Like a car, the value of electronics begins to depreciate as soon as someone uses the product. This is good news for those who wish to purchase a pre-owned product at a lower cost, especially since many electronics become out of date within a couple years of being released. Here are three electronics to buy used.
1. Mobile Phones
With most mobile phone manufacturers releasing new models once or twice a year, buying a pre-owned phone can be useful if you are planning on getting a newer model within the next year or two anyway. Whether you are looking for a certified used iPhone 11 for sales or something of the Android variety like a Samsung Galaxy, it is important to take these steps when buying a pre-owned mobile phone:
- Ensure that the phone comes with a reasonable return policy, usually, one that allows you to return the phone within 14 days to a month
- Run checks on the phone to make sure it is in good working order, including on the camera, video recorder, keypad and charging port
- Pay attention to the battery life and verify that it is what one would expect from a phone of its age
As long as you consider your options carefully, you should be able to get some more high-quality life out of a pre-owned mobile phone.
2. Desktop or Laptop Computers
Buying a desktop or laptop computer used is a particularly good option if you are buying for a child who does not need the latest specs or if you already have a desktop computer and are looking for a cheap laptop for its portability. As with a mobile phone, you should check to make sure everything is working properly while you are still in the return period window. Also, look for the following when making a computer purchase:
- An Intel Core processor of at least Core i3, i5 or i7
- Memory of an absolute minimum of 4 GB, or 8 GB if you are planning on doing anything more than basic web browsing and email
- A solid-state drive of 128 GB or higher
Some computer manufacturers allow you to upgrade specs yourself after purchase, while others do not.
A used television is a good choice if you need one for a spare bedroom or office. Verify the audio and video quality and make sure that the ports on the back are in good working order.
Consider buying pre-owned the next time you are in the market for electronics.