(StatePoint) Holiday spending is expected to rise this year over last, according to the National Retail Federation. While you may be budgeting for a more expensive season in some ways, keep in mind that when upgrading mobile devices for yourself or loved ones, you don’t necessarily need to go brand new and pay a premium.
Lingering misconceptions persist that refurbished devices were necessarily broken or had problems. However, many such mobile phones, tablets and accessories that come from trade-in and upgrade programs were perfectly good devices that owners sent in for newer models.
Luckily, for bargain hunters, such trade-ins and sales are becoming more popular, making it easier to navigate the market for a previously owned device.
Just be sure you stick to reputable sources where you can trust the device to be in fully functional condition. For example, those from MyWit on eBay undergo an extensive 65-point inspection of cosmetic, functional and radio frequency (RF) performance to ensure 100 percent functionality. Tests verify that every function that a customer can use (camera, audio, SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.) is in excellent working order and RF tests ensure wireless devices deliver a consistent quality of connection and do not drop available signals.
“These days, refurbished devices can provide an affordable, high-quality alternative to a new device,” says David Conti, director of eCommerce at MyWit. “It’s also a thoughtful option for the eco-conscious, extending the life of devices and reducing electronic waste.”
This holiday season, stretch your holiday budget without sacrificing on quality. Consider a great cost-saving secret on mobile upgrades, replacements, and tech gifts.
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