Most of you probably buy your brand new mobile phones in the mall or physical store because it's safer and you are assured that you are purchasing an authentic version of the phone you want to buy.
Meanwhile, I, on the other hand, prefer to purchase second-hand mobile phones for a very obvious reason, and that is to save myself some money because second-hand mobile phones are actually sold at a cheaper price compared to when you buy them in the mall or store.
I was around 16 years old when I first purchased a second-hand phone, and that was Samsung Galaxy J5 2016. During that time, a brand-new one can be bought in the mall or store at approximately 11,990 pesos ($230). It was my dream phone but because I was just a poor gal, I opted to look for ways where I could buy it at a cheaper price. So I searched it up on Facebook and looked if there were second-hand units that are up for sale. And I found one that was being sold at around 7,000 pesos ($134) and I thought I could save a pretty amount if I buy it. So I meet up with the seller and bought the mobile phone. I used it for almost 2 years and the phone is still functional today, so it's been serving its purpose for 6 years now.
Then before I graduated from Senior High School last March 2018, I decided to upgrade my phone and buy Oppo F5 since Oppo phones were really popular at that time. I told myself that I need a better phone with better specifications for me to use in college. The Oppo F5 was sold at an official price of around 15,990 pesos ($305) and because I'm really just a poor girl, I looked it up on Facebook again to see some second-hand units, and I found one that is up for sale for only 11,300 pesos ($216), which was just as good as the brand new one. So I bought it and it's still functional today but I'm not using it anymore so I'm planning to sell it too.
And when I was in my second year in college around July 2019, I wanted to buy a backup phone for me to use on my travel to Sagada and because I'm really quite frugal, I decided to buy a discounted brand new phone from an online seller instead of buying it directly from the mall to save money again. So instead of buying it at an official price of 6,990 pesos ($134), I only bought it for 6,500 pesos ($124), so I saved around 500 pesos ($10) for this purchase. The mobile phone is still functional but I lent it to my friend when her phone was defective. And after months that she uses it, I decided to just sell it to her but up until now, it's still not yet fully paid so I guess I'll just forget about it. Lols!
And the last second-hand mobile phone that I bought almost 2 years ago, around July 2020, is the phone that I'm currently using, which is the Oppo A9 2020. I wanted to buy this phone because of its specification and it was good to use for my online classes. The original price of it for a brand new unit is about 15,990 pesos ($305) and had a price drop after a couple of months that became 13,990 pesos ($267). Meanwhile, I bought mine for only 9,000 pesos ($172) as it was on a rush sale. I even wanted to ask for a discount but the seller refused so I just bought it right away. It's still working perfectly fine and not lagging even after almost 2 years of using it already.
As you can see, I really was able to save a decent amount of money whenever I bought a second-hand mobile phone. I didn't have any problem at all with the phones I bought as they were all in good condition and work just like a brand new one. I prefer to buy second-hand phones because it's cheaper and I don't really like buying a product at a high price when I know that there is an option where I could buy it at an economical price and it functions just the same.
Plus, I put in mind that whenever I'm buying second-hand phones, it's as if I'm also helping the seller, especially if they really need money instantly.
While buying second-hand mobile phones has its own risks as there are times when the seller would trick the buyer, I guess the buyer still has an upper hand as you get to check the phone before you give the payment. Well, being broke and frugal that I am, I really prefer to buy second-hand mobile phones.
Cheers to being frugal in buying a phone!