With the latest developments in the technology, cell phones are more and more expensive. A good solution to this is buying refurbished cell phones, to ease some of the costs, but still get the cell phone of your dreams.
Refurbished phones are certified to work as new devices. After they have been returned, they have been tested and restored, and in some cases repaired, like changing the battery or the screen.
What to consider
When it comes to buying refurbished cell phones, there are a few things to consider:price, risk and warranty.
While in some cases, buying a refurbished phone may actually be a good option, in others it may not. For example, in case the price does not differ much from the retail price, it would be a good choice to keep looking. A refurbished phone is a good deal only as long as it is at least 30% less expensive than the retail price. Also, search to find the new version of the phone at a discount similar to the price of the pre-owned cell phone, which would save you from turning to a refurbished phone.
No matter what, buying refurbished cell phones is a risk. You can be put in the situation of buying a cell phone as a refurbished one, only to find out that it hasn’t been refurbished at all. Another risk would be to find out that the cell phone is not compatible with your plan.
Finally, as a way to prevent such risks, the warranty is very important. A warranty of 30 to 90 days is enough to get to see if the phone is functioning well. In case you want to return it, you can either get your money back or make an exchange. Be careful though: in some cases, like damage caused by exposure to water or excessive heat, you will lose your warranty, so make sure to take good care of the phone in that period.
Another reason to buy a refurbished phone can be if you would like to stick to one model, which is no longer available in that design or if it was a limited edition and you can’t find it anywhere else.
If you are one to save the environment, buying refurbished cell phones would be a good way to reduce waste. A lot of companies now recycle their products, but as long as the devices are used as many times as possible, this would save a lot of energy.
Considering all of the elements mentioned above, the decision to buy a refurbished phone would be an educated one and you will learn do avoid scams and unproductive deals.