Avoiding the pitfalls of buying second hand

LAST UPDATED: 23 Dec, 2015 @ 21:45

IF you’ve left it late to buy Christmas or Reyes presents, you may have thought like many others, about turning away from the traditional market and buying second hand.

Click for larger image
Click graphic for larger image

A total of 81% of Spanish residents used the second-hand market last year, saving on average €205 on each purchase, according to Spanish website segundamano.es.

Michael Battle, owner of Malaga-based RestoreElectronica.com, which sells pre-owned mobile phones and tablets says second-hand shopping is great, so long as you know about potential fraudsters.

“Buying second-hand from independent sellers is risky,” Michael told the Olive Press. “Try to purchase from a company which offers good post-sales service, is easily contactable, has good reviews and above all offers a legal guarantee.

“Despite the big savings on offer, there can be pitfalls to second-hand shopping.

“Be sure to read the product description right so you know the condition of the product you’re buying. If prices seem extremely low, be suspicious – also beware of fakes.”

He added: “If you go to the Apple store you’ll be asked to pay at least €509 for a 5S and €749 for the new 6S.

“Many people can’t or won’t pay this. We sell the 5S at €349 and if all you want is an iPhone the iPhone 4 is as low as €95.”

Gib Rocks - the magazine for Gibraltar

Subscribe: Olive Press news to your inbox