Results: would you buy a secondhand smartphone?
posted by Paul K. / Dec 01, 2016, 9:33 AM
Those who don't go for used smartphones have their own valid reasons to do so: as mentioned — warranty, device condition, packaging, that "new" feeling, and, of course, confidence in the gizmo's technical history. We thought we'd ask you: would you rather go for a used smartphone or a new one? Here's how the poll went!
Do you (would you) buy used smartphones?
Always - I see no reason to buy new with all the deals out there
I am not strictly against it - if the right offer is there at the right time, I'll snag it
I would buy a used smartphone only as a backup device
Never would I ever buy a used smartphone
Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013
I'm using one, refurbished, excellent condition, and I'm 100% satisfied.
posted on Dec 01, 2016, 9:46 AM 0
Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016
Yo, duh! I too, I'm not against it. If I find a good deal of a second hand phone, I'll get it. A refurbished flagship is better than new midrange phone!
posted on Dec 01, 2016, 9:54 AM 6
Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015
Considering I bought a Galaxy S7 Edge from someone off of the LetGo app and come to find out that Samsung Pay no longer worked because they had previously rooted it...from now on, I'll only buy secondhand from reputable sources. Seemed fishy that they only wanted $150 for it, but I thought I was just getting a really good deal. Now I have a knox-tripped Black S7 Edge and a new Blue Coral S7 Edge.
posted on Dec 01, 2016, 9:56 AM 0
Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011
Is there really no work around for that? It's not like samsung pay is the end-all. So I would say you still got a killer deal, if it's in good condition.
posted on Dec 01, 2016, 10:58 AM 1
Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013
26.48% of the voters are what is wrong with society.
posted on Dec 01, 2016, 11:14 AM 1
Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012
I used to buy pre-own phone back in the days where things are simpler. There no anti-theft lock out, most phone has removable battery, less cases of theft. I did buy many pre-owned phone like the Motorola Milestone 2, Nokia Symbian phones. These days its not worth taking on so much risk. There could be battery issue that cause random shut down, anti-theft lock out, stolen phone, rooted phone, malware phone..etc.
posted on Dec 02, 2016, 1:09 AM 0
Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012
I've done it before, when my Photon Q (or was it Epic 4G?) was worth less than the insurance deductible to replace/repair it. It's not my favorite option per se, but I have to admit I'm looking at tablets on Swappa.
posted on Dec 01, 2016, 1:18 PM 0
Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011
I always buy a clean IMEI one on Craigslist, then use it for awhile, then sell it back out to another new model (USED)...same thing over and over and over and over and over again. (Sometimes, they take my low offer and will end up with lunch profit after selling it back out.
posted on Dec 02, 2016, 1:23 AM 0
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