5 things you should keep in mind when buying a second-hand mobile phone

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The second-hand market has always been an interesting alternative for buy quality phones at a lower price than the original. At a time when smartphones are becoming more expensive, people are relying more on these types of affordable purchases.

Without going any further, 2020 million used and refurbished terminals were sold in 225, the 9,2% more than in 2019. According to experts, this growth will not stop there, as sales of second-hand mobile devices are expected to continue to increase beyond 2024.



We know that buying a good mobile at a cheaper price, even if it is already used, is a very attractive option. If you are considering it, we want to help you choose a good terminal and avoid possible scams. For this reason we explain what they are the 5 things to consider before buying a second-hand cellphone, fai attention.

Before buying a second-hand cell phone, keep these aspects in mind.

Buy in trusted stores

There are many stores that sell used or refurbished phones, but not all of them are reliable. Before launching into the purchase of a new terminal, whether it is in a physical store or online, you should analyze if it is a company with a good reputation.

Nothing better than doing it by consulting the opinion of customers who have already purchased in these stores and the ratings they got. This is a good method, for example, on Amazon, where you can see the opinions that other users have left in the shops that sell second-hand terminals.

In addition, there are stores with these features that have already gained a certain reputation, such as Ebay, Cash Converters or Wallapop. However, we repeat, always consult the opinions and references provided by people who have already tried in these stores.



Please keep in mind when making your purchase

The second-hand Galaxy S20 is even cheaper after the launch of the Galaxy S21.

It is important to know when you will purchase certain models, as this will significantly affect their price. In particular, the best time to buy a mobile is after his successor get on the market. By the way, launches are usually annual. For example, Google tends to introduce its new Pixels in the fall.

It is understood that lovers of a specific model will part with the previous version at a good price when will already be able to purchase the new alternative. For example, if you want to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 second hand, you can do it now, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has already been released.

It is also understandable that, having a better option on the market, the price of the previous version of the mobile will drop dramatically.

Compare its price in other stores

Another thing to take into consideration before buying a second hand cell phone is its price. Nobody likes to overpay, so it's best to compare the price of the terminal you have in mind with that of other second-hand shops.

It is true that the price may vary slightly depending on the seller, but it should always be more or less similar to know that they are not screwing you. By the way, keep in mind that you should look for the model with the same specifications, as problems like RAM or internal memory may be different.


Accessories accompanying the terminal

You should also consider the accessories that accompany the terminal: charger, headphones, USB cable ... As you are about to buy your next cellphone, it is best that it comes along with all accessories included from the factory, even its original box. Particularly important is the charger if we take into account that many Android phones already come with fast charging.



Additionally, this will be a detail that will also help you determine who it is a totally legal purchase and that the seller does not want to deceive you.

Analyze the conditions for returning the mobile phone

Finally, before buying a second-hand mobile, make sure that the conditions of purchase are completely legal. Also, pay attention to the details of a possible return and warranty, as you never know in what conditions you will receive the mobile phone. Best of all, you know how you can pay it back to get your money back and how much time you will have for it.


Once received at the terminal, ne carefully evaluate the state to confirm that everything is as it should. And voila, now you can enjoy the second-hand cell phone you just bought knowing that you got it in a reputable store and at a good price.

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