If you’re thinking of purchasing a phone, you have two main options: buying a brand new one or going for a used or refurbished device. While many people opt for a new phone, a growing number of consumers are choosing to buy used or refurbished iPhones and electronics. This thriving marketplace, dubbed “reCommerce,” has an estimated value of about $50 billion, according to American Express.
New phones come with the peace of mind of knowing that the device is in factory-fresh condition. However, buying a refurbished phone from a reputable seller also guarantees a device in good condition with significantly lower costs. With the high prices of many new smartphones, here are some reasons why a used or refurbished phone may be a better investment for you.
Price and Affordability
Refurbished iPhones typically cost less than their brand new counterparts of the same make and model. At a time when brand new smartphones often cost more than $500 or even close to $1,000, refurbished smartphones can save you up to 50 percent or more off original pricing.
Good for the Environment
When you buy a used or refurbished phone, you’re engaging in a form of recycling. Old phones are otherwise disposed of, contributing to pollution. New phones require manufacturers to deplete more of the earth’s raw materials, so by buying a refurbished phone, you’re investing in sustainability and a better environment.
Think of the millions of people buying used and refurbished phones—you’ll be part of a significant positive impact on the planet.
Instead of buying an expensive, brand-new smartphone that you might end up disliking soon afterward, you could purchase a used or refurbished device with a similar brand or operating system to the new phone that interests you. This way, you’ll get to test-drive that type of phone before making a significant investment in the new device of your choice.
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