Interested in the best way to score a cheap gadget? You can purchase a refurbished gadget for up to 60 percent off the average retail price. Refurbished means the device may not have been used, but just wasn't the right color or size for the original buyer. The item was returned and because the box was opened, the gadget has to be tested and fixed, if necessary. The item is then classified as a "refurb" and sent away to be resold.

Interested in taking the plunge to buying pre-owned or refurbished gadgets? Try these tips for finding pre-owned items for a steal on eBay:

  • Use search terms such as refurbished, pre-owned or used.

  • If you're a little wary of taking the plunge into buying used, start small to test the market. You can start by buying a memory card or a thumb drive.

  • When buying a pre-owned gadget, look for complete sets. The goal when buying pre-owned is to purchase an item with all the necessary plugs, cords, instructions and controls.

  • Contact the seller directly with any questions and to get all details on the product. For example, has all personal information been cleared off the hard drive of a pre-owned gadget? Read the full description!

  • Be knowledgeable about the pre-owned item you’re about to purchase. Read reviews online, compare pricing, and gather product and warranty details. Any questions? You can always contact the seller to fill in the blanks.

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Pure Digital Flip Mino ($150)

I truly carry this video camera with me every time I leave the house. For only $30 more than the original Flip Video, you get a slimmer body, rechargeable battery and an overall cool little cam. Plus, it’s got an easy-to-use USB connection built into it that flips out with the touch of a button. It runs on batteries and holds one hour of video. Every man, woman and child should own one!

Creative Vado ($99)

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