Buying a phone already involves tons of choices: Apple vs. Samsung, black vs. white, 16GB vs. 32GB. But there is another category you might also want to consider: second hand. Phones are mostly used for communication or taking pictures and older generations of smartphones have enough qualities at a much more affordable price.
Most people buy used phones to replace broken devices or upgrade to newer models. But a good chunk of consumers are purchasing used phones to save money in other ways.
According to Gazelle, 17% of the site’s used phone buyers this year purchased devices for their children, who might not need the latest and greatest devices. If your kids only need a phone for emergencies, for instance, it could be far cheaper to get them a used phone on a month-to-month plan rather than a shiny new device on an expensive two-year contract.