You might have noticed that we’re all for buying a refurbished iPhone, both because opting for a refurbished iPhone instead of a new one can save you a lot of money and can reduce the environmental impact of that brand-new iOS device. Budget- and environmentally-conscious, if you do your research and shop at a reputable source, there are plenty of other refurbished gadgets that you shouldn’t be afraid to buy. As Brian X. Chen reports for The New York Times, used electronics sold by reputable brands “can often be as good as buying new.”
Chen explains that while a used product might lack the original packaging, or may come with a few scuffs on it, “the quality of many of the devices remains high and people who buy the gadgets do the world a favor by putting more use into the energy, metals, plastics and human labor invested in creating the product.” Shoppers who buy used gadgets also find themselves a part of the trend toward anti-consumerism, which Chen reports “includes maintaining electronics to get more use out of them for a longer period, rather than discarding and constantly upgrading to the latest products.”
While there aren’t any firm numbers on how many Americans opt for preowned gadgets instead of brand-new ones, retailers like Amazon are reporting that more customers are shopping for used products. But for all of the customers who are enthusiastic about buying a refurbished laptop or a preowned smartphone, there are plenty of others who don’t trust devices that have been used by someone else.