What to do before buy a used phone?


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Smartphone manufacturers release new models every year. Because people always want to update, you can get a fantastic offer on a used smartphone, as long as you want to opt-out of the latest solutions. "The latest and the best" is not always everything you need. Check our article and find out what you need to know before buying a used phone.

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Used vs. refurbished

Obviously, you need to know exactly what you're buying, as different terms can describe various types of used phones. Although different sellers have different standards regarding what qualifies as a used, certified used or refurbished smartphone, there are some general guidelines for what to expect.

Used phone probably comes from a private seller. The site where they sell them can at most give some guarantees that the device meets the description and provided photos.

Refurbished devices are maintained to the highest standard in three categories because they undergo software or hardware repairs to restore them to new functionality. You will find renewed offers from retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart. If you're looking for a refurbished iPhone, you can also go directly to Apple.

Know what you want to buy

Start by setting the minimum specifications you are looking for your new Android or iOS new device which you want to live with. Also, think about what screen size will suit your needs and how much you can afford to spend. This should narrow down the selection of several used smartphones.

Find out what makes a phone good or bad and decide on the minimum quality that you will be satisfied with - you can quickly set a fair price. Also. make sure that the phones being compared are locked in the same network or unlocked, depending on what you are looking for.

Of course, buying a used phone can save some money from your wallet but also you need to be prepared to check deeply seller and phone that you want to buy.

Know where to buy from

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Determining where to buy a phone is difficult - each option has pros and cons, as you can imagine. 
There are many options available, but I will focus on these few:

  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Swappa
  • Craigslist
  • Facebook Marketplace

If possible, Meet in Person

Any photos you see, even if the other party is willing to make a video call, are not a guarantee of what you will eventually receive by post. There are enough scammers on eBay and Craigslist who know how to formulate their item descriptions to make it clear on paper. And when this happens, eBay and Craigslist will wash their hands without any refunds.

Some Tips

  • Inspecting a phone
  • Try negotiating a price
  • Consider battery life
  • Know the return policy
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