Refurbished providers use different product conditions to indicate in which state a refurbished iPhone is. In this article you will find an overview of these conditions. We also provide information about guarantees and webshop hallmarks.
Compare Refurbished Conditions
Since refurbished is not a legal term, there are no conditions that a provider must meet before he can put the ‘ refurbished ‘ stamp on his products. Because of this, providers use different product conditions, also called gradations or grades , to indicate in which state an iPhone is.
The gradations indicate the state of the device: are there user tracks visible on the housing? Are there scratches on the screen? Since every provider uses different grades, as a consumer you will soon no longer see the forest through the trees.
We solved this problem within our refurbished iPhone comparator by accommodating the offer of all major refurbished providers in three grades, which we will discuss below. We also indicate what you can save about by choosing a refurbished specimen. We compare the current new price with the cheapest offer currently in the relevant condition.
1. As Good As New
With a ‘good as new’ device, it is practically indistinguishable from a new one. There may only be very bright cosmetic user tracks, of which you will hardly see anything. Scratches, dents or other damage are therefore not encountered.
Of course, the price difference between a new and refurbished iPhone is also important. To illustrate this, we have compared the current new price of a new iPhone 7 with a refurbished copy.
In the case of the iPhone 7, you save around 20 percent if you opt for a refurbished copy. This percentage is higher (or lower) for other devices, so this is an estimate. So calculate for yourself the difference between a new or refurbished version of the iPhone model you choose. In this way you can make a decision about what you pay for, but also whether the price difference is justifiable (or not).
2. Light Used
With a ‘light-used’ device, there are few to slight user tracks. You can think of small scratches and / or light impact damage, but no dents or heavier user damage.
The price difference between a new iPhone 7, and a refurbished with the condition ‘light used’ is about 23 percent . Logically, you save a bit more than with a refurbished iPhone that is as good as new, but then it is clearer that the smartphone has been used before.
3. Visibly Used
Apparently used refurbished devices are the cheapest, but contain clear user traces. The smartphone has therefore been used by someone for a while and may contain damage on the screen, or dents. You also save the most: about 30 percent compared to a new device.
Note: the prices of the device (both new and refurbished) change every day and our calculation is an estimate of what you can expect. Moreover, the price difference differs per device: on an iPhone 6S, for example, you save more when you choose refurbished than when you go for the iPhone 7.
Always Guarantee And Right To Return On Refurbished Devices
One of the advantages of refurbished is that you have a guarantee on your refurbished iPhone with all providers. The warranty on refurbished iPhones is usually between 12 and 36 months. It varies per provider and is clearly shown in our refurbished comparator.
With all providers you have the right to return the product, without stating reasons. The reflection period is at least 14 days and can be up to 40 days. With some providers, the return is free, although you have to pay the shipping costs yourself. More information about refurbished warranty and the possibility to return the product (the reflection time), you can read in our tip article about warranty on refurbished iPhones .
There Is A Jumble Of (Webshop) Quality Marks
Unfortunately, there is no independent quality mark for refurbished products, while a refurbished label is, in our opinion, desperately needed. However, almost all providers are affiliated with a web-shop quality mark. You’ve probably seen that; Thuiswinkel Waarborg, for example, is the best known.
Nevertheless, it is important to pay attention. Check the tips below, which prevents you from doing a bad buy, or ending up in another unpleasant situation.
View the customer reviews of the relevant store. These are included in our refurbished comparator under shop rating (see: star rating) of the relevant shop. Are the reviews recent and are customers satisfied;
- Before ordering, check which webshop quality marks the store is connected to. The most famous are: Thuiswinkel Waarborg, Webshop Keurmerk and Qshops. In this case, the web store promises a certain service and you can go to an independent Disputes Committee if you come into a dispute with the provider. You can read more about this on the information page of the Consumers’ Association ;
- Choose a product that is in stock and delivered quickly. In this way you minimize the risk that the provider in question will get into trouble, while you are waiting for the delivery and have already paid in advance (and therefore run risks).
In addition to the price difference, buying a refurbished device has many more advantages. You can read more about this in our article about the benefits of refurbished .
The whole month of March the theme is refurbished on iPhoned360 . Refurbished telephones are becoming increasingly popular and that is why we are handling everything you need to know this month. Besides our extensive refurbished buying guide with advice and tips, we also have a refurbished price comparison with the best deals. We also like to hear what you want to know about refurbished iPhones.