When I wanted an Ipod in high school so I could listen to my music at school, they were beyond my capacity to afford the purchase.
Most of my extended family members were poor so I didn’t really get money for birthdays or holidays that I could save for larger purchases.
Luckily, I learned about factory refurbished Ipods that were 35% less than the brand new ones. My parents were skeptical that I’d be getting a broken device that only worked for a few months at best, but it arrived and looked like it was brand new. That factory refurbished Ipod lasted for six years of daily use until I left it on a cruiseliner inadvertently. For all I know, it would have survived for much longer had I not lost it in the end. So when I needed a new window air conditioner for my apartment and realized it would cost a lot more money than I initially realized, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to look for a factory refurbished machine before settling on something needlessly more expensive. I was delightfully surprised to quickly find a marketplace for factory refurbished appliances and scored a deal on a name brand window air conditioner for $50 less than the normal retail device. This amounted to a 25% savings overall, and the refurbished machine works perfectly fine. The company who made the machine did a great job making sure it was working like a brand new model. There were no odors in the window a/c and little to no sign of use.