5 Websites I Use to Buy Refurbished Apple Devices & Other Electronics

When it comes to buying expensive phones or electronics, my preferred method for being frugal is purchasing a refurbished device. They provide a considerable discount with the added value of the warranty and peace of mind.

It is no secret that Apple devices provide a superior ecosystem and seamless experience that many users have come to love and want. However, Apple devices cost significantly more than any other manufacturer. A 512 GB iPhone Pro max costs a whopping $1449, and the newly released MacBook Air $999. Yes, you can finance or use a credit card to split payments. However, this article is for you if you are someone like me who does not mind a little bit of research and wants to own the devices without the added hassle of a monthly payment. Over the years, most of my bought devices have been certified refurbished. Consider buying a refurbished device if you don’t need the latest and greatest feature immediately and can wait for 6-12 months. They are also good for the environment, less e-waste.

Below are the five time-tested websites I have used to buy refurbished iPhones, Macbook Air, Windows laptops and various electronics. To maximize the value of your refurbished purchase, shop using a cashback portal and a credit card that provides an extended warranty.

5. Decluttr 

If you are looking for a no-fuss website to buy a refurbished iPhone, iPad, Laptop, give this site a try. Decluttr is a website where you can buy and sell all kinds of devices, CD & DVDs (yes, those still exist). I bought a couple of devices from Decluttr, including a refurbished iPhone 8 for a family member last year. I have been satisfied with my purchases so far.

Pros

Cons

  • No picture of the device you are buying
  • Does not provide any real example picture of what they mean by pristine, very good and good conditions
  • Devices might or might not come with all the accessories

4. Swappa

I have bought 3 iPhones and sold one on Swappa, and it has been a smooth transaction each time. So, why not put them as number 1? Simply put, the return and warranty policy is not favourable as a buyer. The buyer would pay the shipping fee for any returns unless the seller specified to cover it. The website functions based on the good-faith policy, and many users have reported having a positive buying and selling experience.

Swappa_bought

Pros
  • Listings are verified by Swappa staff before going live
  • Includes various pictures of the device that is being sold and it is a requirement
  • Free shipping, transparent fee
  • If you have any problem with your transaction or device, you can ask Swappa to step in and assist
Cons

3. eBay

Until Amazon’s renewed program was launched, eBay was my favorite place to buy all kinds of refurbished electronics. Before purchasing anything on eBay be sure to look at the:
– The seller ratings.
– Read some recent reviews.
– Return and shipping policy and purchase with a credit card.

Pros

  • A vast amount of listings and sellers to choose from
  • Reputable sellers provide 6-12 months warranty
  • Accumulate eBay bucks if you often shop and use it later towards your new purchase
  • Provides buyer protection

Cons

  • Not all listings include actual device pictures, only stock photo
  • Have to spend time on researching sellers
  • Some of the sellers (scammers) abuse the site, i.e. empty box scams, counterfeit goods and more

2. BackMarket

BackMarket is the newest kid on the block. They have an environmental pitch, i.e. less e-waste, reduce carbon footprint, etc. Their website is intuitive, modern and easy to navigate.

BackMarket

Pros
  • Certified refurbished devices
  • Apple-refurbished iPhone comes with a 12 month AppleCare, honored at Apple Stores; other devices include a 1-year warranty
  • Includes various accessories and OEM boxes for most of the purchases
  • Free shipping with 14 days return window
  • A customer service number you can call if run into any issues
Cons
  • Refunds are only possible for returns made within the 30 day return period
  • No photo of the device you are buying, but they do provide a clear guideline

1. Amazon Renewed

The products from Amazon Renewed are inspected and tested by qualified suppliers to work and look like new and come with a minimum 90-day. And with the added benefit of Amazon prime free shipping and easy return is why Amazon Renewed is my number one pick to purchase refurbished Apple devices or any other electronics. Keep in mind that the devices themselves are sold by manufacturers or specialized third-party refurbishers, who must meet strict criteria to sell on Amazon Renewed. I am writing this article on a refurbished Dell E7270 Latitude Laptop from the Amazon Renewed.

Pros
  • Free, fast shipping and returns for Prime members
  • 30 days return policy
  • Eligible for a replacement or refund within 90 days of receiving the product
  • Anyone can’t sell; the sellers have to be approved by Amazon
  • Good customer service, quick support for claims and free troubleshooting
Cons
  • it could be a bit pricier compared to other websites mentioned here
  • No picture of the device you are buying
  • Warranty should be more extensive

Apple has its own certified refurbished devices that come with 1 year AppleCare, which also can be extended. The discount is not that exciting hence, the exclusion from the list. In conclusion, if you spend about 30-40 minutes doing a bit of reading and research techniques mentioned above, you will save a good amount of money and be a smart Apple device owner.

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  1. […] but that does not mean you can’t save money while shopping for them. I prefer buying refurbished or renewed electronics whenever I can. You save money and help reduce […]

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