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Amazon expels unauthorized Apple Refurbishers



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After years of tense relationships, Apple and Amazon are getting better. Amazon brought Prime Video to Apple TV a year ago (see "Amazon Prime Video Comes to Apple TV," December 6, 201

7), and Amazon will soon officially sell Apple products again (except HomePod, competing with Amazon's Echo smart speakers). Everybody wins, right? Not companies that buy used Apple products, refurbish them and resell them on Amazon. Amazon expels unauthorized renovators as part of its new deal with Apple. This move, in line with Apple's desire to control all aspects of the user experience, contradicts the company's alleged commitment to the environment. "Reduce, reuse, recycle" is a hierarchy. It's better to reuse old devices than to recycle them. In a YouTube video, your computer repairer Louis Rossmann explains why limiting the sale of refurbished Apple hardware to authorized companies does not guarantee better products and why it is devastating to small businesses in the Apple sphere.

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