More people are buying used/refurbished phones than ever before
2017 saw a lot of excellent phones get released, but it also signified a pretty steep shift in the cost of the devices we know and love. Apple's iPhone X debuted with its infamous starting price of $999, the Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2 XL can both set you back $950, and the newly announced Galaxy S9+ will put a dent of $840 in your pocket.
While there's no doubt these are all excellent gadgets, no one blames you for cradling and soothing your wallet after seeing those prices.
So, what do we do when it comes time to upgrade our phone and the market's most popular phones are selling for nearly $1000. According to the Wall Street Journal, a lot of folks are turning to refurbished and pre-owned options.
Per B-Stock Solutions Inc.'s (a marketplace for overstock and trade-in phones) Director of Mobile, Sean Cleland —
Counterpoint Technology Mark Research reports that 1 out of 10 devices sold around the globe are now refurbished, and considering that refurbished phones can easily cost multiple hundred dollars less than their new counterparts, that's not shocking at all in a world of iPhone Xs and Galaxy Note 8s.
Smartphone sales hit one of its lowest points in years at the tail-end of 2017, and along with buying second-hand devices, WSJ also attributes a lot of this to leasing programs that carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint offer.
My current phone is the Pixel 2 that I bought brand-new in October for $649. It's been a great device, but it's the most I've personally ever spent on a phone. Prior to it, most of my handsets have been purchased during sales or pre-owned from sites like Swappa.
What about you? Do you often buy phones brand-new, do you lease them through your carrier, or do you go the pre-owned route? Sound off in those comments down below!
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So now I just look for deals on 2nd or 3rd generation stuff that is new.
I have bought second hand, because it was the only way to get a Note 4 when my Note 7 order was cancelled. It failed about three months in following an operating system update which bricked many Note 4s. Private purchase, no come back.
I've bought used phones for my sister and wife, and none of those have ever failed.
I wouldn't buy a phone older than about 6 months unless it had a replaceable battery. Fast charging on modern phones makes them wear out too quickly.
How I am going to keep finding flat screened flagship phones with 16:9 displays and no stupid notch, I am beginning to wonder. This one might have to last a long time.