“We really have the impression of buying something new”: the boom in used smartphones
Posted February 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.- Updated February 26, 2019 at 3:25 p.m.
This change in consumption mode is as much due to the drop in purchasing power as to the development of the circular economy.
Foldable screen, 5G smartphone, ultra-long battery life, unlocking by facial recognition ...The high mass of telephony, the Mobile World Congress, which is being held until February 28 in Barcelona (Spain), is full of all the more spectacular innovations .
Not enough to titillate Albert Kohsok, 82 years old."At my age, I do not need to have a smartphone with the latest features, he testifies.I just want to be able to send e-mails, take photos and do research on the Internet."
To access a good product at a reasonable price, the Nice retiree has his secret boot.For the past five years, he has only bought second-hand phones known as refurbished.These are either exhibition models or 'equipment already in use which is recovered, checked and, if necessary, repaired before being resold with a discount and often a guarantee."I have never been disappointed, assures Mr.Kohsok.On major market places like Cdiscount or Back Market, the products are well packaged, all accessories are provided, it really looks like new! "
The whole industry is in line
According to estimates by Counterpoint Research, 140 million smartphones of this type were sold in 2017 worldwide, an increase of 13% in one year.The French market is following the same trend.GfK research institute, the new home market fell by 6.5% in 2018, while refurbished vehicles grew by 7% to reach 2.1 million units sold.
Posted Date: 2020-09-30