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Old 09-30-2018, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have any of you shopped on Back Market?

I cannot find any explanation for the name, but it is a marketplace for refurbished devices--with a six-month warranty.

Apple sells refurbished iPhones with a one-year warranty. So does Samsung, but clicking through the Note5, S6, and S7, and all of the variants thereof, they had exactly zero in stock.

So, grey them out and put "Sold out" on the main page!

Apparently, I have had my Samsung Galaxy S6 for four years and five months, right before Verizon stopped giving out "free" phones. The phone has been great, but as I have noted elsewhere, the battery was never adequate, and it seems like the charging port has worn out. I go through cables far too quickly. I have bought two charging cases and those have helped tremendously, but it seems like the charging port on the second one has worn out!

I have long wanted to replace the charging port and battery on the phone, but wanted to have a replacement phone first, in case there were delays, something went horribly wrong, etc. I have heard good things about the Moto G6. It is rated 4/5 on Amazon, just like the iPhone X. I called Costco to see if they would give me Gorilla glass, a battery pack, and other goodies for free.

They won't.

I talked to the gentleman for about twenty minutes. He said the G6 is a great phone, but I should know that it goes on sale every November, and they discount it $50, although I cannot find any confirmation.

Meanwhile, Amazon sells refurbished S6es for $160, although I hesitate with the ninety-day warranty, and the refurbished S6es are rated worse than the Motos.

Decisions decisions!

So, I tried to find a better source for a refurbished phone. Back Market is rated 8.3/10 on TrustPilot, and here are thirty articles in five months:

Well, I went for it! Wish me luck!

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Old 09-30-2018, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I find good deals on things through Slickdeals alerts, as well as Amazon (camelcamelcamel.com) alerts. I've bought the last 2 phones (Nexus 6p-$200 and Pixel XL-$289) used on Ebay though, and am very happy.

I'd get something with inductive charging built in so when the USB port fails, you'll still be able to charge. Newer phones should have USB C connectors which theoretically should hold up better.

The back market sounds like the place I should have shopped when I slipped my L5-S1 and lived on the floor for 2 months.
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I like using the OfferUp app for purchasing such things. It's mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers. Here is the article with the descriptions of all its features. One can find some things for a really good price there.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a Moto G5, which works well enough though my wife's Samsung A6 seems nicer.
But my battery is replaceable, and new. I'd always go new especially if the battery isn't replaceable.

I have a plastic screen protector with a few tiny specs in between it and the glass... if you want one add it right when you unbox the phone in a dust free environment

I had it in my left trouser pocket until it started to reset itself (!). It looked slightly warped... So I now carry it in the right pocket. No more shutdowns.
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Yeah I think people are abandoning CL since it doesn't have a phone app. Offer Up will probably be the dominant sales platform going forward. T minus 2 years until they start charging listing fees (my guess). They've got to kill their competition first.
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I bought a Samsung Galaxy S6 from Back Market sixteen months ago for $160. I have had issues with the virtual keyboard disappearing repeatedly. When I use my bluetooth keyboard I have letters disappear, but it is still faster than Swype would be if everything worked right.

The battery seems to be dying already. My sister got married on Saturday and my phone was mostly dead from using GPS just driving Mom around.

I really should have brought my charging cable, shouldn't I?

I was finally able to get my hair cut and beard trimmed, but my family may be angry at me forever because I missed my sister's wedding.

I would have been back a little earlier, possibly before the ceremony was over, but I needed to stop at the hotel for my cable.

I definitely needed to bring the cable with me in the first place.

The hotel is on the way, but how long did it take to get off the freeway, turn right into the parking lot, park, run up, get my cable, run back down, leave the parking lot, make a left turn with traffic, cross the freeway, and then make a left turn?

My family wasn't friendly when I arrived, so I said that I was leaving. Mom said "Not in my car!"

"Fine! I am walking!"

Well, I walked four miles, and then got an Uber. I could have walked the last three, but it would have been a struggle, and I did not want to deal with being far sorer.

Sorer is a word?!

When I got back to the hotel my phone was dying again.

I gave up on battery cases. The batteries were great, but the phone was smooth plastic, and slipped out of my hand, so I bought the only Otterbox that I could still find.

It has not slipped once, but the battery keeps dying.

I carry the battery packs when I remember, but I have only used it once or twice. I like my S6, but it doesn't make sense to continue buying nice phones with problematic batteries.

When I originally posted this the Moto G6 was the latest, but the Galaxy S6 still had a significantly faster processor. There is now a Moto G8, but it is unavailable for Verizon, the only network that works up here. I cannot find that rugged Samsung with the removable battery, and I already feel that I spent too much time looking.

I need to get to work.

Back Market now has a mint (the highest classification) S6 for $72 with a 12-month warranty. I plan on buying one today, but I really need to get back to work.

If there are any annoying issues like with the virtual keyboard disappearing I am sending it back.
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The back market sounds like the place I should have shopped when I slipped my L5-S1 and lived on the floor for 2 months.
I see what you did there.

In other news; more cell phone, more problems.
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