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tangle-eye
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2020-03-06 23:42:23  

I find myself wanting an Air Arms TX200 in right hand and walnut stock but am a little short at the moment due to some other airgun purchases.  I found a refurbished one at Pyramyd but I'm a little nervous about it since I've never bought a refurb before.  They do have a 60 day money-back guarantee so that's good - but its a hassle.  So - if you've purchased a refurb from a trustworthy dealer - what was the experience like?

Thanks in advance!


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DevilsLuck
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2020-03-07 00:21:42  

My first "high end" springer purchase was a refurbished TX200, .22 cal, in a walnut stock. It came from Pyramyd, and it arrived seemingly in brand new condition. I've had it for a few years now, and haven't had a single problem.


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tangle-eye
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2020-03-07 02:28:26  

Thanks DevilsLuck. Just the kind of info I was looking for.


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DevilsLuck
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2020-03-07 10:02:32  

Glad to help. As a small aside; searching hard as I could; I couldn't find anything wrong with this rifle, and wondered why anyone would return such an accurate gun. I was rather new to serious airgunning at the time. When I pondered this question on an open board; I was informed that some unscrupulous buyers would sometimes buy two of the walnut stocked guns; intending to keep only the one with the better figure. That's possibly what happened in my rifles case, though theres no way to tell for sure. But my stock does seem kind of plain for what some hope for,  when they pony up the extra cash for walnut. None the less I'm completely satisfied with my purchase. We can't all win the stock lottery...


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Bob in WV
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2020-03-07 13:11:00  

I have bought several refurbs over the years and have had pretty good luck.  One Diana 34 had some marks on the stock but it was a good shooter.  Some refurbs have never been sold but they do quality control checks and pick a gun to dismantle from the line.  They will then be sold as refurbs.  At least that is what I was told by one of the workers at RWS in New Jersey years ago.  If the price is right I would go for it.

Bob in WV


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boscoebrea
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2020-03-10 10:32:28  

 I have bought many refurbished items ,including air guns over the years and never been disappointed,I was told that many times they are better than new because they have been "gone through again";that said many times they do look used.....so if you do not not mind "used" you can save money.

   One other thing,sometimes the price is close to the new price.....make sure it is worth the difference to you.

 


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tangle-eye
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2020-03-10 11:43:33  
Posted by: @boscoebrea

 I have bought many refurbished items ,including air guns over the years and never been disappointed,I was told that many times they are better than new because they have been "gone through again";that said many times they do look used.....so if you do not not mind "used" you can save money.

   One other thing,sometimes the price is close to the new price.....make sure it is worth the difference to you.

 

Right - in this specific case the price was just too close to a new one so I went ahead and got the new one instead. 


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Roadworthy
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2020-03-10 12:24:47  

In many cases refurb is a misnomer.  A true refurb will go back to the factory and be brought up to factory specs.  Many so called refurbs are guns which a user has returned for one reason or another.  It may have been returned due to buyer remorse or for cosmetic reasons.  It may have internal problems of which even the dealer is unaware.  This is pretty much true of a new gun as well.  It is a seller refurb simply because it is no longer new, not that it has necessarily been refurbished in any way.


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tangle-eye
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2020-03-10 13:25:21  

I wondered about the factory on a refurb. Air Arms website specifically says the warranty is for the original purchaser only. I know Pyramyd offers a 60 day money back guarantee but if an issue comes up in a year....

That's another reason I decided to just go with a new one.


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Johnny366
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2020-03-11 12:15:46  

I have bought only one refurb and was surprised to find I can't tell it from a new gun. Bought a .22 RWS 34 from Pyramyd (for a good price) and there wasn't even a dimple in the stock. Very accurate and powerful, and I haven't done one thing to it, other than shoot it. I say go for it. 


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bf1956
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2020-03-14 11:37:11  

Horrible for me, won;t buy from these 2 crooks ever again.


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Roadworthy
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2020-03-30 22:27:55  

One other thing to consider shopping Air Arms - I believe they have no warranty on the stock.  If you break it it's your problem.  Beech, although not as pretty, is more dense than walnut.


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