33% of Americans Would Buy a Refurbished Smartphone (but not for environmental reasons)

A new survey by Sellcell, a site for selling phones online, says Americans would buy a refurbished smartphone — but not necessarily for environmental reasons. Based on responses from 10,057 U.S. adults, the study showed:

  • 66.7% of respondents would not consider buying a refurbished smartphone, while a massive 33.3% of respondents said they would.
  • 23.7% only buy new smartphones, 21.6% are concerned about quality or reliability, and 21.4% wouldn’t consider a refurbished handset because they aren’t motivated by environmental issues.
  • 13.6% will buy refurbished smartphones if the quality is good, 12.7% will buy to save money, only 3.6% will buy to help the environment, and 3.4% will buy it as a secondary smartphone or for a child.
  • More women than men will only buy new phones (12.1% vs. 11.5%). However, more men will buy refurbished if the quality is good or if it saves them money (7.2% and 6.8%, respectively).
  • Apple devices account for 14 of the 20 most purchased refurbished smartphones, with the iPhone XR the most purchased, taking a 9.9% of the Top 20 Refurbished Phones sold.

Alongside its Phone Trade-in Comparison, SellCell offers a Refurbished Phone Comparison that’s designed to help users get the best price for refurbished tech.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.