To tell you the truth, we’ve been obsessing over this question for months. It clearly deserves serious investigation. Especially since we’ve been so pleased with the results:
Yes, Harry’s Nimbus was obviously a refurbished broom.
Here are three arguments that prove it:
1.That old bat McGonagall isn’t the kind to pay full price for a gift.
A reminder for Twilight fans who’ve already forgotten Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Professor McGonagall is the one who gave the broom to Harry. And the lady doesn’t come off as all that generous. If you’re not convinced, just take a look at this photo:
So for Minerva, 70% off on a Nimbus 2000 is a pretty sweet deal.
2.The Nimbus 2000 was a bestseller.
All the Harry Potter wikis on the Web (and there are a lot of them) agree: the Nimbus 2000 was a big hit. So we can legitimately assume that, like all bestsellers, thousands of them were refurbished. Much like Apple’s iPhone, which controls over 80% of the refurbished market in France.
3.Those bastards at the Nimbus Racing Broom Company are big-time perpetrators of planned obsolescence.
To understand this, you need a little backstory:
– The Nimbus 2000 was marketed in 1991.
– In August of 1992, the Nimbus Racing Broom Company hurried to release the Nimbus 2001!
– 1993 saw yet another new model, the Firebolt, which was supposedly “even faster!”
This product release pattern is right in line with the strategies of Apple, Samsung and other Muggle tech giants.
To fight the frenzy, you can bet that a handful of ecologists got the idea to create the equivalent of Back Market to sell refurbished brooms. The punks.