The Ultimate Shopper’s Guide To Buying Second-Hand Products

Buying Second-Hand Products is quite an economical choice, especially when you are facing budget constraints. Buying second-hand products can save you a lot of money and can prove very beneficial for you but only if you check the item properly and thoroughly before buying it to ensure that you don’t get into a bad deal.

If you choose carefully, you might get the used item as good as new and that too in a comparatively very low price.

Here are some must follow tips that you should consider when buying second-hand products:

When Buying A Refrigerator

  1. Sealing : Sealer is basically a rubber strip that is attached to the door of the refrigerator. Owing to the regular use of refrigerator, chances of sealer to get loose are high. So, consider checking it before making the final decision of buying. Go through some alternatives of used refrigerators available and choose one depending on the quality.
  2. Lights And Temperature : To make sure that the interior light of the fridge is working properly, open and close the refrigerator’s door to approx. 5-6 times. Also, check its cooling ability by keeping an ice-tray filled with water inside the freezer for about 30 minutes and if the water has turned to ice then purchase it.
  3. Energy Efficiency : Make sure to check the energy efficiency of the fridge as well. Did you know the fact that a refrigerator that’s been used for more than 5 years consume 33% more electricity than a new one. If the fridge that you’re going to buy is used for more than 5 years then bring an electrician along to check the energy consumption of the fridge.
  4. Sealing : Sealer is basically a rubber strip that is attached to the door of the refrigerator. Owing to the regular use of refrigerator, chances of sealer to get loose are high. So, consider checking it before making the final decision of buying. Go through some alternatives of used refrigerators available and choose one depending on the quality.

When Buying A Smartphone

  1. Physical Condition :
    Properly examine the smartphone to avoid any physical damage. Careful inspection makes sure that you don’t waste your money on a defective smartphone.
    • Check thoroughly the touchscreen of the mobile phone. Even good looking devices may have faulty touch screens.
    • Ensure that the camera lens doesn’t have any scratches. Also, take 3-4 quick pictures from various angles to see whether the lens is working properly or not.
  2. Avoid buying smartphones purchased abroad : Always prefer to buy used smartphones that are initially bought in India. Smartphone makers usually don't offer warranty or repair services for smartphones purchased abroad.
  3. Get the original bill and all the mobile accessories : The original bill makes sure that the phone is not stolen and can be easily repaired if required. Also, ask for original accessories from the seller, if there are no original accessories included then negotiate with the seller for reducing the selling price.
    Also, Prefer smartphones that are still within warranty. You can easily get this if you do some research as there are many people who continuously upgrade to new phones.

When Buying A Laptop

  1. Get the proper software documents and licenses : Ask for the original software like CDs, recovery CD, drivers or anything else that usually come with the laptop. Also, make sure to transfer any warranty left for the laptop into your name.
  2. Check the battery : Laptop battery has usually time span of 3 years. So, if you are looking at the laptop which has been used for more than 3 years, then its battery may already be dead or weak. Consider purchasing a new or additional battery.
  3. Software warning : Check into the licenses of the software installed on the laptop. It’s illegal to use unlicensed software. So, purchase your own software with its own license to avoid any legal problems. Licensed software provide you the benefit of having a backup disc, technical support, and the option of buying upgrades to the software.
    Following these steps will help you in making a smart buy and prevent getting into any sort of bad deal. It is also advisable to check online for the market value of the product before finalizing the deal so that you don’t end up paying more. At last, buy the item when it meets both your needs and the budget.Shopper_s guide to second hand products