The Secrets to Know Before Buying a Used Phone

Are you looking around for your next phone? It could be that you are looking for either a new or used phone or just trying to find a good deal. If you are in the market for a new phone, a used phone is a sure way to go. You have the ability to save money, get it faster, and potentially have it last longer. Do you know what to look for when buying a used phone? Sure, you can easily grab a phone off of Facebook for $50 or off Craigslist, but do you really know what you’re getting? If the answer is either “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know”, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t worry, though. Luckily Jaytronixx is here to help you unravel the secrets you should know and be asking before you buy a used phone.

Is it really unlocked?

You could easily check out Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist to snag a phone for under $100. Do you truly know what you’re getting? Do you know for a fact that you can use it and it’s unlocked? Surprise, surprise. There are people on websites and resell places such as selling locked phones. Some of those phones that are being sold are actually still financed and still under carrier obligations. This can be done by using a bypass chip, and this chip only lets your SIM card work temporarily on the phone. What happens is that anytime your phone sends out an update, you have the potential to be locked out from your phone completely. What does this mean for you? You have no control if this happens, and you can be in the middle of traveling, in an emergency and suddenly you no longer have a working phone.

So how do you avoid this? The best option is to buy a certified pre-owned device from a reputable business. That is the absolute best option, so you know for a fact that you are not gambling your money. However, if you still want to take a chance, you can run what is called an Apple GSX report. This report will tell you if the device you’re trying to buy is unlocked or only “bypassed”. This feature also allows you to check if the device has any outstanding balances due and much more. Jaytronixx can run this check for you free of charge by messaging us here.

Is it paid off?

Another common issue we see from people buying off the Facebook Marketplace or a marketplace type site is that phones can still have payments left on them. When you purchase a new phone, you can take out the full price of the phone in installments or payments allowing you to afford the phone faster. Often times, people can no longer meet the payment obligation on the phone or want a new one and don’t want to pay it off. That’s where you come in, without doing research. You may be susceptible to purchasing a phone still under a payment plan. When that happens, if more than two payments are missed, that carrier can and does blacklist the phone, essentially rendering it useless. Ensure that you do your research and make sure the phone is not under any outstanding financial obligations before purchase.

Is this a replacement device?

When searching for a used phone, make sure you know what its history looks like. Has this device ever been swapped out by an insurance company or carrier? Has this phone had parts replaced? Has it had any issues? These are all questions you need to know the answer to before you purchase. Often times, replacement devices are riddled with low-quality aftermarket parts. Not all aftermarket parts are reputable, and most don’t ensure the phone will continue to function. Sometimes low-quality aftermarket parts are put in the phone to keep it functioning until it is sold, and then it breaks. The aftermarket parts are not necessarily a con, however, there is a difference between low-quality and high-quality aftermarket parts, and buying from a reputable business will ensure you aren’t throwing your money in the wind.

It can be blacklisted.

If you’re still thinking about buying a pre-owned or used device on a marketplace site at this point, there is another viewpoint you need to consider. Just because you paid the person for the device doesn’t mean they are done with it. Scary, right? What we mean is that some people will sell a phone, then turn around and file a lost claim with their carrier. The old owner of the phone potentially gets some kind of compensation or replacement, all the while still taking the money from you. When a phone gets blacklisted, however, the carrier essentially shuts off the phone permanently, rendering it completely useless. So not only are you out of money, but you are also stuck with a useless brick for your phone and will have to purchase a new one. Start in the right place the first time, and don’t take that chance. Make sure you come into Jaytronixx, where you know you will have a quality product and no issues.

Where’s it been?

One last item you want to be aware of before reaching out a buying a used phone: where has it been? This may seem cryptic to say, but how do you know it hasn’t’ been dunked in a tank of water or thrown out of a car and just its screen replaced? There is more under the hood than what the eye can see. If the phone has been exposed to liquid, there is potential damage on the inside that you may have to deal with later. If it’s been thrown out of a car, the obvious repairs can be done (such as a screen repair) to fix its appearance. Again, you don’t know if anything else was damaged when it was thrown.

The greatest secret of all: Jaytronixx is the answer. You will know 100% of the answer to any of these questions when you look at purchasing a used device from our store. You will not have to wonder and be afraid that you might be throwing your money out of the window. All of our pre-owned devices are certified and come with a 90-day money-back guarantee. Come see us in person at our Highpoint location or Greensboro location, or reach out to us online and on Facebook!

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Pre-Owned vs New Devices

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between buying a pre-owned device instead or a new device? Have you also wondered if it’s worth it buying pre-owned? If you’re ready to replace your device, you know you’ve got plenty of options. Knowing which kind of device to pick is important, but deciding on how to buy depends on what is most important to you. If you’re considering pre-owned, we are here to share some tips on how to choose a pre-owned device and the quality difference and options for each!

