More and more people are considering buying a refurbished smartphone instead of a new device. This provides some significant advantages. Still, buying a second-hand device still scares some. In this article you can read some motives that show that 'refurbished' can also be the right choice for you.
What does refurbished mean?
Refurbished is the English translation for 'refurbished'. Revision means 'to check and possibly correct or repair'. (source: encyclo) The devices have therefore been used before, but are then fully checked. Dozens of functionality tests show whether or not a repair is required.
It is therefore not necessary that a refurbished smartphone was defective in the first place, which many still think. In addition, the devices are completely data wiped, so that no traces of the first user can be found internally.
Buying refurbished electronic devices has two major ecological advantages:
- The entire electronic waste produced when destroying used products is reduced.
- No new raw materials are used to produce your new device.
Environmentally conscious consumers are increasingly concerned that certain purchasing behaviors have a negative impact on the planet and are learning to appreciate refurbished products thanks to these benefits. Take the test yourself with our CO2-calculator how much CO2 you save by reusing your old appliance.
Another important advantage of buying refurbished products is that you save some money. The price difference between new and used devices can be significant. The fact that most of these products are cheaper does not mean that their quality is lower or that they do not meet the standards. The lower cost is an incentive because it is a resale.
In addition, the device has already had a first user, which also means that the price can be cheaper.
Refurbished devices are also covered by a warranty obligation. The legal warranty period of a refurbished device is one year. This gives you enough time to detect any defects.
A -, B - of C - Grade
What you see is what you get. If there are traces of use on the device, they are indicated with a grade:
A A-grade device is as good as new. The device is almost in perfect condition.
A B-grade refurbished device, in good condition. This means that the device looks very neat and almost like new, but does have light signs of use.
A C-grade The device is technically and functionally in order, there are clear cosmetic signs of use.
The lower the grade, the lower the price, but that goes without saying.