You can bag yourself a bargain by buying refurbished products instead of brand-new items.
Refurbished products are items that have been returned to the manufacturer and resold at a sizeable discount.
Often, they are returned either unused or barely used by the previous owner. They are always checked for defects before being resold.
Here, we round up the best places to find refurbished tech products and cheap kitchen appliances.
For links to all the sites where you can buy these products, see 'Useful links' at the end of the page.
Where to find refurbished laptops, tablets and iPods
Apple refurbished laptops
You can typically save around 15% on some Apple laptops, iPads and iPods through Apple's online refurbished product store. Apple Certified Refurbished Products have previously been returned by customers or have been used as demonstration units. They are tested, repaired and shipped with a one-year warranty.
Currys/PC World refurbished computers
Currys/PC World offers refurbished computers and laptops through its website. Refurbished products are either end-of-line stock or those that have been returned by a customer.
All clearance items have been professionally checked, tested, data cleansed, repackaged with all basic accessories and have a full 12-month warranty. However, they don't come with printed manuals.
Online outlet stores
Acer, Dell and HP are among the brands to sell refurbished laptops and computers at a discount. All products are tested, repackaged and come with a warranty.
Tesco Direct refurbished products
Tesco Direct sells refurbished tablets and iPods at a discount. All refurbished products are in full working condition with a 12-month warranty, but may have minor cosmetic blemishes.
Argos Clearance bargains
The Argos Clearance website sells a wealth of new and refurbished Argos products, including cut-price cheap laptops and tablets at up to around 30% off their previous Argos selling price.
Littlewoods Clearance eBay store
The Littlewoods Clearance eBay store sells clearance products on sale at up to around 50% discount, including laptops and other tech products from Sony, Panasonic and Samsung.
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Where to find refurbished phones, sat navs and digital cameras
Refurbished mobile phones on eBay
A number of mobile phone networks have eBay shops, which sell discounted brand new, end-of-line and reconditioned 'nearly new' mobile phones, either for eBay auction or via the 'Buy It Now' option.
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TomTom outlet store
You can save up to 40% on TomTom sat navs at the online TomTom outlet store. The sat navs on sale are fully reconditioned, with new front screens and covers. Some reconditioned sat navs may have minor cosmetic imperfections on the back, but all are TomTom approved and arrive in a new box with TomTom's standard limited warranty.
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Cheap digital cameras
Fujifilm refurbished digital cameras are available to buy online directly from Fujifilm. The digital cameras on sale are models previously returned to Fujifilm by retailers. Some have minor scratches or blemishes, but all are tested and reconditioned by Fujifilm. They come complete with full box contents and a 12-month warranty.
The Canon eBay shop also sells cheap digital cameras and refurbished accessories at a discount.
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Where to find cheap kitchen appliances
John Lewis outlet stores
John Lewis has a main outlet store in Swindon, which sells an ever-changing assortment of customer returns, imperfect furniture and large electrical appliances at reduced prices. All electrical appliances bought from the John Lewis Home Outlet are guaranteed for 12 months. John Lewis also has smaller outlet stores in Poole, Chester, Exeter and Croydon.
Visit the clearance section on the John Lewis website to find savings of up to 70% on a huge range of items.
Marks & Spencer outlet stores
Marks & Spencer also has a number of outlet stores selling its products with up to 40% off the original price. You can visit the Marks & Spencer outlet website to find a store near you. All online orders and deliveries are managed by Amazon.
eBay graded products
Graded items may have been returned, are ex-display or have been cancelled. All products are tested and repaired before being sold. All items are in working order but have cosmetic flaws. eBay has a number of online stores selling graded products at discounted prices and these include:
- Graded Electricals Direct - cheap graded irons and juicers from a variety of brands, including Vax, Breville and Electrolux. All products come with a 12-month guarantee.
- Ultimate Graded Appliances - graded and brand-new end-of-line Hotpoint, Indesit and Cannon kitchen appliances, including cheap ovens and freezers. All appliances are sold with a full 12 months' warranty. There may be some minor blemishes that are normally limited to the sides and rear of the appliances.
You can also search for graded products on eBay. Remember to add the type of item you are looking for, such as 'graded washing machines'. This tends to get better results than just searching 'graded'.
The state of the item, such as 'manufacturer refurbished', is listed along with faults or details of the condition.
How to find the best Amazon deals
Amazon often offers up to 90% reductions on tech products and kitchen gadgets among other items, but tracking down the best deals on Amazon's massive website can be tricky.
The best way to find the cheapest appliance deals is to select the department you want, eg 'kitchen and home', then the sub-category, such as 'kitchen and dining'. Sorting by popularity will generally allow you to see the best deals first. If you know the type of appliance or specific model you want, it's even easier to see what deals are available.
Amazon also offers cheap deals on items that have been returned, warehouse-damaged or refurbished - these can't be sold as new. The items are inspected, cleaned and repaired (if necessary) before being sold at discount prices. You can find them in the 'warehouse deals' section of the Amazon website.
- Amazon warehouse deals
- Apple's online refurbished iPod store
- Argos clearance website
- Currys clearance website
- Graded Electricals Direct
- John Lewis outlet store Swindon
- Littlewoods' Clearance eBay store
- Tesco Direct refurbished items
- TomTom outlet store
- Vodafone's eBay shop