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General News Amazon India launches new store for used and refurbished smartphones
New smartphones are launched almost every week, and there are people out there who want to go buy the latest ones. But what happens to old ones? A lot of users give their existing smartphones to vendors under buyback offer, and buy a new one. Depending on the condition of these old smartphones, vendors refurbish them and sell it for lower price. Now, Amazon India has launched a new, exclusive store for used and refurbished mobile phones on its website.

For used smartphones, Amazon India has split them into three categories – like-new, good and acceptable. Smartphones that work perfectly and don’t have any visible dents or scratches are placed under ‘like-new’ category. These smartphones also come with accessories such as data cable, headphone and more. Smartphones marked as ‘good’ have slight dents or scratches, but they come with fully working and perfect display. There are chances wherein accessories may be included with these smartphones. The last category is ‘acceptable’ where the smartphones may come with dents, scratches and cracked screen. Also, the packaging may or may not include accessories. For those wondering what about warranty, it’s upon the seller, who may offer up to six months warranty.

Amazon India has also listed one more category called ‘refurbished.’ The smartphones under this category are professionally restored to work perfectly. There are no scratches, dents or cracked screens, and packaging includes all accessories. Whether you are buying refurbished or used smartphones, returns are acceptable, in case you don’t like it. Also, you don’t have to pay any extra shipping costs for buying these smartphones.

What’s interesting is that Amazon India has also mentioned about the delivery timelines for these products, and they are same as other products sold by sellers. In terms of payment options, you can pay by cash on delivery, internet banking and via credit and debit cards. According to Amazon India, you can get used smartphones with up to 50 percent savings.

We took a quick look at the online store, which has a wide range of devices from budget to flagship smartphones and the price difference is nowhere close to 50 percent. Amazon might be using the launch price and MRPs of devices to reflect higher price difference but at the end of the day, a buyer would only compare it with the current price of a brand new product. And in most cases we didn’t find the price difference to be good enough to go through the hassle of a used product with limited warranty.

Take the OnePlus 3 for instance, it is priced at Rs 27,999, but a refurbished one costs Rs 24,999, which is just Rs 3,000 less compared to the brand new one. Same with the Moto G4 Plus – while a brand new one is available for Rs 14,999, you can get the used one for Rs 13,499, a difference of just Rs 1,500. The Apple iPhone 6s (16GB), on the other hand, is priced at Rs 42,290, but a used one is priced at Rs 38,900, which is a difference of Rs 3,390. Also, while the new Galaxy S7 edge is available for Rs 50,900, a used one can be purchased for Rs 43,490, which is not that bad.
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