The second-hand Xbox Series S refurbishment process
When a retailer receives a trade-in Xbox Series S the console will be taken through a series of checks and refurbishment techniques that may differ slightly from retailer to retailer. This refurbishment process' main aim is to get the consoles in a state fit for resale and being brought up to a quality as close to new as physically possible. Consoles will be checked for any liquid-related damage, external ports will be tested making sure that they all function properly. Consoles will also be thoroughly cleaned to ensure the highest standard and also reset to factory settings so that they are ready for their new owner. When all this is done and the console is in full-working order it will be listed for sale by the retailer.
When it comes to buying a refurbished console there are obviously different levels of how good the condition of a console is. Here at GamingDeals.com we list the quality of each console we compare in the deal. The conditions we list in order from worst to best are "Fair", "Good", "Very Good", and "Pristine" all the way up to "Manufacturer Refurbished" we also list "Damaged Box" which normally means the console is brand new however its box is damage which is certainly not a bad way to save a bit of money if you don't mind the box not being in perfect condition. Lower gradings such as "Fair" are more likely to have cosmetic issues such as bumps and scratches on the body of the console compared to a console that is listed as "Pristine". However, be assured that all consoles will be fully functional and there should only be aesthetic differences.
Where can I buy a refurbished Xbox Series S?
When it comes to buying a pre-owned Xbox Series S there are quite a few online retailers you can pick from. Stock is rather unpredictable with the second-hand market as the console is still relatively new and obviously gamers need to be trading in their consoles to allow for the refurbished market to flourish. As time goes on this will increase more and more. Right now the most reliable retailers for refurbished Xbox Series S consoles tend to be eBay, GAME, Amazon, Microsoft Store and MusicMagpie.