Would you buy a secondhand smartphone?
posted by Paul K. / Nov 30, 2016, 9:26 AM
Others, however, are very particular about their belongings being freshly new. Some just want to have the warranty and peace of mind that the gizmo hasn't been tampered with in the past. Others want that unboxing experience and pristine, scratch-free panel, at least for the first few days ("It may be scratched, but those are my scratches on it!"). There are also people out there who don't feel comfortable handling a device that has someone else's finger grease on it and that has spent a lot of time being pressed against someone else's ear.
So, whatever your reasoning may be, we are curious to know — do you, or would you, buy secondhand smartphones?
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
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I haven't yet, but I'm not against it. I would prefer it to be as close to new/mint condition as possible. I likely would not consider using a device that someone had used for a year or so.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 9:27 AM 3
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The real problem is with used iPhones. People think they can just go and crack their screen and still sell their iPhone 5 for $200 on eBay. It's ridiculous.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 11:38 AM 1
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Major issue I still see with iPhone sales between private parties is the iCloud lock. People forgetting to sign out before resetting the device or, well, they "found it". I don't see as many of these as I used to, but it's still a problem. Now that Android devices have the Google security on by default, I'm starting to see the same crap from Android devices.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 5:25 PM 0
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Probably not; I've seen how too many people treat their phones. I'm sure you could come up with an edge case where someone who treated their phone carefully was selling it but, generally speaking, I wouldn't consider it.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 9:34 AM 0
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Swappa is your friend :D. I get all of my Android phones there.....even got my HTC 10 for $400 in mint condition. Also, there you can get a mint LG G5 for $325 (might even come with a spare battery). Got my Surface Pro 3 there too for $500 (i5 configuration) with a keyboard. Great site, and yes, I'm aware I sound like an ad....
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 9:35 AM 4
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New s7 or pixel was 240 from Verizon Black Friday
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 10:04 AM 0
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Well, not exactly. You're paying for the phone through the service, with a little bump of $10/month. I prefer having a phone paid off to avoid any contracts. That being said, I LOVE my Pixel XL (purchased new), and my S7 edge (purchased used).
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 10:59 AM 1
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I am not strictly against it - if the right offer is there at the right time, I'll snag it.... If I were buying "locally" off like Craigslist, I would also meet at the carrier store to verify that the device can be sold.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 9:50 AM 0
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I bought a near mint condition Xperia Z2 for 160 USD equivalent, that thing runs great, shame it'll be forever stuck on Marshmallow (officially, I do NOT want to flash a custom ROM on it, because apparently if you do the camera and audio quality goes to pot because of DRM or something like that.) but I'm glad I bought it and some good accessories instead of a new P9 Lite, the latter apparently didn't have a Gyroscope, Sheesh!
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 9:56 AM 0
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Don't see why not? All material things if given the right price and condition is fair game to me. Got me a sweet refurbished TV and second owned bmw that's served me quite well. Nothing to be ashamed about. Who's to know or even care really.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 9:59 AM 1
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For some reason, I have no issue owning a used phone or a used car, but when it comes to my television sets I want them brand new. I don't know why whenever I see the word "refurbished" on a television set I immediately think "has had problems". And it's really only televisions that I have an issue buying used. That and appliances - depending on which appliance.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 11:40 AM 0
If you can get a good one then second hand is great. Problem is too many people sellinghones think it is okay to misrepresent phones - screen burn what screen burn? scratch what scratch? You'd think they would actually wipe the phone clean too before sending it to you. I'm starting to like buying new phones off ebay. You get a discount without the problem of used phones. Got a new sprint lg g5 for $300 when the used ones were going for $260. Worth the extra $40 to me for new.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 10:15 AM 0
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Don't mind used at all. Problem is getting a decent price on a used phone. To me used means 50% off the CURRENT best price I can find. I won't pay the price most people will for used. Like the above poster said he found a new LG G5 for $300.00. At the moment that's a good deal. So I would not be willing to pay more than $150.00 for used no matter what condition it is in. Used is used. And yes I use this same criteria when I sell something used as well.
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 10:43 AM 0
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Last 15 years I have had around 16 new mobiles & only around 4 have been new ALL the rest have been second hand with 90% being off ebay UK mainly because I have a work contract that pays all my bills, I have had no problem with any of them & got then much cheaper than new. If I was on contract then maybe I would go with the New Free!!!! phone
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 10:49 AM 0
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I'll buy used in the following cases: - Still in great condition and great deal - If the official is stupidly overpriced but still my least compromise option. That's how I bought all my jailbroken iPhones until the privacy materialized on a flagship Android device...
posted on Nov 30, 2016, 11:05 AM 1
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