Why Should I Buy a Refurbished Phone Instead of a Used Phone?

Are you looking for a new phone, but don’t want to pay that outrageous price just so you can have the latest and greatest version?

Buy a refurbished phone.

Why would I want to buy someone else’s problem?

Well, technically, you’re not and here’s why…

There are plenty of misconceptions about buying refurbished phones. Many people believe a refurbished phone is one that has been repaired using old or outdated parts that might be at the end of their lifecycle. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This is because, in most cases, a refurbished phone could be one of the more recent releases that has been barely used, but was traded in for a new one when the newly released version came out. This is very common. There are plenty of tech addicts out there who will run out and buy the latest model phone as soon as they come out.

The Difference Between a Refurbished Phone and Used Phone

The terms used and refurbished are often used interchangeably; however, they don’t mean the same thing. A used phone is just a phone that has been used, traded back in, and resold as-is without any reconditioning being done to it.

A refurbished phone will have gone through some type of reconditioning, usually by the manufacturer or a retailer’s qualified technician. A refurbished phone will have been checked for defects, cosmetic damage, and reset to the factory default status. For example, all of Apple’s refurbished phones sold online are refurbished using the same parts that go into their new model phones. They are refurbished and given a new battery, shell, cables, and accessories. However, with that being said, that’s how Apple does it. Not all refurbished phones will come with a new battery, etc.

Tips for Buying a Refurbished Phone

Buying a refurbished phone is a great way to save a significant amount of money, help protect the environment, and get a much higher quality phone for the price of a less expensive one, and more. However, before you run out a refurbished phone, there are a few things you should look for first.

➣ Warranty

If a retailer is selling you a refurbished phone, ask them if it comes with a warranty. If the answer is yes, ask how long of a warranty is being offered. Some companies offer short warranties that are around 90 days and others offer warranties that are for an entire year. A short warranty period, such as 90 days isn’t very long. Any refurbished product should be like new and should last significantly longer than 90 days. So if that company isn’t confident enough in their service to offer a longer warranty period, you might want to think twice before buying from that particular company. However, one year is long enough to determine if any given phone is going to be a problem.

Another reason to purchase a refurbished phone that has a warranty is that many credit card companies will extend that warranty coverage on refurbished phones. However, the stipulation for that warranty extension is that the phone must have originally come with a warranty.

It’s always best to avoid purchasing any phone that doesn’t come with any warranty at all.

➣ Returns Policy

In addition to buying a refurbished phone that comes with a warranty, you should also consider buying from a retailer that offers a reasonable returns policy. After a phone has been refurbished, it could take some time for a problem to surface. Therefore, look for a retailer who has a reasonable returns policy. For example, some retailers have a 30-day returns policy while others only give you two weeks. Obviously the longer the better, but a short returns policy is better than not having one at all. Additionally, if you experience a problem with your refurbished phone and the retailer won’t accept your return, your credit card company might be able to help.

➣ Red Flags

Always look for red flags when buying a refurbished phone. Is the company reputable? Have other customers seemed happy with buying their refurbished products? Do a little research to find out. Is the company willing to tell you exactly how they refurbish their products, if not, look elsewhere. Always avoid phones that don’t come with a warranty or return option, as well as refurbished phones that have been marked down several times.

The Benefits of Buying a Refurbished Phone Versus a Used Phone

The main benefit of buying a refurbished phone versus a used phone is obviously the cost savings, as long as you buy one from a retailer that sells it to you with a warranty and a reasonable return timeframe. So you really have nothing to lose.

By law, any new phone that has been returned within the original return timeframe can’t be resold as new, even if there was nothing wrong with it and was just returned due to buyer’s remorse. That means the buyer of a refurbished phone could be receiving a brand-new phone for a lot less money.

Another major benefit of buying a refurbished phone versus a used phone is the environmental benefits. What do you think happens to all those used phones after they have aged a bit? Unfortunately, many people throw them in the trash, so they end up in our landfills. This is becoming a serious problem that needs to be resolved. Think about how many phones people buy, sometimes as often as once a year, going into our landfills? It’s almost unimaginable! But you can help do your part by buying a refurbished phone.

What’s Next?

Are you interested in doing your part to help save our planet? Contact Us today. Stream Recycling takes old phones and other electronics and makes sure they are either sent to a reputable refurbishing company or disposed of properly. Let’s all work together to make our world a better place.

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