Used laptops represent a great buying opportunity for the buyer who knows how to find a bargain. Refurbished Laptop computers are great buys because they undergo a testing and certification process by most merchants, that results in a good product at an attractive price. When looking for a bargain don't overlook a laptop that is advertised as a used laptop. Many laptop sellers describe their refurbished laptop computers as used laptops when in fact the product is refurbished and meets the standards for a refurbished product. Many refurbished laptop computers are actually "open box" or returns that are essentially new products. A product advertised as uses typically means that the product was powered on and operated for some period of time before being returned. When the product is returned it is tested, and meets the refurbished laptop criteria of the laptop merchant, and is described as a used laptop. Use caution, ask questions of the seller, and understand the criteria for returning the used laptop if it isn't satisfactory.