Communication: Without it our already busy & hectic lifestyles would be nearly impossible. It’s hard to imagine life without our computers, cell phones, and other gadgets that we rely on every day. However, keeping ‘up to date’ with the best & top of the line products is tough and fairly expensive. Electronics are something that we cannot function normally without but there’s a better option that just makes more sense for the frugal parent: refurbished electronics.
As your kids grow and develop social lives of their own, it’s important to stay in touch — but let’s face it — you and your kids don’t need a brand new iPhone or HTC smartphone to do so. GPS, cameras, internet, Facebook, and games are all nice features but they aren’t completely necessary to stay in tune with your family. A phone that can text and make phone call is all you need for your family living on a budget.
Most businesses are already doing this but not calling it ‘refurbished’
Although some consumers have issues with purchasing a product that isn’t brand new, it’s an easy solution if you have a tight budget. While we won’t list any names here – most consumers aren’t aware that the ‘new’ phone they just purchased is in fact not ‘new’. This happens since companies that have return policies (usually for the initial month) will lose tons of money if they don’t re-sell their ‘already purchased’ phones. Actually calling an electronic refurbished is just the correct way of doing it.
How much could I save?
On average, a refurbished cell phone will save you roughly 25% instead of buying the same phone as actually brand new (via TheBlueDot). This is just the average too. Our prices are much, much lower than that. For example, our 16 GB Apple iPhone 3GS, you’re saving 47% off the manufacturer’s recommended price (MRP).
You’d be helping out the environment
When one of your cell phones has passed on, what did you do to dispose of it? If you’re like most Americans, the usual answer is: “I just threw it in the trash”. In fact, about 90% of Americans handle their electronics disposal in this way. By bringing your old phone or electronics to a proper disposal location, you can cut down on America’s waste. With this process, parts of the phone can be reused and the rest can be recycled properly. Check out the EPA’s website for more information on where the proper eCycling facilities are: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/donate.htm
We bet it’s even closer to you than you think!
-Team Thrifty Computer