The guide below tells you how to Buy a used smartphone from Olx 0r Quikr or any other online store without getting cheated….
Nowadays when Olx & Quikr have become so popular in India there is a huge market of used products which can be bought or sold directly without adding a middleman (the shopkeeper). It is best to buy directly from the seller as the shopkeeper will keep anywhere between 10-20% as his own profit while buying or selling a product.
Sharing with u simple tips below:
Buying a used Smartphone is usually a tricky affair and there is some risk involved in purchasing a used smartphone, especially from an unknown seller whom you just contacted on OLX or Quikr or elsewhere. You don’t know the seller how he has used the device; it may be stolen or may have some defect.
So how to make sure that you get the best deal without getting cheated by the seller?
These things you must check before paying the seller!
1). Research the Phone Price:- You need to research well so that you get the fair idea of the phone price you want to buy and make an estimate of the average price people are selling. Some will try to sell it way above average and some way below try to stay away from both. The Higher price will not give you any benefit from second-hand purchase and very low price are likely to have some defect or catch like bought from the US or abroad or no warranty.
2). Check the Seller profile: if you can just ask the seller to send his name and connect with him on what’s app and also try to search his profile on Facebook or Google+ to check whether he is the person he is posing to be. It is important as you don’t want to buy a stolen phone from a dealer who is selling it cheap.
3). Don’t Buy it without bill and Box: Next is to ask the seller if he has original bill and box of the device. Why this is relevant, the bill provides you with IMEI number and also box has the same on it and the bill also has buyers name. The IMEI Number at the back of your mobile must match the IMEI on bill and box. If all the three things are there with seller name on mobile you can be very sure it genuine seller.
4). If Bill & Box is missing and it is too old should you buy it my advice will be not to do that and buy a new one after all you don’t want to take so much risk? But if you still want to buy it then ask the seller to give a copy of his identity proof so you know from whom you bought it and where to look for in case of trouble. A genuine seller will give you and fake dealers will run away, you can also give them your ID proof.
5). Warranty: If the cell phone is within warranty you are better off and you take the original bill from the seller. In case you find any issue you can approach the service center of the mobile manufacturer and things can be sorted easily. Without warranty or phones brought from abroad should be bought 30% cheaper to Indian bought devices.
Checking the Mobile Before Paying the Seller!
There can be many issues with a used handset I have seen many which don’t have data working, incoming call issues, speaker issues, camera issues and other uncountable things.
Checking the Smartphone
When you meet the seller arrange for a convenient place where you can take 20-30 minutes inspecting the phone. You will be able to check most of the things with my guide to make sure you are buying the right product.
Inspect the phone in good daylight, don’t buy after evening, look for scratches, marks, paint loss and more important screen scratches and all keys and buttons. The volume rocker, on-off, keypad, scroll pad in case of blackberry. Open the battery compartment has a look at the battery see if it is perforated or swollen which shows that battery is deteriorated. Check if backplate fix properly and hinges are not broken.
Dialer & Modem
Check if the dialer is working properly make a call to other mobile and hear the sound quality and also receive a call and test the data connection2G/3G for the phone. Send a text message and ask someone to send one to you.
How to check if it is not a Chinese made replica of the phone, There are many Chinese made Galaxy S2, S3 & S4 models I have seen which do not have the hardware as provided by Samsung in its model but are loaded with Chinese processors and they look stunningly similar to the original model.
Now you can just do small check by installing a small software and check the internal hardware –
You can install CPU-Z from android play store link is provided below from where you can read about the software and understand how to use it. Snapshot below shows the actual hardware of the device so you are protected from buying a copy or non-genuine product
CPU-Z gives you detailed information on CPU & GPU of the mobile and battery , do check these things about the mobile you are going to purchase beforehand as when you go there to meet seller you know it and then install CPU-Z to check hardware , CPU-Z will get installed in quickly even on your 2G enabled sim-card as it very small in size.
Also, go to setting and check the Android version which your mobile is running Goto Settings>about phone >Android version.
Also, we would suggest you to take out the battery once and reboot your phone after adding back the battery to check any boot errors and the time taken to boot the device.
Check the accessories
A lot of people will inspect the phone but forget about the charger cable, power adapter, memory card or headphones or usb cable check the charger as well if you have point nearby.
Negotiation: In the end, you need to negotiate well with the seller, all sellers have usually a cut off price in their mind below which they won’t sell the product to you.
I have tried this in many negotiations and believe me this works you need to ask them ”what is the best price they will offer” and you will be surprised that they will come down a little bit more, you ask this 2-3 times and they will reach a point where they won’t bring it down any further and then you give your offer close to that and close the negotiation. I have bargained a lot when buying multiple things from OLX & Quikr with a good amount of success.
Thanks for reading, please share your suggestions and comments. Also, Read – 10 Checks before Buying a Used Laptop on OLX or Quikr