Things to Consider

When Buying or Selling

a Used Smartphone

Why You Need a Buying and Selling Guide for Used Smartphones

Smartphones are expensive. And since we’re being honest, they don’t usually last long, either. At most, you’ll get one to two years out of a new model before it’s time to upgrade, and possibly even less if something goes wrong or the phone breaks.
Subsidized contracts are a thing of the past, which means you need to pay full price every time you want a new phone. What you may not know, though — or maybe you do — is that you can buy phones cheaper if you don’t buy directly from a wireless carrier.

How, you ask?

Buying secondhand smartphones is the way to go if you don’t want to pay full price. At first, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to purchase used electronics or refurbished goods, but it’s possible to find them like-new and barely used.


Purchasing used smartphones is something most people don’t consider when it’s time to upgrade, which is a shame. Purchasing secondhand smartphones is not as bad as you, or anyone else, may think — provided you’re smart about it.

The process can be daunting, especially if you’re not used to purchasing secondhand goods or bartering for items. That’s why we put together a used smartphone buying guide to help you better understand the market and find exactly what you’re looking for.

It’s possible to venture out on your own to find a phone with little to no damage that’s been taken care of by its previous owners. But you need to know what to look for and how to check out the history of the phone, including if a used phone could have been stolen.

Are you interested in buying refurbished smartphones at a reasonable cost? Are you excited by the possibility of buying used smartphones that are like-new, for a fraction of their original price?

What to Know About Buying and Selling Used

Before you jump into the deep end, there are some things you should be aware of. We put together a short list of things to address while you’re looking and after you find a device you like. This list applies to buyers and sellers:

  • Check the condition of the smartphone and get a clear description of anything that’s wrong or damaged.
  • Make sure you view photos or images of the device you are buying — not placeholders.
  • If you meet in person, check that the device turns on and is in working order. If you are buying online, note the grace period you have to return the item, if any.
  • Never share your personal address or current location. If you arrange a meet-up, do so in a public location away from your home.
  • When shipping, use a service like UPS or FedEx so you can get a tracking number — and give this to the buyer, too.

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