Has anybody seen one of these "refurbished" badges from MacEffects in person?
What is included in the refurbishment process: An old damaged original badge is melted down (1:1), then stamped into a steel mold, then it is rolled/polished, then it is brushed (where applicable), then dye colorant is added, and lastly 3m adhesive is applied and cut. What you are left with is a badge that is equivalent to a brand new badge.
Seems like a rather extreme way to refurbish something. I wonder if there's anything beyond marketing behind the decision to use original badges.