Mon, 30 Jan 2023

In recent years, refurbished smartphones have gained a lot of prominence. It is a good option, especially if we are going to buy a high-end terminal since the savings of acquiring a refurbished terminal can range between 30 and 70% compared to the new cost of the same device. Today we are going to tell you the most important aspects to take into account when you want to buy a refurbished mobile.

A refurbished or "refurbished" mobile is a used device, that is, second-hand, that has had to be reviewed by a professional technician to guarantee its correct operation and offer a new/semi-new experience and appearance. This means that a reconditioning can be a mobile that has had some degree of deterioration or none at all.

A reconditioning can be a mobile that has had a broken screen, one whose battery failed, or had a bump in a corner, which causes the loss of value of the mobile to be greater. In any case, sellers of reconditioned mobiles must ensure that they have been correctly checked by professional technicians and that the damaged parts have been replaced by new ones, which may or may not (generally not) be original.

Origin and Brands

Many of the refurbished mobiles that we buy come from China, where they have been properly checked for subsequent sale, you can see them in click here. China receives refurbished mobiles from all over the world, including from "neighboring" countries such as Japan, Korea, or Singapore.

The purchase of this type of mobile makes sense in the most expensive high-end on the market such as the iPhone or Samsung flagships, which are two of the most demanded brands in refurbished purchases.

Importers of refurbished mobiles can buy in bulk in China, mobiles with different levels of defects, from those that seem practically new to others that have some type of damage on the screen or that their battery has reduced capacity. A refurbished mobile, no matter how new it may seem, is still a second-hand product, so we will have to take several factors into account before opting for the purchase of a terminal of this type.

Where Do You Buy It?

This rule applies to any online purchase, but it is important that if we are going to buy a refurbished car, we do it on a trusted site. Many classic businesses have opened their section even brands like Apple have a section to sell their own refurbished.

In the case of Amazon, for example, the online bazaar is in charge of emphasizing in each product, the guarantee that opting for a refurbished mobile means: Renewed products have been inspected and tested by Amazon-qualified suppliers to work and look like new. Box and relevant included accessories (headphones not included) may be generic. The batteries have at least 80% capacity with a new one. All Amazon Renewed devices come with a minimum 1-year warranty backed by Amazon.

The Importance Of The Guarantee

Buying on one of these pages is synonymous with a guarantee in case of failure. The guarantee that we can find in the reconditioned ones varies from three, six, or one year, depending on the model, state, and the website where we buy it.

Many of these websites determine with numbers or letters the level of the reconditioning based on its physical appearance since the correct operation should be guaranteed in all of them. In this way, those that have some physical defect will be cheaper, or those that do not present any physical damage will be more expensive.

An example can be found in these three grades of refurbished:

  • Grade A: Like new, the terminal has no appreciable physical damage
  • Grade B: The terminal has minor cosmetic damage, such as light scratches or small marks
  • Grade C: Aesthetically there are signs of use, signs of wear, or some clearly visible damage.


It must be borne in mind that the prices of new terminals drop continuously and within a few months of going on sale. This means that before assuming that a refurbished mobile is going to be better priced than a new mobile, we must review the market first and we could be in for a surprise. For example, we see that Apple sells its refurbished 64 GB iPhone X for 789 euros.

When we take a look at the price of the terminal, with the same memory, we find it now on Amazon for 849 euros. It is a difference of 60 euros, and therefore, in this case, it would not be worth buying the refurbished Apple terminal.

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