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To buy...or not to buy...that is the question

My younger sister recently lost a very prized possession of hers... her brand new Rhyme cell phone got stolen from a pizza place where she had been busy taking photographs of our family.

Everyone had been looking at the pics she had taken from her cell phone camera and the phone was being passed from one hand to the other. Maybe someone put it down on a table and it got whisked away by a waiter or sweeper...anyway though an alarm was raised quickly, the phone seemed to have disappeared into thin air leaving my sister rather devastated.

Now she is considering to replace her phone and is looking for used ones because she feels she cannot afford to buy a brand new one. A new will cost around $450- $750 while she has something around $250 in her mind.

I have been advising her to wait and save or borrow till she can buy a new one because I personally do not like to buy used stuff. It just does not have the same feeling of ownership and you never know where it had been used and how.

But she thinks it is okay if she researches carefully and buys a used phone.. She is very partial to HTC and does not want to buy a cheaper . I feel that buying an old, used phone is not such a good idea,

What do you think? It would very ironic if the sells the phone on some site like OLX and my sister buys it all over again...

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MegL wrote on May 6, 2015, 12:51 PM

I hope she had it all password protected. I go with your sister. Used is OK. My tablet was bought off ebay as a used item. My mobile phone is a cast off from my son and the SIM card a cast off from my daughter. A lot of the furniture in this house is also second hand. So many people throw things out that have plenty of life left in them, I am happy to give them a home and save my money for something I really want that can't be bought second hand.

melody23 wrote on May 6, 2015, 2:28 PM

Can she get a factory reconditioned one? If you were here in the UK I could tell you about a few sites and even some phone shops that do them. I had a factory reconditioned phone once as a replacement for a faulty one I had out on contract and you could honestly not have noticed the difference between it and a new one. They sell at a much lower price than new but are, as the name suggests, completely reset and refurbished by the factory that makes them and usually have a similar guarantee etc as new.

bestwriter wrote on May 6, 2015, 8:22 PM

Is there no way to locate her phone. With so many sleuths around and methods too, it should not be difficult.

luisga814 wrote on May 6, 2015, 11:25 PM

Wow, that is not good in your part. Anyway hoping so that her cellphone had a password in order not be accessible by someone else. Good morning Dawnwriter .

UmiNoor wrote on May 7, 2015, 2:14 AM

That would have been ironic if your sister bought back the cellphone that was stolen from her. Reminds me of when my daughter had her cellphone stolen and then saw her phone at a cellphone shop. She knew it was hers because she did something to the cellphone that made it uniquely hers. I don't think it's a good idea to buy a second hand cellphone; a factory refurbished one is different. I would suggest that your sister look for a refurbished set from the manufacturer. It's cheaper than a brand new one and there would be a warranty period for such a set.