Remanufactured Vs. Reconditioned

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Remanufactured products are completely taken apart, cleaned and remade to a new condition. Reconditioned products are cleaned, inspected, and repainted, and though some parts may be replaced, they are not returned to new condition.

1 Remanufacturing

Remanufacturing saves equipment such as machinery, office equipment, electronics and auto parts from being discarded. Also, consumers who do not need the latest equipment can save money by buying remanufactured equipment, which is typically sold with a full warranty because it is considered new.

2 Reconditioning

Reconditioned equipment is sold as used equipment and generally considered inferior because it is not returned to its original condition. It is sold at a lower price, and any warranty is less than that associated with the original.

3 Considerations

Both remanufacturing and reconditioning represent ways manufacturers and consumers can reduce municipal waste and conserve resources. However, remanufactured products are of higher quality and represent better value.

Lexa W. Lee is a New Orleans-based writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has contributed to "Central Nervous System News" and the "Journal of Naturopathic Medicine," as well as several online publications. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Reed College, a naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and served as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology.