How To Buy A Used iPhone: 8 Things To Keep In Mind

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The best time of year to buy a used iPhone is in the months of September to October. That’s because a glut of used devices flood the market as people rush to sell last year’s model so they can make some cash to buy the new iPhone.

Apple’s iPhones are VERY expensive, especially new ones. This is why plenty of people buy second-hand or reconditioned units, as they’re often a hell of a lot cheaper. Plus, once a new iPhone lands the price of older models go down considerably cheaper.

Chuck in Apple’s excellent track-record with software-support and investing in a year old iPhone 6s makes a lot of sense. Also, if you’re not 100% sold on Apple’s iPhone 7 but need an upgrade if you’re running an older handset, say, the iPhone 5s, a reconditioned iPhone 6s makes a ton of sense as it will be a huge upgrade on your older iPhone.

So how do you find a good deal on an iPhone? 

It then comes down to the simple law of supply and demand: the more people selling used iPhones mean the prices for those used devices drop in order to entice buyers to buy theirs and not someone else’s. However, horror stories abound about people getting ripped off when buying a used device.

While there’s no guarantee you won’t be ripped off, we’ve put together this simple guide to help you minimize your risk when buying a used iPhone from a stranger.

1. If Possible, Buy Used From Amazon Or eBay

Why? Because these services put buyers first and sellers second. If there’s a legitimate dispute between a buyer and seller on Amazon, for example, the site will almost always side with the buyer. They also mandate that sellers must offer a 30 day return period–so if your used iPhone stopped working a week after you buy it, it’ll be easy to get a refund.

eBay also offers powerful buyer protection thanks to its seller rating system and its integration with Paypal. If you get ripped off, Paypal makes it very easy to get your money back.

2. Meet The Seller In A Public And Secure Place

I like to believe that most sellers are honest people, but there have been instances where someone agrees to meet a seller from Craigslist or Gumtree, only to turn up and be mugged by them. for this reason I always suggest meeting a seller in a public and secure place. A packed coffee shop, and Apple Store, or even the parking lot of a police station. A place with CCTV cameras is good too, just in case something goes down.

3. Ask To See The Original Receipt

While some sellers may not always have this, it’s a good thing to ask for. If they can provide a receipt for the iPhone, you know there’s a good chance it’s not a stolen device. However, not being able to provide a receipt doesn’t necessarily mean it is stolen.

4. Get Two Forms Of Contact Info From The Seller

I always recommending getting two or more forms of contact for the seller. Email is good and a phone number is better. As for their name and see if you can identify them on social media. Getting as much contact info from the seller as possible means you have a better chance of contacting them if the used iPhone you bought dies a week later.

5. Ask What The Seller’s Return Policy Is

Most sellers will probably have a “no returns accepted” policy. When I sell on sites like Gumtree I usually have this policy. However, if you are buying a high-value device like the iPhone, I usually offer them a week to return it–but only if something is seriously wrong. I also show the buyer that the phone works well and keep detailed pictures of the device in case the buyer damages it and wants to return it.

6. Test The Used Phone

Needless to say, you should thoroughly test the used iPhone you plan to buy. If you’re about to hand a stranger £400, he should have no qualms about you using the phone in front of him for about 10 minutes to test out all its features.

7. Make Sure No iCloud Account Is Signed In To The Device

While testing the device, make sure that no user is signed into the iCloud account on the iPhone. If they are, this could prevent you from restoring it, may suggest that it’s been stolen, or even means the seller can screw you over later and lock you out of the device you’ve bought.

8. Check Out The Device’s IMEI Number

An IMEI number is a unique 15-digit number assigned to cellular devices. The IMEI can be used to block a mobile phone from being used by others if it has been lost or stolen. To find the iPhone’s IMEI go to Settings > General > About. Once you have the IMEI you can copy and past it and then go to to enter it and check its warranty and activation info, if it’s locked to a carrier, or if its been reported lost or stolen.

Source : KnowYourMobile.Com