How to Safely Buy a Used Smartphone
The below guide tells you how to buy a used smartphone from Olx or Quikr or any other online store without getting cheated.
Nowadays when Olx & Quikr have become so popular in India. There is a huge market for used products that 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 profit while buying or selling a product.
Sharing with you simple tips below:
Buying a used Smartphone is usually a tricky affair, and there is some risk involved. Especially from an unknown seller whom you have just contacted on OLX or Quikr. You don’t know the seller, and even how he has used the device. It could 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 thoroughly so that you get a fair idea of the phone price you want to buy. Also, make an estimate of the average price people are selling. Some will try to sell it way above the average price, and others very low, try to stay away from both.
The higher price will not give you any benefit from the second-hand purchase. And the low-price product is likely to have some defect or catch, such as buying from the US or abroad or no warranty.
2). Check the Seller profile
You can ask the seller to connect on Whatsapp and also try to search his Facebook or Google+ profile to check whether he is the person he is posing to be. It is essential, as you don’t want to buy a stolen phone from a dealer who is selling it cheap.
There are many frauds happening on OLX and Quickr as the buyers are using online payments to siphon money. Read More about it here OLX, PayTm, Google Pay Scam – Don’t Get Scammed (UPI Frauds) and be cautious.
3). Don’t Buy it without a bill and Box
Next, ask the seller if he has the original bill and box of the device. Why is this relevant? The bill provides you IMEI number, match it with the one on the box. To ensure it is not a stolen phone with a fake bill.
Also, check the bill if it has the buyer’s name. To repeat, the IMEI Number at the back of your mobile must match the IMEI on the bill and box. If all three things are there, you can be very sure it’s a genuine seller.
4). Should You Buy a Used Mobile Without the Bill and Box?
My advice will be not to do that and buy any other phone. The phone may have been stolen or may belong to someone else, 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 and address proof with photo and sign a letter stating details like IMEI number and phone details and enter into a contract before buying it.
So you know from whom you bought it and, where to look for, in case of any trouble. A genuine seller will give you all the details, and fake dealers will run away.
5). Buying Out of Warranty used Smartphones?
If the cell phone is under warranty you are better off, and you must take the original bill from the seller.
In case you find any issues later, you can always approach the service center to get it repaired free of cost. Also, mobiles without warranty or brought from abroad should be bought 30% cheaper.
Checking the Mobile Before Paying the Seller
There can be many issues with a used handset. I have seen many that have data connectivity, incoming calls, speaker, camera issues, and other uncountable things.
When you meet the seller arrange a convenient place where you can take 20-30 minutes to inspect 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 at night. Look for scratches, marks, paint loss, and minor screen scratches. Check the volume rocker, on-off, keypad, scroll pad in case of blackberry.
Open the battery compartment have a look at the battery to see if it is perforated or swollen which shows that the battery deteriorates. Check if the backplate fix properly and the hinges are not broken.
Dialer & Modem
Further, check if the dialer is working properly make a call to another mobile and hear the sound quality. And also receive a call, test the data connection 2G/3G/4G of the phone. Send a text message and ask someone to send a reply.
Fake Phones – How to check if it is not a Chinese-made replica of the phone?
There are many China-made models I have seen that do not have the hardware as provided in the original phone. These are loaded with Chinese processors and they look stunningly similar to the original model.
However, you can just do a small check by installing an App and check the internal hardware.
You can install CPU-Z from the Android play store link is provided below. The below snapshot 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 the CPU & GPU of the mobile and battery. Prior to buying, check these details about the mobile you are going to purchase.
So, when you go to meet the seller you know it. Install the CPU-Z to test the hardware. The CPU-Z will get installed quickly even on your 2G enabled sim-card, as it is very small in size.
Also, go to setting and check the Android version in which your mobile is running Goto Settings>about phone >Android version.
Additionally, I would suggest you 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. Test the charger, if you have a point nearby.
In the end, you need to negotiate well with the seller. All sellers usually have a cut-off price in their mind below which they won’t sell you the product.
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.
Ask this question 2-3 times, and they will reach a point where they won’t come down any further. And then you give your offer close to that and close the negotiation.
Nevertheless, I have bargained a lot when buying multiple things from OLX & Quikr successfully. I hope this guide helps you make a successful purchase at a desirable price.
Thanks for reading, please share your suggestions and comments. Also, Read – 10 Checks before Buying a Used Laptop on OLX or Quikr
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