Many companies refurbish their products and sell them online along with new devices. This is a great idea for people who are looking for that particular device with a low budget but are not willing to buy from a third party as they cannot be sure of the quality of the product. But in cases where the companies themselves refurbish and sell them, you will not have to worry about the quality of the device when it comes to the functionality. But you can expect some wear and tear in the cosmetic department.
Anyway, Nintendo has started selling the refurbished versions of its gaming consoles online now. But right you, you can find only the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo DSI XL. But given some time, there is no doubt we will start seeing the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS XL also in the same store. Nintendo says:
“Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Products are the only refurbished products in the market that have been cleaned, tested, and inspected to meet Nintendo’s high standards. They come with a one year warranty – the same warranty we offer on our new products. These products are only available directly from Nintendo. Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Products are guaranteed to be fully functional, but may have minor cosmetic blemishes.”