Want to save money on the latest laptop, smartphone or tablet? Consider looking for refurbished electronics instead of new ones. A refurbished electronic is one that has been opened from its original packaging and returned to the manufacturer. The manufacturer reviews it, makes necessary repairs and brings it to like-new appearance and functionality. The savings can be significant: Most refurbished electronics can save you around 20 percent off the full retail price. One tip: Be sure you purchase only "factory refurbished" items and not just "refurbished." The "factory" part means the manufacturer did the repairs and will often add a warranty to your purchase.