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Old 09-30-2018, 10:05 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, 10:36 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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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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