Friday, April 4, 2014

What exactly is the Difference between New and “Refurbished” Products?

After hearing the word “refurbished,” you think of used and worn out items that have a diminished life cycle. Words such as recycled or re-purposed pop into our heads, but this is not what manufacturers actually do with their products. Although the pricing structure is a difference of anywhere between 20-60% for a refurbished product as compared to a new product, there can be little to no difference between the 2 (and sometimes the refurbished product can even be better.)

When a customer returns a product, it cannot be sold as new due to legality issues. Whether the item is touched or untouched (such as a shelf pull), it must be marked as a refurbished item which results in a price reduction. Refurbished products will also include products that have cosmetic damage during shipping, products that have been stocked incorrectly and products that have been used as demonstrators, resulting in a drop in price.

A lot of refurbished items are actually completely reworked and shipped backed to the manufacturer for second-step refurbishment process. The product will be completely dismantled to all the materials’ original states and rebuilt to the specs of a new product. The manufacturer will then verify the unit works by putting the refurbished product through a series of tests to check its functionality. Once the product has passed the functional tests, it will be packed and shipped to refurbishment channels.

The caveat of buying refurbished products is the return and warranty process will be generally sold as is with no return policy. Refurbished products must be sold in working condition or marked with a general statement of the defects that occurred before the part was reworked. However, most manufacturers will offer a limited warranty or service contracts on the refurbished items they sell.

This is the case here at CoreCentric Solutions, Inc., where we specialize in appliance parts refurbishment as well as small appliance refurbishment. Every part we perform repairs on is done the same way each and every time, as our technicians follow detailed work instructions and processes to ensure consistency and quality. Each of our parts and products comes with a minimum of a 90 day warranty, with some even having lifetime warranties. We create value in purchasing refurbished appliance parts that can sometimes work beyond the life of a new part. Whether you are having problems with your current appliances or are looking to purchase a new ceiling fan or refrigerator, look to CoreCentric Solutions, Inc. to create value for you. 

The Value of Core

There really are no meaningful conversations about the topic of remanufacturing without diving into the subject of cores. Cores can be perceived in such different lights, and I believe many of these perceived notions about core are derived from the lack of understanding about why cores are important and how they should be understood. The need and uses of core create a unique business model for the remanufacturing industry and causes remanufacturers to analyze their business models for future success based on the supply-loops they will incur.

There are many different definitions and distinctions of core. The simplest way to describe core is a used part of any kind. Most of the time, the core is just a used part until it has been separated from its original-use form. The vague definition of what core really is explains why core has such a wide spectrum of worth and value. The same terminology is applied to a part that is pulled from an appliance only 1-hour into its duration as a part that has been in use for 3+ years. Therefore, it is important for remanufacturers to understand the worth and value of every core piece.

At CoreCentric Solutions, we understand the value and worth of each core we receive. Every core we received is logged and stored for future examination by our Engineering team. Once we figure out a process by which to repair the core part, we replace each and every failure in that part the same way and put those core parts into production. Each and every time the same noted failures are replaced 100% of the time, no matter if they are still working on the core part or not. This puts more value on CoreCentric’s core parts due to our advanced testing and remanufacturing processes. CoreCentric restores the value of core at the highest possible level, no matter where the core is in its life cycle. 
Choosing an Energy-Efficient Refrigerator

Beginning in 2014, the minimum federal efficiency standard for refrigerators will be reduced, lowering the annual energy bill for a 20-cubic-foot refrigerator to about 390 kWh. Energy Star models will use even less energy than that. These days it is fairly easy to find a full-size refrigerator that requires only 350-500 kWh per year, which is significantly less than the 1000 kWh/year refrigerators of 30+ years ago. Therefore, it is important to understand the different models and to choose an energy efficient refrigerator that best suits your needs.
First, consumers need to choose a small, simple refrigerator that does not include all the extra bells and whistles that waste energy. Think about how much space you need in a refrigerator, as going with a compact or half-sized model could be the best option for you. There are many different models, specifically by Igloo, Haier and Black & Decker that include how much kWh per year in energy they use along with the dollar amount you will spend on that refrigerator in energy per year (see below, example of Black & Decker BCE46B Energy Guide).

With all that being said, it may be better to choose a newer model refrigerator. Newer models will be more energy-efficient and will save you money over the course of the year.
The next fine point to pay attention to is the Energy Star qualification. If you choose an energy star qualified refrigerator, that will save you roughly $30-$40 over the course of one year on your energy bill alone. Many newer models have the Energy Star qualification, and can be seen on the description or model plate of the unit.
Lastly, explore your options. Evaluate the comparison between energy usage and the size of the unit that you want. Try and find something that will meet both your needs before settling with one or the other. In most cases, you will be able to balance the cost of energy usage per year with the model that you want.
CoreCentric Solutions has a variety of compact and full-sized refrigerator options that can fit your needs. Our unique grading system allows you to not only save money by purchasing a 100% functional, refurbished model, but each model includes a label that explains how energy-efficient the unit is. For more information on purchasing or seeing our inventory, please visit
Maximize the Value of your Fitness Equipment
Your workout equipment should be a top priority just as you would prioritize your health and fitness. Once you make that investment into an expensive piece of workout equipment like a treadmill, you want to maintain that value over the life of the product. If problems arise, you do not want to have to deal with the expensive replacement of the entire machine. Therefore, replacing the part is the better option when fixing your workout equipment, thus saving you a ton of time and money.

