Would you rather buy second hand, refurbished, or always go for new phones?

Would you rather buy second hand, refurbished, or always go for new phones?
Top-tier smartphones are not cheap! That's a fact, especially since the industry broke past the $650 threshold in recent times and now has smartphones selling for $900 and even $1000. But, nowadays, we do have an amazing collection of websites and dealerships that help us grab a deal. Either a second-hand phone from a classified ad or a refurbished one for a certified reseller — there's always a place to go to bargain-hunt.

But, of course, there are always downsides. Waiting for an item to pop up on the second-hand market for a reasonable price takes a decent amount of time, even more on the refurbished storefront. There's limited warranty, if any, and you have to live with scrapes and scratches that somebody else left on your newly-acquired phone.

But, you know — a bargain is always a bargain. So, would you rather buy new, refurbished, or second hand (from a private seller)?

Do you prefer to go brand new or second hand?

Brand new
55.27%
Certified refurbished
14.92%
Second-hand (private auction / classified ads)
12.58%
Brand new, but last year's model!
17.22%

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29 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Brand new and last year's flagship. Best value ever!

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Though many second-hand phones are appealing due to their lower prices, they could have issues we might not know about. Plus, their batteries are likely weaker too.

28. Junito

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Spot on, I bought a refurbished LG G6, battery issues, trash. If you like Apple, is ok to buy refurbished directly from them. However, all others I would advise caution. As stated by many, buy last year's model or manufacturer discounts, such as during the holidays.

3. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

My option isn't up there, buy brand new but wait a year for the price to drop

5. paul.k

Posts: 290; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

There you go!

24. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Wow thank u

12. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 643; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That option is up there. If you're waiting a year, then the newest model is likely out, hence option #4 on the poll.

25. miketer

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Well,'buy brand new but last year's model' somewhat caters to your buying taste. Me too by the way, bought a 2016 pixel in 2017. An absolute perfect buy.

27. Rio121

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

3rd option is the same if u wait for one year means you are buying brand new but old model

4. rkoforever90

Posts: 417; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Always brand new once I bought a refurbished moto x2 and it's DOT was like 20 mins

6. Jrod99

Posts: 708; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Watch my friends get refurbish phones and always had issues. Funny how my browser keeps reloading because of a error encountered. The funnier thing is it’s only your web site PA. What’s up with that?

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Used to happen on my Android - does not happen on my iPhone or PC.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Happened on my iPhones and Galaxys, until I installed an ad blocker.

7. deleon629

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Buying refurbished is like buying a used car: You never know what problems are under the hood until it all of a sudden stops working...And one day you realize you’ve paid as much in repairs as you WOULD HAVE PAID FOR THE RETAIL STICKER PRICE... Honorable mention: Yeah, you still have to pay the same price for screen repair on a flagship device even if it is refurbished.

16. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This can be true if you don't buy from the manufacturers themselves. Buying that from a random seller means possible issues. Also every used car is far from the same. You have to know what to check and what to look for. Me and my family only buy used cars as new cars lose a chunk of value instantly! To sink so much into something that goes down so fast is not for me.

8. deleon629

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Buying refurbished is like buying a used car: You never know what problems are under the hood until it all of a sudden stops working...And one day you realize you’ve paid as much in repairs as you WOULD HAVE PAID FOR THE RETAIL STICKER PRICE... Honorable mention: Yeah, you still have to pay the same price for screen repair on a flagship device even if it is refurbished.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Both.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

For me, always brand new.

20. NateDiaz

Posts: 1084; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Husband's money you know.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Refurbished phones have a lot of issues. Better buy new phones to avoid such issues.

13. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

Brand New last year's Best smartphone. And I hold on to it for at least 3 years.

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1466; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I like new, but I preffer new, but older model. Not only is the price much more interesting, but you know how manufacturer treated a device - software updates, design flaws etc. New, older model is always a safe bet. I would not buy refurbished, I saw too many bad ones made by Apple. I am not sure if let's say Samsung ones sucks as well, but I would rather not take any chances.

18. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I have had decent luck with most of what I have done in the past, whether it was buying new, eBay or craigslist, or whatever; however, I do prefer to buy new, and when buying new, I do have a strategy that I wait until a model has been out for roughly a year already, so that the price can go down when the newer models become available. I also have done away with buying high-end or flagship phones, so I only buy stuff that is low-end or entry-level. The combination of these strategies means that I save a lot of money, especially since I can usually stretch out the use of my phones over the course of two years. The last two phones I bought, I bought new, and they were already out a year at the time that I bought them, and I spaced them out roughly at two-year intervals. Spent $29.99 on the first, $39.99 on the second, plus a few accessories like screen protectors and leather belt cases. At $30 a month on Cricket, my yearly expenses on smartphones and smartphone use easily fit within a $400/year budget. Now, I know that a lot of people will argue that I buy crappy phones, like the Motorola Moto E and the LG Fortune, but both of these phones have, for the most part, functioned just fine for my needs. Other than running out of internal storage space on the Moto E late in its use, and a few other minor annoyances that came with age, I haven't had any problems. I have been able to get that which is sufficient for my needs.

19. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It sounds like you have a great system that others can learn from.

21. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It depends really on the age of the phone and price at launch. I do normally buy new but I don't mind buying expensive phones used if I can see myself keeping it without regrets. Otherwise, I value being able to return a phone that doesn't work for me in some kind of way.

22. blac.inc

Posts: 59; Member since: May 16, 2018

I've never had an issue with refurbished phones, so I always prefer the refurbished option.

26. yalokiy

Posts: 923; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Used, non-refurbished are the best bet. Means nobody was tearing it apart. Don't trust the refurbished for this reason.

29. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I get second hand alot, i get iphone x for 400.

31. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, nice deal! I'm so jealous that you got that for that price.

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