23 Dec, 2015 @ 15:29
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Avoiding the pitfalls of buying second hand

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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.

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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.”

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