Buying Refurbished iPhone: Top 7 Tips for Buying Used iPhones in Wholesale

Buying Refurbished iPhone
Written by Christina Jones


iPhones are the world’s most sought-after phone after their only competitor Android. iPhones are sold in millions and often come at a higher price point than similar Android phones. So each year some iPhones are always returned back either with or without their original packaging and accessories. To promote recycling Apple has urged retailers and certain organizations to repackage and sell them again with a refurbished condition certificate. This certificate tells us about the condition of the iPhone and whether or not it has its original accessories and packaging. This is the most common way a normal phone ends up with a refurbished tag. There is also another way in which this happens i.e phones returned to carriers. Most retailers and carriers have a 30-day return policy, using which a customer can return phones bought by them along with all the original accessories, but with an open box. The retailers or carriers then check them and get them certified to be sold again but with a slightly reduced price. 

Refurbished iPhones

iPhones in particular have always been supported by Apple for a much longer duration than similar Android phones. So it makes good sense to buy certified refurbished wholesale iPhone quantities and resell them at a profit. If you are buying refurbished iPhones with original certificates of authenticity then Apple will honor them as long as the software warranty is applicable. Regarding hardware failure then that is covered under the refurbished seller warranty, which is different for every seller. Also refurbishing companies while adhering to Data Protection and Compliance Act will wipe out any user data before certifying them. So when customers will be buying these iPhones from you they will be getting a completely new iPhone(for all intents and purposes).

Here are some tips to help you smartly buy certified refurbished iPhones in bulk (Wholesale):

  • IMEI: This is an extremely important point to keep in mind. Always ensure that the iPhone’s IMEI number is not reported stolen and it is free from encumbrance. Go to Apple’s website or any IMEI database website to check it. Sometimes some sellers may fraudulently supply you with a stolen iPhone, so to beware of such bad pennies, always triple check the respective phone’s IMEI number.
  • Original Bill/Invoice: Even if the phone was refurbished the seller should have had its original bill. Insist upon them to show you that. A bill or original invoice is also an alternative way to judge an item’s authenticity and originality. Also having an original bill helps establish a purchase history if due to any reason you need to claim a warranty for your iPhone.
  • Read The Seller Terms & Conditions Thoroughly: Some sellers offer you a relaxed ownership experience, while some sellers attached some hidden charges bundled within the iPhone. Like certain phone carriers bundle their own expensive telephonic plans alongside a refurbished iPhone and later recover the upfront discount offered by them by way of expensive monthly phone bills. Beware of such hidden agenda(s) and always double-check the seller’s terms before committing to buy.
  • iCloud: Many times people buy an iPhone, then set up their account, and then return it back after using it for a while. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s just that when people do that, the refurbished certification agency would have to reset the iPhone’s software. However, the phone needs the respective user’s password in order to reset so check if that is done or pending from the side of the refurbished phone seller. If you sense that the seller is not very eager or flat out refuses to reset the iPhone then there is a high possibility that it is stolen.
  • Carrier Locked: Sometimes mobile phone carriers block a user’s iPhone when they default on their payments or due to any other similar reasons. Call them up or visit their store and tell them to check the IMEI of the iPhone which you are buying for any such existing carrier lock.
  • Battery: This is an important and compulsory check which needs to be done without fail. Go to the iPhone’s settings then click on battery then click battery health. A relatively unused and newer iPhone will have 100% (the maximum) battery health, if it is anything other than that then do not buy. If you do buy then remember you will have to replace the phone’s battery at your own cost in your nearby Apple service center.

Check for physical damage:

This is the most obvious check, usually very simple to do so. Check for any fine lines or scratches on the iPhone’s surface and also check its camera lens. Sometimes some very minute fine lines occur on our phone’s screen and later they might come to our notice. If you are fine with them then see if the seller is offering you some additional discounts for these faults or not.

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