Results: would you buy a secondhand smartphone?

Results: would you buy a secondhand smartphone?
Some people love to hunt for bargains, some like to get shiny, brand-new, warranty-protected gadgets that feel truly theirs. Each group has their reasons — obviously, a secondhand phone will be much cheaper than a brand-new one, so one can afford to get a flagship at midrange prices. It might be a bit scuffed, it may not come with its original packaging, but hey — the gadget is still the same, right?

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
15.78%
I am not strictly against it - if the right offer is there at the right time, I'll snag it
49.12%
I would buy a used smartphone only as a backup device
8.62%
Never would I ever buy a used smartphone
26.48%

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13 Comments

1. hurrycanger

Posts: 1770; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I'm using one, refurbished, excellent condition, and I'm 100% satisfied.

2. trojan_horse

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!

9. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I don't mind used phones, and have purchased many used devices. What bugs me are "User Refurbished" devices with crap screens and poor workmanship. Those have caused me problems.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1527; 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.

4. 14545

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.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1527; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Unfortunately no. Once Knox is tripped, there is no way to reverse it. I'm probably just going to end up giving it to an older relative who doesn't care about all the fancy stuff.

13. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

damn good deal mate :) fuk samsung pay. i root every phone anyway. but there must but mod to remove anytrace of root no?

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

My S3 and Note 3 were bough off eBay. Both were excellent but did the research to make sure I got devices. Both look new. Still have Note for a back up.

6. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

26.48% of the voters are what is wrong with society.

10. joey_sfb

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.

8. Kelley71

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.

11. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; 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.

12. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

I'm a bit skeptical on how a second handed phone performs compared to a new one because I'll never get to test a new one.

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