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macmahon70

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She does not want an Iphone 7 neither a Samsung or any other Android phone. Now, I am hesitating between refurbished Iphone 8 from NL-based Renewd.com who claims they use 100% original parts (but I am quite sure it is a lie that Apple does not let original parts to third party resellers/refurbishers) at a price point of 499€ or just a new Iphone 8 64 at 539€. I think 499€ for a refurbished is a steal, however that would make me save 40€. This refurbished Iphone 8 is sold directly from FNAC here in Belgium with a two years warranty.
I never bought Apple products as refurbished products. Questions:
- have you had experience with refurbished Iphones from this company?
- would you go for the brand new or refurbished?

Thanks!

Olivier
 

Falhófnir

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For the sake of 40 euros I'd just go for a new one. You'll be guaranteed to get a brand new sealed box, whereas the refurbished one probably won't have an original iPhone box, so it will be immediately obvious. I'd feel better having the first party charger straight from Apple as well. Do Apple Belgium have their own refurbished store?
 

Ifti

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I'd also go with the new one.

I actually purchased an iPhone 8 2 weeks back as my daughter wanted it for her birthday too! She's only 12, but considering she has started senior school I find it useful for her to have for emergency use, as well as tracking abilities etc.
Naturally, Ive set up family sharing for any app purchases, and have enabled ScreenTime and the 'DownTime' features for all iDevices in the household, although this may not be as useful for your 17 year old!!

I didn't go for brand new as a friend of mine was selling his mint condition iPhone 8 so I guess I just got lucky, but otherwise I would most likely have purchased new.

Trouble is, now my older daughter wants up update to her 6s...! lol
 
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macmahon70

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Oct 23, 2008
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For the sake of 40 euros I'd just go for a new one. You'll be guaranteed to get a brand new sealed box, whereas the refurbished one probably won't have an original iPhone box, so it will be immediately obvious. I'd feel better having the first party charger straight from Apple as well. Do Apple Belgium have their own refurbished store?
They do but do not sell refurbished Iphones unfortunately...
 

_Refurbished_

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Get a new one. Only time I ever had a defective iPhone when purchased, was when I purchased refurbished.
 

bobsamm

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She does not want an Iphone 7 neither a Samsung or any other Android phone. Now, I am hesitating between refurbished Iphone 8 from NL-based Renewd.com who claims they use 100% original parts (but I am quite sure it is a lie that Apple does not let original parts to third party resellers/refurbishers) at a price point of 499€ or just a new Iphone 8 64 at 539€. I think 499€ for a refurbished is a steal, however that would make me save 40€. This refurbished Iphone 8 is sold directly from FNAC here in Belgium with a two years warranty.
I never bought Apple products as refurbished products. Questions:
- have you had experience with refurbished Iphones from this company?
- would you go for the brand new or refurbished?

Thanks!

Olivier

I'd buy used if you can, I got my 17 year old daughter a 8 256gb for about half price at the time off gumtree was only few week old. She had a 5 and a SE and never damaged them, the 8 got a weight dropped on it in the gym. Now she has a new 7 with AC plus via insurance claim.
I should of got AC on the 8.
 
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oVerboost

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I just finds it insane someone paying 540 euros for a base iPhone 8 in 2019

Why? It’s still a great phone and will last for years...

I had an SE until I bought my XR, which I’ve now replaced with a new Pro model but it was still fast, responsive, reliable and very usable.

540 euros for a device that gets used daily, heavily, for a couple of years or more isn’t a big outlay.
 
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