ Grade “D” Products are defective Non- Working or Cosmetically flawed beyond repair. Units are to be used for parts only. These units can never be returned.

LCD or LED Displays /Monitors : Displays

    • Grade ‘A’ Display classification is reserved for units that show evidence of very little to no previous use. Any wear on a Grade A Display, including housing/frame and/or external surfaces (i.e.frame) is associated with standard minimal use. Grade A units may have minor scuffing and / or minor abrasions on plastics with from standard light previous use. Grade A Displays will feature no scratches, cracks, chips, dead pixels, dark spots, discoloration or blemishes. Units will only feature the standard minimal wear and tear that is associated with a used unit.
    • Grade “B”– Grade B Displays are fully tested & fully functional subject to have: scratches on body, small paint chips, minor cracks on body, loose and/or wobbly bases. Grade B Displays screens may feature uneven light diffusion in screen and may feature subtle to moderate blemishes. Grade B Displays will not feature cracks or dead pixels on screens, but may feature slight scratching on screen surfaces from moderate use or wear.
    • Grade”C”– Grade C LCD monitors are fully tested & fully functional subject to have: multiple scratches on body, large paint chips, large cracks on the body, loose/wobbly base, dark spots on the screen that exceed .5 inch in diameter, uneven light diffusion, light scratches on screen up to 2 inches, no more than 5 dead pixels.
    • Grade ‘D’ Grade “D” Products are defective Non- Working or Cosmetically flawed beyond repair. Units are to be used for parts only. These units can never be returned.

*****Despite any impurities, all of the units described above will be fully functional ( Except Grade D )*****

Tablets & Ipads

    • Grade ‘A’ Like new, very minor wear; Light/fine scratches on screen, Scratches must be shallow and not catch on your fingernail when you rub it across the screen.The scratch should be hard to view and require tilting the iPad with a bright light in order to see them.

 

    • Edge around the glass must be free of visible dents nicks and scratches with the one exception being light scratching around the power port.

 

  • The back plate may have light/fine scratches including the Apple logo. Discoloration, do to pit, scrape, scratch or dent must be less than a quarter inch in diameter.
  • Grade “B”– Grade B Displays are fully tested & fully functional subject to have: scratches on body, small paint chips, minor cracks on body. Grade B Displays screens may feature uneven light diffusion in screen and may feature subtle to moderate blemishes. Grade B Displays will not feature cracks or dead pixels on screens, but may feature slight scratching on screen surfaces from moderate use or wear.
  • Grade”C”– Grade C Tablets, monitors, All in one units are fully tested & fully functional subject to have: multiple scratches on body, large paint chips, large cracks on the body, base scratches, dark spots on the screen that exceed .5 inch in diameter, uneven light diffusion, light scratches on screen up to 2 inches, no more than 5 dead pixels.
  • Grade ‘D’ Grade “D” Products are defective Non- Working or Cosmetically flawed beyond repair. Units are to be used for parts only. These units can never be returned.

*****Note:Please Read the FILMAR COMMENT: and ITEMS MISSING: in each items product description. Despite any impurities, all of the units described above will be fully functional ( Except Grade D )*****

 

8 thoughts on “Refurbished R, A, B, C, D Grade mean?”

  1. Glad you have the shop on line now, Phil. It is well organized and looks good too. And I appreciate your explanation of your grading system as well, although I note it’s not complete yet. For example, the iPads only have Grade A listed above, yet you have some marked as Grade “D”. So far, you haven’t explained Grade “D” on any of the categories.

    • Refurbished means good battery but does not mean new battery. What good means to me, the battery should at least be able to hold a charge of 45 minutes or more. Refurbishers are able to test this a few ways before the laptops go out the door.

  2. Hello, thanks for this report.

    Is there a comparison chart somewhere that lists the businesses that refurbish tech products? This would rank them on workmanship, value, price, etc.

    Haven’t found a place to read about such a study, but in this economy, purchasing previously-loved (yep, saw that somewhere) tablets, laptops, cell phones, desktops, etc., will soon become a necessity. Savvy tech types would benefit greatly from a review of refurb companies.

  3. All the grades seem to focus on the outward appearance but none talk about whether there are or were function issues. Are we to assume that all function issues have been corrected or were non-existent upon return from the customer.

    • Mr. Waite nice to see you here.

      Used, refurbished, off lease, and or used IT products should have a grade associated with it. If it does not have one, then I would NOT buy it. The Grade should be only associated with the cosmetic condition, and the product should be fully functioning regardless of the grade, but this is my perspective.

      I wouldn’t assume anything, and I would ask the seller these questions when buying anything with a grade. IT resellers/refurbishers try to accurately describe the condition of used and refurbished products, so you will know what to expect and that you will not be disappointed. Because IT Techs are humans with free will, rational thought, and independence of choice, occasionally I will find that their judgment of an overall grade or condition differs from seller to seller. Please let us know if have any more questions.

      Thank you

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