Refurbished is the term used to describe an old phone that has been repaired or cleaned up to make it look new. These days, the market for phones is flooded with refurbished handsets and a lot of consumers prefer these phones because generally a refurbished unit is about 40 percent cheaper than the new one. While, consumers do save some money, buying refurbished smartphones has certain disadvantages that many consumers avoid or do not pay attention to. So here are 5 reasons why consumers shouldn’t opt for refurbished devices.
- To avoid future problems
What many consumers don’t know these days is that there are different grades of refurbished phones. A high grade means that the device is repaired by the manufacturer and generally will be safe for long term use. On the other hand a lower grade means that the device has been repaired or cleaned up by a normal repairer, who is not certified by the manufacturer. Most of the market is flooded with lower grade refurbished phones thus there is a high risk that the phone might cause problems in future as a lot of times repairers don’t use genuine parts when repairing the phone. In my personal experience the charging port of my refurbished nexus 4 became dysfunctional after a few months of repairing. Upon getting the phone repaired, it came to my knowledge that the phone was refurbished and the charging port burned because the parts of the phone weren’t genuine. Thus, in order to avoid future problems it is advisable for the users to avoid purchasing refurbished phones.
- No warranty
These days most users don’t care about warranties however, having a proper warranty does mean that in case users have problems in the future they can get the phone repaired or replaced for free. With refurbished phones users are guaranteed nothing beyond seven days of use. Furthermore most phone retailers don’t take guarantee of the screen and the camera module even with in the seven day checking period. While a warranty might not be important for many users it does help especially if you are accident prone in which case it is advisable for you to stay away from refurbished phones.
- Low Resale value
Opting for refurbished phone does help you to save a lot of money however; it also means that when you go to sell the phone you are not likely to get a high resale value. Since refurbished phones don’t use genuine parts retailers tend to pay less money in case you want to sell the phone. Some retailers also might refuse to buy the phone altogether hence, if you are someone who generally buys new phones in exchange with old ones a refurbished phone is not your cup of tea.
- A New phone is a new phone
A lot of money can be saved by buying refurbished smartphones but as a long time smartphone enthusiast I can attest to the fact that nothing beats the experience of unboxing a brand new phone. Taking out a brand new phone and being the first person to use it is a satisfying experience that a refurbished phone cannot simply match. This might not matter to most users however, in my personal experience I have found that buying and using a new phone is a more satisfying experience than using a refurbished phone.
- Lack of accessories
Generally these days buying refurbished phones means that all you get is a phone and a charger. Additional items such as headphones, box and pouches are not included with the phone. While, it is possible to buy these items separately, there is again no guarantee that you will be able to find original headphones and chargers that are actually included in the box.
In conclusion, it can be said that buying a refurbished phone is more risky than buying a normal phone, hence in order to avoid all these problems it is advisable that users should spend the extra money and buy a new phone instead.
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By Abdul Basit