Why do people buy brand new stuff, when they can buy an iPhone refurbished? That’s a lament often heard from consumers who have already gone through standing in line to acquire the latest and most high smart phone device, then regretting the expenditure in the months following the purchase.
An obvious consequence of buyer’s remorse, for many in this situation, is to look at buying a cheaper alternative brand in the next phone, or getting a better deal on the next generation of iPhone they get. It means they have passed the vanity phase of “got to have it right off the production line” and want same quality, but without the price tag.
This is especially true with the iPhone 5, and many people following the device wars are already invested in Apple products, but no longer necessarily accept the hype about the need to buy the brand-new version of the next iteration of brand. These are prime candidates for picking up an iPhone refurbished.
After all, if you have already got a previously released iPhone, you may not exactly be in a hurry to get the latest generation right away. Yet by the time to want to get one, a refurbished model may already be available, upgraded with the latest features that the brand-new version did not have, in addition to the fact that the model may not have been previously used.
An iPhone refurbished simply means the product may have been damaged while being shipped, was returned due to it being the wrong color, or had minor exterior damage happened during its manufacture. The buyer or Apple dealer returns it to the factory, and lets them worry about getting it right the second time around. The happy outcome for many Apple consumers who choose to wait, are comparatively lower prices, or getting the same generation phone at what amounts to a sale price. [Read Also: How iPhone Refurbished Deals Help Consumers ]
Use of an iPhone refurbished product is also less likely to result in product malfunctions or defects, since the nature of refurbishing process means the unit was looked at twice or they got to the end user’s hands. The fact is, the quality assurance factors ensure the device receives an upgrade that puts it at the same or higher level of quality as items sold new.
All this means the refurbished model should be overall a better phone than a new one, or at worst just as good. This makes waiting a bit longer before taking the plunge into a new Apple worth it, for those guarding their smart phone budget.