Originally posted by absorbation
I think Microsoft are just refurbishing old units and releasing them as new again
Probably not as new, but there's nothing wrong with replacing the broken components and release them as replacements for RMA or sell them under a different status.
I worked for a company where they sell a lot of HP desktops and notebooks. HP has the Renew Program
where they sell refurbished machines at a lower price. We would sell machines from the Renew Program at a low price to big national retailers. Those retailers sell the machines in their shops at a regular price without informing the customers it technically isn't a brand new machine. You get full warranty and service on the renew machines, but it's still a bit shady to not inform the buyer. Something like this might happen with other manufacturers like Microsoft too.