How To.. Buy a Second-Hand Device

With technology increasing in price, Second Hand devices are becoming a more popular option. However, the risk is much higher when buying second hand than if you were to purchase brand new. We’ve put together a little guide on how to reduce this risk and be satisfied with your purchase.

  1. Try to buy a device that comes with the original box and packaging. Phones/tablets/laptops that come with the original box tend to be from genuine sellers who bought them new and now wish to get rid of them, rather than people who re-sell without any prior knowledge of the device history.
  2. Always ask if the device has been previously repaired or if it’s in the same condition as when it was first purchased. The device may have undergone many repairs with the components being replaced with the cheapest parts which will then affect the performance of the device, despite it looking brand new to the eye.
  3. Check the cameras and microphones work. The machine might look in perfect condition but test these features to ensure there are no hidden issues.
  4. Check the buttons, make sure they all work, including home buttons, volume buttons, on/off buttons and all the keys on a keyboard.
  5. Search for the average price of the device. Don’t allow yourself to pay over the odds because you haven’t researched the market. Spend half an hour looking on different sites to see what the range of prices your device goes for second hand and this will help you average a price you should be paying.