What is a MAR?

We worked hard to attain the title of a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) — a designation that comes with many benefits for you, our customer! When you purchase a computer from a MAR, like VIG, you know that you’re getting an authentic version of Microsoft Windows. To be a part of the MAR program, we are obligated to provide you with a high-quality refurbished computer that’s pre-installed with a genuine Microsoft Windows Operating system. If you purchased Office 365 with your computer it will also be authentic Microsoft software.

Windows 11 Availability

VIG can provide Windows 11. The systems need to meet the following list of all minimum system requirements: Processor : 8th Generation 64 bit with 1 gigahertz or faster with 2 or more cores. Memory : 4 gigabytes. Storage : 64 gigabytes or larger storage device. System firmware : UEFI, Secure Boot capable. TPM : Trusted Platform Module 2.0. Graphics card : Compatible with DirectX12 or later. Display resolution : High-definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally.

Why buy refurbished?

Save Money

Most people use their computer for very basic functions like:
  • Checking email
  • Browsing social media
  • Online shopping
  • Chatting with friends and family
If you fall into this crowd, buying a brand new computer with all the latest technology would be like buying a Ferrari to drive kids to hockey practice. It just doesn’t make sense! Buying a refurbished computer from a MAR will allow you to do all the online tasks that you love for much less money.

Good for the environment

Did you know that the global community produces 40 million tons of electronic waste every year ? That’s like throwing out 800 laptops every second.

Best standards and practices

If you buy a used computer from websites like eBay, Kijiji, or Facebook Marketplace, it’s likely that you’re buying an ‘as is’ product. This means that any important repairs or updates that the device needed prior to being passed on probably weren’t done. It could also mean that the computer you’re purchasing has malware or other harmful software installed on it. A computer from a MAR is thoroughly checked, reconditioned, and cleaned (both the outside of dirt and the storage of any previous files, software, etc). As well, most products at VIG come with a one year warranty on parts and labour for hardware. If you have any questions about our status as a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, don’t hesitate to reach out — we’re here to help.