• How To Buy a Used Smartphone Without Getting Screwed

    May 20, 2013 | Blog | admin
  • The point of buying a used smartphone is to get a good price, so you need to put in a little research first. To get the best deal, you need to see how many people are selling that smartphone right now and at what price. To do that, search for the handset on eBay, Craigslist and Kijiji. You will come across enough listings, but there are a few things to note: Make sure it's unlocked. Craigslist and eBay have plenty of people selling locked smartphones, which cost a little less than what you would look for. On eBay, check only the Buy It Now prices, not the current bids. Bids can tell you how much people might be willing to pay, but I have found it a better way to go by what sellers look for. Don't note the median price, note the prices of what you are looking for. Used smartphones come in various levels of condition, so you need to actually click those links and read the description to know whether the condition meets what you are looking for. Once you find such items, note their prices as that's what your reference is, not items which are in better or worse condition. Check the price of what a new phone costs with similar specifications. If you're buying a one-year-old smartphone for a price where you can get a similar new phone, the deal isn't worth it because you lose out on warranty. Make sure all the accessories are intact. If they aren't, find out what it would cost you to buy each accessory and use that as a bargaining chip to reduce the price. It pays to think like a smartphone seller when you are looking to buy. Our article on selling a smartphone has a rundown of how to consider things like product cycles, location, age and condition to figure out the price of a device. The same things hold true for the buyer