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Certified Refurbished Technology: What School Districts Need to Know


This blog post seeks to demystify the term “refurbished” as it applies to computers, laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks used in schools.

Let’s start with an analogy. Imagine that you have a teenage son who needs to drive to work. You decide you will invest in a car, but you have concerns about your son taking care of a brand new car. You have two options. Pay a lot for a new car that will lose 20% of its value in the first year and 60% in the first five years, or buy a pre-owned car for a fraction of the price that works just as well. The pre-owned car for your son is like a refurbished device used in schools—it provides all the functionality you need at an economical price.

Definition of Certified Refurbished Technology 

Refurbished technology is hardware that has been purchased and used and is no longer needed. A refurbished device does not mean that the device was previously broken and needs repair. It may have been only lightly used. Or perhaps it was not used at all. It is simply no longer needed by the original owner. All computers, laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks that arrive at Tech to School—regardless of how heavily they were used—go through a testing, auditing, and refresh process to certify that they are of the highest quality. These are then sold to schools as certified refurbished devices at lower prices to help schools stretch their dollars.

What Does Certified Refurbished Technology Offer to School Districts?

  • Affordability Buying certified refurbished technology enables your school to get the devices you want with the budget you have.
  • Practicality – Because devices—especially Apple computers, laptops, and iPads—have such a long life, there is no need to buy new, particularly given demanding student use. 
  • Ability to accomplish your educational goals – Certified refurbished technology is ideal for furnishing an entire new school, filling in technology gaps on a cart, completing a classroom set of devices, or supplying laptops to administrators.

What Is Different about a Tech to School Certified Refurbished Device?

With Tech to School, you get the best quality devices in the quantities that you require. We source the devices that you need, when you need them. We then run each device through a clear, thorough, and rigorous quality control process to certify each device is in good working order. We understand that teachers rely on technology to educate their students. Loss of instructional time is not an option, and we deliver. For 15+ years, we have been providing exceptional service to K-12 teachers, schools, and districts. We take pride in being trusted partners in serving your educational needs. 

Tech to School certified refurbished technology has our guarantee that the devices will work . That is why Tech to School has the longest and most generous warranty on the market—up to 4 years, which is ideally suited for schools and districts. 

Tech to School is committed to putting technology in the hands of students at a price schools can afford.


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