What Does Factory Recertified Mean?

NOTE: When a product wears a "factory recertified" label, it indicates a previously purchased item returned to the manufacturer.
Big box stores have a guaranteed sale policy with manufacturers so unsold products as well as customer returned products are all sent back to them.
These items are factory-inspected, often by a third party, and if needed, repairs are made to return the item to original as new condition.

Factory recertification is necessary for items with slight cosmetic damage, items where the box or packaging was opened or damaged during shipment, and unsold items returned to retailers for various other reasons.
Retailers also sell demonstration units and overstocked items after factory recertification.

Factory recertified merchandise undergoes more rigorous testing than products bought directly off the assembly line.
Because the product goes under this additional inspection, not only does the consumer receive better quality equipment at a lower price, it comes with a decreased chance of future problems than an item purchased new.

Factory Recertified Quality