Factors when Choosing Workout Equipment
The life span of your workout equipment is completely predicated on how well you take care of it. When talking in terms of treadmills, you will be paying roughly $1800-$2000 for a nice unit. This will more than likely last you anywhere from 7-10 years, but that all depends on how well you take care of the equipment.
Your workout equipment is vulnerable to external factors, such as electrical wiring and connectors. They can short out for a variety for reasons, including power surges in your electrical system. Water damage can enter your unit as well, causing an accelerated depreciation of parts that will need replacement sooner. Another problem that can occur could be the buildup of dirt and grime on vital components on your workout equipment. Stationary pieces may need to be cleaned and replaced because of the damage caused by the grime and rusting of different parts.
You will also need to evaluate which brand of workout equipment you purchase. Different brands have a variation of life cycles, and you must choose your equipment wisely. Not always will the cheapest product be the best choice. Replacing parts, upkeep, and other factors such as depreciation will go into your decision of choosing the correct product. Do your research when investing in an expensive piece of workout equipment.

Replacing Worn Out and Depreciated Parts
In some circumstances, your machine begins to show signs of malfunctioning, damaging, and accelerating depreciation. Now you have the decision of either replacing the broken part with new or remanufactured parts or spending another $1800-$2000 to invest in a whole new piece of equipment. You can look to CoreCentric Solutions, Inc. to buy parts that are very cost effective. It is not necessary to spend your money for a brand new unit when there are still plenty of years left on your current piece of equipment. Through a quality supplier, you can access a wide selection of parts that will make your treadmill running smoothly once again.

Replacement parts include consoles, control boards, power lifts, and other small parts that operate your treadmill effectively. If you have any questions with what part you need to have replaced, you can look in your owner’s manual to find the part number. There are also great tips to save you money on your long-term investment.  If you have any other questions about your unit, you can contact your supplier for more details on your machine or installation details. 
How to Prevent a House Fire 
An overwhelming number of fires occur in the home. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive a fire. (1) In 2009, 85% of all fire deaths occurred in a house fire.  More than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 18,300 are injured. Don’t be one of these statistics and plan ahead to these tragedies.
Here are a few easy steps to prevent fires:

Smoke Detectors- To ensure complete safety every home should have at least two or more operational smoke detectors; preferably one on every floor of the home.  Your alarm should be checked to make sure it works once or twice a month.  To test the smoke detector you press the small red button on the device for about three seconds and if it beeps that shows that it works, if it does not that means the detector needs new batteries or is broken. In addition, your smoke detector should be mounted on your ceiling. 
Mounting Instructions:
Measure the distance between the mounting holes on the back of the mounting bracket.
Mark the same distance on your chosen location.
Drill small holes at the marks.
Attach the mounting bracket to the surface with the screws
Mount the rest of the detector into the bracket.

Prevention of Electrical Fires- Never use multiple cords in the same outlet, because the circuit could spark, which is a fire hazard.  Likewise, if you use many cords in the same outlet, it could allow the unit to overheat, which once again could start a fire.  Similarly, do not set cords and wires under rugs, clothes, furniture, etc. When you leave the household unplug lamps, cords, etc… not only is it a fire hazard, but it will lower electrical bill.

Use Appliances Wisely-When you operate an appliance make sure you understand how to operate it. If you do not understand how to operate it, use the instructor’s manual to ensure personal safety.  In addition, if you have small children use safety caps on the outlets when they are not being used. Lastly, make sure that you do not turn the heat up on high or leave appliances on when you are not home. Nonetheless, make sure flames on stoves are tame and not out of control. You always need to be present while appliances are in use….

Alternate Heaters-
·         Keep fire in the fireplace. Use fire screens and have your chimney cleaned annually.
·         Kerosene heaters should be used only when approved by authorities. Never use gasoline or camp-stove fuel.
·         When you use gas grills try to avoid using starter fluid

Have a Fire Extinguisher on hand-
·         Every home should have a fire extinguisher in a specific location to avoid fires
·         Fires happen abruptly and spread out of control fast, so never underestimate the smallest fire or fire risk.
·         Check and make sure the extinguisher works annually to protect yourself in case of emergencies.  Examples of convenient places to keep a fire extinguisher include your kitchen, family room, dining room, pantry, etc...

Plan Your Escape-
·         Practice an escape plan from every room in the house.
·         Notify everyone to stay low when escaping from the fire….
·         Never open doors that are hot.
If you have any problems call your local fire department, do not hesitate because your life could be in jeopardy. In final analysis, here are a few brief steps to verify the safety, and awareness of fire safety to homeowners.

***We encourage you to have your Fire Departments phone number saved in your phone in case of emergency***