Buying Pre-Owned vs. New

There are several numerous benefits that buying pre-owned phones or devices can give. Some of these benefits, you may not have ever heard or thought about. Others, you might have thought about but didn’t realize how much they impacted the things such as the environment and local business operations. Let’s take an inside look at a few ways that buying pre-owned devices are the better way to go.

Love your environment by recycling

Have you ever thought about your environment and how pre-owned devices and new devices impact the environment? Well, come to find out that not only does buying pre-owned help you and your wallet, but e-waster recycling just so happens to help save the planet. What is e-waste recycling you ask?

  • E-Waste recycling is the disassembly or separation of components and materials from electronics. Buy E-Waste recycling, you are essentially reusing parts and components and raw materials of other devices to reduce environmental impact on simply just “dumping” electronics. You are repurposing them for more use for less impact on the environment.
  • E-Waste recycling conserves natural resources: Recycling recovers valuable materials from old electronics that can be used to make new products. As a result, we save energy, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save natural resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.
  • Protects Environment: E-waste recycling provides proper handling and management of toxic chemical substances like mercury, lead and cadmium contained in the e-waste stream.
  • Creates Jobs: E-waste recycling creates new jobs for professional recyclers and creates a secondary market for recycled materials.
  • Saves Landfills: E-waste recycling saves unnecessary dumps and landfills.

Technology doesn’t change all that fast

With new device and phone releases happening more often than ever, you’d be surprised to discover that all of those cool new features are not necessarily a hefty upgrade. New releases are happening at a more frequent rate, with some device makers releasing new devices 1-2 a year now. Just because the new iPhone has an additional camera, doesn’t mean that the quality is 1,000% better than the previous model, it just means they added another camera. With that in mind, if you know how much technology is really being updated every year, there is no need to continue buying each new model.

Also, think about all of the money that you can save by buying a refurbished/pre-owned device. You skip having to pay for your current phone on a payment plan and then re-extending the payments. That could be anywhere from $400 a year to over $5000 a year for multiple devices. If you really want to upgrade to a newer phone 1-2 times a year, consider buying pre-owned devices. These pre-0wned devices are often a fraction of the cost of brand new devices and have virtually the same features as the newer phones.

New phones are becoming harder to repair

There have been studies done that show products made by Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are among the hardest devices to repair and upgrade and continue to become increasingly hard to do so. It’s been reported that other companies such as Dell and HP are some of the only companies that make spare parts and repair manuals to the public. The products from companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are now being designed in ways that make it difficult for users to repair. This causes the device’s lifespan to be shortened and adds to the growing pile of E-Waste around the world.

If you need a new device fast, test it before buying

Just like buying new clothes, it’s hard to shop online for something you’ve never used before. If you buy from a local trusted store, the pros and capabilities of a local store usually outweigh buying online. For most device users, buying online often doesn’t stack up against the real device. That’s why we always encourage testing devices and products before you buy them. When buying online, you cannot test them to see if you like them, or if they meet your needs.

How often can you buy a device online and receive it the same day? Not often. In addition to buying in a local store and testing the device, you can also get it the same day. Being able to test and purchase a device the same day ensures you can get your device as soon as possible so you can start using it. You are also helping local small businesses by buying from them and helping them give back to the community.

Buy local and from a reputable seller

So now you know that buying pre-owned devices locally is one of the best ways to go when buying electronics. One additional piece to consider is to make sure to buy from a reputable company. Sure, you can certainly pull up Facebook and look on Offerup to see what is out there. Let’s discuss the difference in short of why reputable is better.

Reasons you should buy from reputable sellers like Jaytronixx

  1. At Jaytronixx, all devices pass a 22 point inspection to ensure they are in proper working and mint condition.
  2. All devices include a 90-day worry-free warranty, so if you decide you don’t like your device, you can bring it back.
  3. Jaytronixx gives you the ability to trade-in your old or broken devices for credit or cash.
  4. Genuine accessories are included with your purchase.
  5. Easy financing is available for our devices, often with $0 down and no credit check needed.
  6. All devices that are pre-owned are unlocked and ready to go.

Reasons you shouldn’t buy from Offer up, Facebook, or unreliable sources

  • Do you know for certain the device you are buying doesn’t have hardware damage? Often times you are buying devices as-is. There is no guarantee that they aren’t broken or missing hardware.
  • The device you are buying may have an outstanding balance owed to a carrier. This could result in the phone becoming blacklisted shortly after purchase. Blacklisting often renders the phone useless and results in you losing 100% of the money you just spent.
  • There is a high possibility the device can be locked remotely after purchase.
  • Another consideration to keep in mind is a potential safety issue if you are meeting strangers with cash.

With any electronic device purchase, make sure that you have done your homework and research all of the options. Do not be willing to compromise on quality and reputation just for getting a cheaper phone. Any device purchase, from a brand-new device to a pre-owned device is a big decision and requires a lot of consideration. Determine your absolute must-haves, weigh the pros and cons of cost, reliability, and then come see us at Jaytronixx in Highpoint or Greensboro! Search pre-owned electronics near you!