The Benefits of Buying Open-Box Appliances

July 23, 2021

What Does “Open-Box” Appliance Mean? Buying an open-box appliance is a great way to get an even greater price on a new appliance. What does it mean to buy open-box? We are glad you asked!

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Open-box simply means that the box an appliance comes in has been opened and is no longer “brand new.” This can happen for several reasons.

Sometimes, when appliances arrive at the store with minor cosmetic defects, they are sold as open-box. Floor models are also sold as open-box and certain customer returns are sold at an open-box discount. People make returns for a variety of reasons, including being too large or small for their space, the color is not what they were thinking, or they simply changed their mind. Purchasing an open-box appliance is the perfect opportunity to purchase a like-new appliance at a discount.

Benefits of Buying Open-Box

As we previously explained, open-box appliances are sold at a discount. This is a great way to get the high-end appliance of your dreams at a cheaper price. Small dents or dings, which do not affect how the appliance works (and you may not even notice), can lead to significant savings. Some discounts can be in the 20% off range! The money that you save can be used to upgrade to a nicer appliance, but even if you are not using the discount to upgrade your appliance, you may be able to leave the store spending less than you anticipated.

Risks of Buying Open-Box & What to Look For

While purchasing an open-box appliance is a fantastic deal for most, there can be some risks involved. Consider these things before purchasing an open-box deal:

  • Some warranties are void after the box has been opened and the product is returned, so you want to confirm at the time of purchase whether the warranty is still active. Although you may get a great price, if you get a “lemon” appliance and do not have a warranty, you are out of luck.
  • Yes, most returns are for minor cosmetic issues, whereas some appliances are returned after significant use. Ask about the history before you purchase.
  • Look for a clean appliance and avoid the dirty ones. While that may be obvious, a dirty appliance can indicate the appliance was a floor model for a very long time, or not properly cared for or maintained prior to being returned.

Shop Open-Box Appliances at Howard’s

At Howard’s, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best quality products possible. Stop into one of our locations today and ask if we currently have any open-box deals. We are always honest about the history of our appliances and any defects they may have. We are happy to pair you with the right appliance to meet your needs and save you money with an open-box discount.

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Extend your budget and apply today for special promotional financing. Howard’s can work with you to find flexible financing options and you can receive 18 months of no interest. Learn more about our financing options online today or contact us for more details.

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Purchasing home appliances can be a stressful time. We are always here to make it easier. Howard’s has been in business for over 75 years and is Southern California’s largest and most trusted appliance retailer. We offer free next-day delivery on purchases over $399 within qualified zip codes scheduled before 5 p.m. in the Southern California area. To make things easier for our customers, we also offer online chat, phone consultations, and online ordering. Shop one of our 13 locations or browse our selection online at Howards.com.

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