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QOTW: Do you buy much second-hand tech?

by Parm Mann on 14 April 2017, 16:31

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Is it just me or has the cost of technology skyrocketed in recent years? When the conversation comes up with friends and everyday consumers, I'm often surprised to learn how much people are spending on modern gadgets. I enjoy playing with the latest kit - a perk of the job - but I couldn't fathom splashing hundreds of pounds on, say, a new smartphone.

On the contrary, my current smartphone was purchased second-hand on Ebay and set me back a grand total of £50. Sure, the cheap-and-cheerful handset has made me the butt of many a joke, but I still take pride in having hunted down a bargain. In a way it reminds me of the wonderful computer fair I used to attend at the local racecourse as a youngster searching for a cheap upgrade.

Do such fairs still exist, and is there enough demand for used gadgets? To find out, this week's question asks: do you buy much second-hand tech? Let us know what purchases you've made, how they've panned out, and where you tend to shop for potential savings using the comments facility below.

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Prices really have rocketed, especially over the last 12 months. I get some stuff from Gumtree which seems quite good. It's interesting you mention buying your smart phone second hand… I find there are lots of cheap phones with broken screens on Gumtree that are relatively easy to fix. You just have to be quick as they seem to go the same day if they are a real bargain.

Doesn't seem to be as good for components though as they aren't much cheaper second hand and can be dodgy :(
All the time - but only from Hexites or people I feel I can trust at OCUK. Never from eBay or Gumtree.
Yes I have done several times, recently I bought a 1TB SSD from CEX.

But I usually buy top end gear and have usually sold them on at a decent price through either Amazon or Gumtree once I have upgraded. I tend to upgrade quite often as I like to have the newest tech.
Been buying (and selling) off the OCUK Members Market for some 12 years now and never once had a problem. Like most things in life, it's just a matter of taking care and doing your homework. Though always the chance to come unstuck I suppose. Used to buy/sell on Ebay, but I've had a few problems over the years (especially as a seller) so gave up here.