Why you should buy only Grade A Refurbished?
At Max’s Deals, we only sell brand new phones or refurbished that are classified as Grade A. Not only do we make sure that the item looks as new as possible, but we also test every single phone before we advertise it for sale. We guarantee that all our Grade A refurbished phones will work as new. Unfortunately, most sellers will avoid even advertising the Grade of the mobile phone because their phones are usually Grade B at best, or sometimes even a Grade C. If you’re lucky, the small print will give clues as to the actual grading, but this isn’t generally the case. You will often see the phrase “factory refurbished”, but without a Grade specification. Although the phone is likely to have been tested and faulty batteries or other parts changed, it will usually be only the barest of checks that are done in order to move it on quickly. At Max’s Deals, all our refurbished products are fully checked by qualified technicians, making sure that the item performs absolutely as new.
Avoid generic and ambiguous terms
When buying anything other than a new phone, words used to describe it will be things like “second hand”, “used”, “pre-owned” and a host of other terms. However, although they all mean essentially the same thing, and bargains can always be found if you look hard enough, there’s more to buying a second hand mobile phone than the price. When you buy privately from auction sites or classified ads, the risk is almost entirely yours. As long as the seller describes the item accurately, the chances of getting your money back when it breaks a week later are almost nil. This is where refurbished phones from reputable sellers become worth every penny. At Max’s Deals, we believe our refurbished phones are the cheapest you’ll find anywhere, often beating the price for the same phone but at a lower grade elsewhere. When any electrical item is refurbished, it will end up classified as Grade A, B or C. Grade A phones are considered to look and perform as new or as close as it’s possible to be. Grade B will show more obvious signs of wear and tear or chips, scratches etc., and Grade C will usually leave no doubt as to the fact that the item is not new. However, not all sellers will tell you the grade, especially if the condition isn’t particularly good, and website images rarely tell the full story.
Why you should avoid Grade B phones?
If a refurbished phone is classified as Grade B due to cosmetic reasons, then questions need to be asked as to what it has been through to only reach Grade B quality. If there are significant chips or scratches, it’s likely the phone has been treated with less than loving care. Each jolt from dropping or other mis-treatment is likely not to just cause cosmetic damage, but also damage to the inner electronics of the phone itself. These problems may not be immediately obvious, but any phone will only stand so much abuse before it starts to manifest the cumulative damage with reduced functionality or other faults. However careful you are, that single time you drop your bargain Grade B phone may be the one that tips it over the edge, and your bargain smartphone immediately becomes an expensive paperweight. That’s not to say that some Grade B phones aren’t real gems, but the lucky dip approach is one we wouldn’t be comfortable with when buying for ourselves, so we wouldn’t expect you to be comfortable with it either. We remove the luck from the dip as much as is practically possible by only ever selling Grade A refurbished phones, and make no apology for that. When buying fruit, it makes sense to avoid the apples with all the bruises. When buying a phone, it makes sense to do exactly the same.
Demystifying the Grades
Grade A – Near mint condition. Usually with little or no scuffs and minor marks. Each Grade A device is tested to be in perfect working condition by a professional prior to dispatch. All of Max’s deals phones fall within this category. Grade B – Used condition. These phones will show slight signs of use on the rear casing, charging socket or bezel, but will otherwise be in very condition. The front glass screen will have no damage. Grade C – Used condition. The front glass will be in moderate condition, but will have no cracks. Any cosmetic scratches or damage will in no way effect the operation and functionality of the phone.
To view our full line of Grade A refurbished iPhones, click here.
A classic Android device and what one of the most popular devices currently on the market. This HTC one is still a big hit. Grade A Refurbished and unlocked.