A Guide to Buying Second-Hand Tech On eBay

Second-hand tech gadgets are on the list of top-sold products on eBay and with a little bit of guidance, you can also crack a good deal. Besides, when you buy a second-hand gadget, you actually help to trim down waste generated by the making of new products. Besides, second-hand tech gadgets are cheaper.

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So, if you want an iPhone but don’t have the money to buy a new one, you can fulfill your dream by buying it second-hand from eBay. However, without taking some precautionary measures, you can end up wasting your money on a bad quality gadget.

In this post, we will tell you what are the things you need to keep in mind while buying second-hand gadgets on eBay.

Think practical

If you think you can get a second-hand iPhone at a dramatically low price on eBay, then probably you have to wait for an infinite time. So before buying, plan out your requirements properly and estimate a possible price for it. It will allow you to set the right budget as well.

Compare prices

Don’t buy a gadget just after seeing it available on eBay. You may find a better deal with a little bit of research. So, after deciding what you want to buy, compare rates of different sellers to get the best possible price.

Choose a good seller

It is very important to buy gadgets from a reliable and trustworthy seller, especially when you are buying second-hand gadgets. Seller feedback rating can help you to know which seller is good. This will help you avoid bad sellers and get a good gadget.

Know the timing

Timing is very vital when you buy second-hand gadgets. The price of a second-hand iPhone may go down when you buy it after the launch of the latest iPhone model.

The best time for buying second-hand gadgets is mid or late-January because many people sell unwanted gifts received at Christmas, which increases the supply of second-hand gadgets.

Shipping cost

In some cases, if eBay’s Global Shipping Program does not cover your gadget, then you may have to pay some extra bucks for shipping. However, you can also save money here.

Before paying for the shipping, check and compare prices of different shipping companies, and choose the lowest one.

Know how to bid

After you choose a second-hand gadget, don’t start bidding in the next moment. The best way is, monitor the bid, let others bid first, and place your bid at the final moment, just 10-15 seconds prior to the end of the bidding. By doing this, your purchasing amount will not heavily cross your budget.

Description over picture

We have a common tendency to judge a gadget’s quality by seeing the picture. What we forget is that the picture can be false. So, don’t let the picture influence you. Read the description carefully, check the seller details, customer reviews to know the gadget’s current condition.

Following these tips, you will be able to buy the right second-hand gadget from eBay. Happy shopping.

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Michael Austin

Michael Austin is a Internet Entrepreneur, Blogger, Day Dreamer, Business Guy, Fitness Freak and Digital Marketing Specialist. He also helps companies to grow their online businesses.

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