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Buying used phones could save you big on holiday gifts

ByinTips & Guides | November 21, 2015

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Holiday shopping season is just about to begin which means that your wallet may become considerably slimmer over the next few weeks. Of course, you could knit a pair of mittens or bake a batch of gingerbread cookies and be done with gifts for the holidays but what if your husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father or another person you love dreams about nothing more than a new phone or tablet? The disappointed look in their face could be too difficult to deal with. It doesn’t mean, however, that you need to break a bank to get a perfect present for your loved one, since buying used phones could save you big on holiday gifts. If you are not convinced that it’s a good idea, maybe the following reasons will help you make up your mind.

Benefits of buying used phones as gifts

Cheaper gift are easier to accept

1. New devices are expensive

Even though prices of smartphones and tablets have gone down considerably over the years, premium devices are still very pricey. Typically, a flagship smartphone of a popular brand costs at least $600. It’s a lot, especially considering that an average consumer is planning to spend about $700 on gifts this year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. Meanwhile, a used phone in good condition can be had for half the price, including luxury packaging and warranties.

2. Older devices get second life

Smartphones and tablets, or electronics in general, age faster theses days. It’s enough to slightly tweak the design and add a new feature or two and the previous model is immediately considered outdated and replaced by a new version. Increasing number of devices launched every year means that more and more unused phones are gathering dust in drawers when in reality they are still perfectly capable of serving their purpose for a long time. By buying used devices as gifts you can not only save money but also help another person get rid of a device they no longer use and get some money for it.

3. Cheaper gifts are easier to accept

The reason your loved ones didn’t get themselves the phone they always wanted is probably because it’s expensive. Spending your savings on making their dream come true may result in extremely uncomfortable feelings and even guilt. That’s why buying used phones is a win-win situation – you make them happy by giving them what they want and they find it easier to accept such gift knowing that it wasn’t that expensive.

Buying used devices is still not the most common way to get gifts but this strategy is gaining popularity by the year. According to a survey carried out by Gazelle, over 50% of consumers is thinking about buying a used phone as a gift this holiday season. You may as well add to that figure this year

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