Verizon & Gazelle - Experience with Certified Used Phones

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  1. jdag macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone here have experience in purchasing certified used phones from either Verizon or Gazelle? I am looking to get 5 iPhones, likely the iPhone 5 version, for some family members. I'd like to hear any pros/cons.

    I know I could find used on CL, Swappa, or eBay, but I would really prefer to simplify with 1 transaction and have the peace of mind that I am getting quality phones.
     
  2. jvette macrumors 6502

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    It's crazy what both of those sell used phones for. Have you looked at the 5s on the Apple site. I know you can get the 16gb for $99 with a contract but I don't know what they cost off contract. Could be a better option.
     
  3. jdag thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am not sure they are "crazy" expensive, especially the iPhone 5. From what I am seeing on CL, eBay, and Swappa, they are comparable. And I'd have the assurance of buying from a reputable source with at least a short warranty/return period, and getting all of them at the same time. Could I search and buy for less, sure. But I am more interested at this point in the viability of Gazelle and Verizon as sources.

    The iPhone 5 is approximately $280-$320 (depending on storage) and the 5s is about $420-$440. The 5s is approaching full cost of a new unit, so I would likely just go new or go 1 step further and get new 6s (but now I am at about $3,000!).

    I am most likely going with the iPhone 5. Again since I have to buy 5 of them, the extra $120-$160/ea is a big premium overall.

    Also, buying subsidized is not an option. I want to buy phones outright, be it an iPhone or some other smartphone. Verizon is now offering a great new option for bringing your own phones (just kicked off last week I believe). They used to give you a $10 discount when adding a line to a shared plan (was $40 - $10, net of $30). Now, they are giving $25 credit, so the net of each new phone is just $15. This is allowing me to move 5 family members from their current plan over to my shared plan. They will spend the exact same amount monthly as they currently spend for dumb phones, and I will save about $20/mo on my plan and increase the data pool, so everyone is happy.
     
  4. dingster1 macrumors regular

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    I buy all my used phones from Gazelle. Never had any issues.
     
  5. jdag thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the feedback. I also just did a chat with Verizon...they offer a 1 year warranty on their used phones. I think either would be very safe bets.
     
  6. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

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    A one year warranty on a used phone is a good deal.
     
  7. jdag thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I actually find it hard to believe to be honest. I may do another chat with a rep (and save it) as I did not save the last chat.
     
  8. jdag thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did confirm...the Verizon certified pre-owned come with a 1 year warranty. Pretty darned strong.
     

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