Buying a second hand mobile phone used to be quite an investment. You were most likely looking for the best price, or shiny new technology, or maybe both. Then, as so many people began to shop online for better deals, we became aware of just how difficult it can be to actually find second hand mobile phones for sale. In fact, many people find it more difficult than ever to get a second-hand handset because of the increased fraud and scam websites on the web, and they do not know where to start. So, I thought I would put together some tips that will hopefully help you in your search.
To begin with, there are a few things you should be aware of before you even start your search. Firstly, some unscrupulous websites have been set up as scams, and are only after your money. If you are offered a second hand mobile phone for a ridiculously low price, you should never take it because it is probably a scam.
Secondly, you should only purchase a second hand mobile from a trustworthy site. It is easy enough to buy a mobile phone through the internet but you must be careful. There are many bad apples out there ready to sell you a second hand handset at an even worse price. They know that you are desperate for a new handset and that you will do almost anything to get it. Just think of all those phone scams that you hear about on the news. Don't let yourself fall prey to these people.
Next, check out the return policy of the website you want to buy from. You will also need to find out if they will provide a warranty period. The best second hand mobile phone auction websites will usually give you a good returns policy and will also offer you a good customer service. The quality of the websites does not matter if you have a poor return policy.
You should test drive any second hand mobile phone you come across. Try to get hold of one in good working condition before you make your purchase. If the phone seems good, you can then go ahead and make the payment. This way you won't be sorry. But if the phone turns out to be a dud, you are not stuck with it.
Look for mobile phone auctions on eBay, Craigslist or other similar online classified sites. You can also check out public free auction sites like eBay Motors and Moby. In fact, many people have managed to score really good deals this way.
Most second hand mobile phones that are being sold through these sites are being offered at incredibly low prices. A quick internet search can give you a list of all available phones for sale. But be aware that there is a catch. Some sites do not give out the information that you need about the particular phone in question, which makes it very difficult for you to figure out what the deal is.
Once you do get hold of a second hand mobile phone through a phone auction site, you will need to carefully inspect the phone before you make the payment. Always read the user's manual before you plug in the handset into the mains. You should also see that the phone is in good working condition. If the handset does not work properly or if it looks like it has been used quite a bit and is in a bad condition, then you should probably think twice about buying it. Remember, there is no guarantee that you will get a good deal.