Would you buy a secondhand smartphone?

Would you buy a secondhand smartphone?
Smartphones are a bit expensive, there's no denying that. Especially if you are tempted into craving one of handsets that sport that special camera, powerful hardware, or just the right amount of hype around them. That's why a lot of people prefer to go for a secondhand smartphone — it might be a bit scuffed and you might not get the original box, but hey, at least you've got the gadget at a hefty discount!

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
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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45 Comments

1. j_grouchy

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

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.

8. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

There are so many options.

24. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

38. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

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.

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Pre Owned phone are not exactly helping Apple or Google bottomline. I have experience it with my Android handset that i want to pass to another. Wonder there a way to disable this feature.

2. SyntaxError

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

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.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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....

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

New s7 or pixel was 240 from Verizon Black Friday

20. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

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).

4. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

you could buy a much higher end device used and save some money compare to a new phone with lower specifications

5. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I haven't yet. Not sure I ever would. That's just me though.

6. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Nope! There's nothing wrong with second hand phones but there's no better feeling than opening up a new phone.

7. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

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9. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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.

10. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

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!

11. monoke

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

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.

25. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

27. civicsr2cool

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

referbrished almost always means it is a reworked store return

13. xperian

Posts: 417; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Most of my phones were second hand. Right now I'm using a second hand iPhone 6 64gb I got for 350eur, almost perfect condition.

14. tfpritchjrEMT

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

I'm looking for a cutting-edge phone with all the latest bells and whistles. New phone for me!

15. jimjam unregistered

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.

16. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I would if it was from someone that I new and was in good condition , why not if it's one that i'm interested in sure.....

17. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

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.

18. surethom

Posts: 1635; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

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

19. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I see no reason not to, provided that it's in good condition.

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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...

22. Court123

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Something like 1/6 smartphones have fecal matter on them. People are gross, I would not buy a used smartphone.

23. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Yes i did, bought a sprint note 3 for boost mobile

26. civicsr2cool

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I've always bought used, way back all the way to flip phones in early 2000's also with GSM i change phone like I change my clothes, why on earth would you keep buying new is beyond me.

28. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Let's just applaud the fact that PA actually has working mobile polls now.

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