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You told us: You have some opinions about buying refurbished phones
You don’t necessarily have to take the brand-new route when buying a smartphone, as refurbished phones can be a cost-effective option as well. These second-hand phones are usually much cheaper than going new and it theoretically helps to reduce electronic waste.
What do Android Authority readers think of buying refurbished phones though? We asked readers whether they’d take this route and here’s how they answered the poll.
Would you buy a refurbished phone?
Over 2,700 votes were counted as of writing, and it turns out that there wasn’t a runaway favorite pick here. However, 34.82% of respondents said they had bought a refurbished phone before and would do it again.
Reader comments supporting this stance point to the great value on offer as well as new flagship pricing as being two motivating factors behind buying refurbished.
In second place was “I haven’t done it before but would do it,” accounting for 30.7% of the vote. This suggests that there’s still an untapped market for refurbished devices out there. We’re guessing that more attractive pricing, the extent of refurbishment, and after-sales support would help influence more people to take this route.
Meanwhile, 29.2% of polled readers say they haven’t and don’t ever plan to buy refurbished smartphones. Some reader comments in support of this choice point to trade-in offers for new devices as well as peace of mind as being two reasons for skipping the refurbished option.
Finally, just 5.29% of respondents say they’ve bought a refurbished phone but wouldn’t do it again. It’s a pretty small figure in comparison to the almost 35% of polled readers who took this route before and are happy to do it again.
- Brun0₂: Not unless it saves me like half the price. S22+ @ $500 levels of savings for me to consider it.
- mauricio chacon: If they replace the battery then yes. I bought an amazon certified refurbished pixel 1, the battery had a severe wear and you could see a gap in the screen and body. It only could give like 2h sot, then after 3 months, sudden death. Also pixel 5 from best buy open box “like new”, the screen was all scratched..
- creeper82: If it really was refurbished, then yes. But if it would consist of 1$ parts made in China and marked as “refurbished” then no thank you.
- Lamar Taylor: The cheapest way to upgrade isn’t buying refurbished…it’s buying brand new with trade in on launch day. Samsung gave an $850 credit for the GS22 Ultra on launch day after selling them my used GS21 Ultra. Samsung also included a free upgrade to the 256GB version. Most budget smartphones cost $500-$700 brand new but I got the top Android flagship for $500 new. I’ll take that all day over a used phone or budget phone.
- Tony Talks: I’ve done it twice and would probably do it again. The phones were incredibly cheap compared to the MSRP however they only lasted a little over a year.
- Brian Glaze: My S10e is a refurbished phone from Amazon Renewed and it’s so good.
- Mr DadeCounty 305: I never purchased refurbished because there’s always some kind of crazy deal with Verizon. Either a trade-in or buy one get one so you technically never really pay for full price for a phone anymore
- I’ve done it twice already, and plan to do so again. With the prices of flagships (and flagship-wannabes) as high as they are these days, there would have to be a very compelling reason for me to consider buying new again, as opposed to getting last year’s hotness at a substantially reduced price.