Want to buy a refurbished Android smartphone? You can go to these parties

Refurbished iPhones are sold everywhere, but refurbished phones with Android are a lot harder to find. You can therefore go to the shops in this overview.

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Refurbished Android phone: what you need to know

Those looking for a new phone will probably come across the term ‘refurbished’. These types of telephones have been used before, returned and where necessary refurbished so that they can be sold again. Refurbished smartphones are therefore better for the environment and for your wallet.

The problem with the term refurbished is that there are multiple definitions in circulation, making comparisons difficult. At one store, for example, a refurbished phone with the condition ‘Good’ only has a few scratches, while at the next store also dents fall under this definition.

That is why Quality Mark Refurbished was launched a few years ago. This quality mark tries to bring more transparency to the refurbished market, for example by streamlining the conditions used by sellers. Unfortunately, we have so far seen that especially sellers of refurbished iPhones join the quality mark.

Anyone looking for a decent refurbished Android smartphone should therefore do some research. That is why we have listed some well-known sales points in this article, including their advantages and disadvantages. That way you know where to start your search for a refurbished Android phone.

Before we get to the list (which is in no particular order), let’s share a few more tips for buying a refurbished phone:

Here’s what you should pay attention to:

  • Check how much warranty the store gives. When a seller gives little warranty on his refurbished smartphones, this is of course a bad sign.
  • Check what the seller means by “refurbished”. One refurbished phone is not the other. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the content of the term, which is why the quality of the devices varies greatly.
  • Listen to your common sense. Is a phone actually too competitively priced? Then be very careful, because you may be buying a cat in a poke.
  • How old is the phone? Refurbished phones have been around before, so they probably aren’t the youngest anymore. It is not wise to buy a phone that came out three years or more ago. There is a good chance that this device will no longer receive Android updates.

These are the differences between refurbished Android providers

1. Refurbished.nl

  • Affiliated with Quality Mark Refurbished? New.
  • Sells: Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, Google, Asus
  • Conditions: 3 (C-grade, B-grade, A-grade)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Free shipping and returns
  • 30 days reflection period

What’s in a name? Refurbished.nl is a well-known seller of refurbished smartphones. The company mainly sells refurbished iPhones, but also a few Android phones. For example, you can buy devices from brands such as Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi.

That said: the range of refurbished Android smartphones at Refurbished.nl is limited. There are especially many dated Android devices for sale, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Google Pixel 2 (from 2014 and 2017 respectively).

Your order will be shipped for free and you can try it out for 30 days to see if you like it. Refurbished.nl also offers a three-year warranty on the telephone. That is 1 year longer than you get on completely new devices.

2. reBuy

  • Affiliated with Quality Mark Refurbished? New.
  • Sells: Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, OnePlus
  • Condition: 4 (As new, Very good, Good, Heavily used)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Climate neutral company
  • Free shipping and returns
  • 21 days to change your mind

reBuy has a fairly wide range of refurbished Android smartphones, including completely new models. Moreover, many devices are in stock, which of course prevents a lot of annoyance. It is extra nice that during your order you will see how much electronic waste you will save with this purchase.

Sustainability is important to reBuy. The originally German company is climate neutral and affiliated with ClimatePartner, a quality mark. You have 21 days to change your mind and reBuy offers a three-year warranty. You can choose from a total of four types of conditions.

3. Back Market

  • Affiliated with Quality Mark Refurbished? new
  • Sells: Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, OnePlus and more
  • Conditions: 3 (Excellent, Very good, Good)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Free shipping
  • 30 days reflection period

Back Market is a marketplace: the company links sellers and buyers. Unique to Back Market is that the company works internationally and therefore has a huge range. At the time of writing, for example, you could choose from more than 2200 refurbished Android phones that are offered from all over the world.

When buying a device, you can see who the provider is and where the company is located. For example, on Back Market you will find repair companies from Germany and France. Although devices often come from abroad, the shipping time remains relatively low. Most orders are delivered within 1 to 3 days.

Because Back Market is a marketplace and does not sell refurbished smartphones itself, the company charges transaction costs per order (of 3.99 euros). This money is used for the screening process. Before refurbishers are allowed to sell through Back Market, they are screened by the company to ensure quality.

4. Trixon

  • Affiliated with Quality Mark Refurbished? new
  • Sells: Samsung
  • Condition: 4 (As good as new, Lightly used, Visibly used, Severely used)
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Free shipping
  • Shop in Zwolle (for pick up)
  • 28 days reflection period

Trixon mainly sells refurbished iPhones, but also has a select range of refurbished Samsung devices. The Galaxy top models in particular can be found in the range of the Zwolle company. At the time of writing, you can, for example, purchase a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S20 from them, the top model from last year.

The company works with four conditions and if you order before 4 p.m., the device will be delivered the next day. The biggest drawback to Trixon is the limited range. The company only sells refurbished Samsung phones.

5. Coolmix

  • Affiliated with Quality Mark Refurbished? new
  • Sells: Samsung
  • Condition: 3 (Premium Refurbished, As good as new, Slightly used)
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Free shipping and returns
  • 14 days reflection period

Like Trixon, Coolmix mainly sells refurbished Apple devices, with an Android device in between. Coolmix’s range consists of fairly dated Samsung phones, such as the Galaxy S8 and S9. These devices appeared in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

On the plus side, Coolmix has a fast delivery service. If you order before midnight, your device will arrive the next day. The range of refurbished Android phones is quite scanty, but you can always take a look.

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