The short answer: yes, absolutely. It’s not for nothing that reconditioned phones are seducing more and more French people. According to a recent study conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Hubside.Store, 69% of French people say they are ready to opt for a reconditioned device. A paradigm shift driven by the savings that the formula allows, but also by an environmental awareness that is becoming widespread in France.
To save money and change phones more often
First of all, let’s point out the difference between used and refurbished phones. Unlike a second-hand phone, a reconditioned phone is refurbished by a professional (repair, refurbishment, change of parts…), after it has undergone a battery of tests. In other words, it is a quasi-new product, offered at the price of a second-hand phone. In a context where the prices of smartphones of the most popular brands exceed the €1,000 mark when new, opting for a refurbished device makes sense, especially since you can save up to 40%. But that’s not all. If you’re a die-hard techie, choosing a refurbished phone will allow you to change phones often, without breaking the bank.
When asked what motivated their decision to buy a new phone, most buyers undeniably mention the warranty. But that would be a misunderstanding of the refurbished market… Indeed, almost all the brands specialized in refurbished smartphones offer 12 months warranty on malfunctions, loss, oxidation, theft… Some brands like Hubside.Store go even further by offering their customers a 24 months warranty on refurbished products!
Refurbished phone = less impact on the environment
It’s obvious, especially when you know that the design and manufacturing of a new smartphone implies the use of more than 70 precious metals per device, without forgetting the CO2 emissions induced by the transport. At the end of the cycle, a smartphone will cause more than 170 grams of electronic waste. As you can see, opting for a refurbished phone minimizes this environmental impact. How can you do this? By giving a second life to the devices, which has the gift of limiting the emission of greenhouse gases and the amount of electronic waste. In short, choosing a refurbished smartphone is equivalent to doing something for the planet, while saving money!
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