Secondhand or Brand New

Philippines
March 19, 2013 3:43am CST
I am really considering buying a new phone because my phone is really old but I am having hard time whether to buy a brand new one or a secondhand at a bargain price. I see a lot of good phones at a very cheap price on the internet but I still can't decide. What can you say?
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@yume11 (183)
• Romania
19 Mar 13
It depends on the phone and how you want to use it. You should think carefully about this. Keep in mind that those SH phones are sold because of a reason..and the reasons can be: -something it's broken/a program/a function from the phone doesn't work properly or, but this case it's rarely seen -the user has bought for himself a new phone, and wants to sell that phone which it's working very well, but in this case, the phone might be old and might have some scratches... If you want to show your friends what a cool phone you have, but after a few months you'll have to get another, because something from your SH cellphone has broken...Then you can go and buy one. I don't want to be rude, but this can happen if you buy a SH phone. Of course, you can be lucky and get a phone which life will last long :). I advice you to buy a new phone, if you are on budget, it might not be the ''last hour'' phone, but you're sure it's yours, it's new, it has warranty, it will sure last longer than a SH phone[as long as you take care about it . :) Good luck!
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
Thanks for that very good advice there. May I ask you about your opinion with regards to pawned cellphones?
@yume11 (183)
• Romania
19 Mar 13
You're welcome! In what way you want my opinion about pawned cellphones? You want to buy one, or to pawn your cellphone? If you want to buy one, I think it's the same as SH cellphones. If you want to sell your phone, then I think it's a good idea. Firstly, you give them [the pawn shop] a phone that you don't use it anymore and you don't have what to do with it besides selling it, so you'll get some money from it. I don't know if only in my country, or everywhere it's the same thing, but here, in my country the disadvantage is that the money they give you on the cellphone are few in comparison with the money you could get if you could sell it to a person. But this disadvantage can be an advantage sometimes, in the case of old phone which just old people with low budgets would buy them. Another advantage for taking in the consideration a pawn shop is that, from what I know they recycle the phones, so you can think that this way you can save the planet a little. Also, in comparison with the time you'd wait for a customer if you'd choose to sell your phone to people, at the pawn shops you can sell your phone immediately [if the shop it's in your region] or in just few days[if it's in another region/country and you have o send it by mail]. Also, the pawn shop will give you the money immediately/when the phone will arrive at their shop and the pawn shops will not contact you later in case if they don't like some function/the design of the phone, like a person would do :D. And as a last thing about this: you use the cellphone in some way, instead of throwing it to the garbage or in a drawer. :)
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
Hi there kenshin. There are good phones out there that are brand new but is just as cheap as any second phones. Do your research and for sure you will be able to find some really good cellular phones. there are galaxy young and corby phones that are of the latest and it is also very cheap nowadays. :D
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• Philippines
19 Mar 13
Thanks for that advise chiyosan. I am really hoping I can get some at a reasonable price.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
20 Mar 13
no worries, kenshin. have you already got something in mind? like a brand of the phone you want and your budget? you can always start with the brand you want and the budget so you can limit your search to what you can afford. =) hope you find a good deal.
@tehpau (340)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 13
Why not buy it from a shop instead? Phones are usually cheaper when buying with telco packages. Some package even give out the phone free. Buying a second hand phone is not recommended.
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• Philippines
19 Mar 13
Subscribing to Telco's phone plan is not within my option. I find it very hassle in terms of catching up with monthly bills and paying it for more than a year. I will still considering a secondhand phone though.
@jiiiiin (569)
• Philippines
19 Mar 13
There are many brand new phones with good specs that have cheap prices. I prefer to buy brand new instead of secondhand.
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@subhojit10 (7384)
• India
19 Mar 13
I think there are too many brands in the markets available that will help u to get a good cell phone for yourself. In fact Samsung has come with so many range of cell phones with varied prices. In fact i have also planned to get a new cell phone and i would recommend the same for you as well because second hand phones will hardly last long.
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@Ghajini (776)
• Philippines
23 Mar 13
When I was young, my parents would usually buy me brand-new phones, though they are just the cheap ones or mid-level ones, since we aren't rich. Nevertheless, brand-new phones offer really has a lot of benefits over a second hand phone like warranty, no hidden defects, etc. On the other hand, now as an adult, I actually buy some second hand phones, most of them are flagship or high-end phones of Nokia. They used to cost like ten times their current price as 2nd stuffs, I am talking about a Nokia N95 which I bought from my cousin, then the most recent pre-owned phone I got is a Nokia n900 which I bought from tipidcp.com, a buy and sell site here in the Philippines. Luckily, I found a trustworthy seller and his reason for selling the phone is that he needs some funds and since he already has a samsung galaxy s2. So in the end, it's up to you, buy brand-new phones if you can't afford it but don't underestimate second hand phones, just be sure to look for a trusted seller. For some reasons, I prefer buying 2nd hand gadgets since their prices quickly depreciates over time. For example, you bought a 500 dollar smartphone this month, next year it would be like 300 dollars, then so on and it to the point it's totally cheap or probably phased out already. Come to think of it, I heard this saying somewhere, regarding buying cars, "buy last year's model".
@akp100 (13328)
• India
20 Mar 13
Hello As you mentioned, these days we are already getting good phones at very cheap rates. So my suggestion to you is better go for new one as you can get good phone with low cost. These days new companies are selling good quality phone at very low cost so no need to buy second hand in same price range, unless you are getting very good deal. It is up to the condition.