How to Buy a Used iPhone 101 (or Any Used Things)

iPhone is a great device and everyone wants one, but they aren’t cheap, and they rarely go on sale.

Therefore, buying a used one is a good choice.

But buying a used iPhone is a challenge.

I mean, nowadays, there are a lot of crap secondhand iPhone sales out there. The refurbished one, the good-looking with the trash inside one, and you know the rest.

So, to tackle this issue, this is my (very personal) tips on how to buy a used iPhone (or any used things).

This tip is based on my personal experience, especially when I help my friend, Suci, to decide which iPhone she should buy.

1. If you have money, go buy the original one in the official store

I think I don’t have to explain more about this.

The original phone is better than the used one (in any way —except money). And it can give you peace of mind as the device is fresh from the oven.

But if you don’t have enough money to buy, you can looks for the secondhand.

2. Buy the more expensive used phone

The price of the secondhand phone varies so much. Some of them maybe have a cheap price point that is not reasonable.

You have to warn this cheap used phone because it may have problem inside and will make you spend more money and time to go to the service center.

The more expensive used phone is better because it have less problem than the cheap one.

For example, I recommend Suci to buy a used iPhone 7 Plus with the price of IDR 4.7M, while the other seller sell it at IDR 4.2M on average.

The difference of IDR 0.5M is very significance in term of peace of mind.

I mean, the expensive one I mentioned above is bought from an official store less than 1 year ago, all of the accessories are original, and it still has the warranty until November 2020.

On the other hand, the cheaper one is clear about the device. It’s unclear when and where this item was bought from. It’s also unclear whether the accessories is already replaced or not.

Another example from my other two friend: The first person bought a used iPhone 7 at the price of IDR 2.3M, and the second person bought at IDR 3.2M.

The first person think that he (and the broker) are smarter because they can get the same phone in the cheaper price. But the problem came after about 1 month.

The first-person’s iPhone have so many trouble after 1 month. The battery drains so fast, the camera is shaky, the home button have weird response, and many other problems.

While the second-person’s iPhone is still good and very stable for everyday use.

3. Buy from the personal seller, not the store (in some cases)

Because buying the secondhand phone from the store increase the possibility that the phone is refurbished.

Author: Fajrul

Amateur physicist and science writer

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