If you want the very best phones in the market at not the most expensive price, your best bet is to go for used phones. Where most people are slightly paranoid with using a phone that has already been used by somebody else, statistics from 2018 showed that nearly 10% of the entire phone industry constituted second-hand phones. So, a huge proportion really uses second-hand phones.
All you need to take care of while buying second-hand phones are the following few things:
1. Do Your Research
The first step in any kind of trade is always the research. So, when you do go out to buy a second-hand phone (or even a new phone) what you must absolutely know is what kind of a phone you want and what specifications you value the most. This will help you narrow down your choices. Then when you do have a final choice, make sure that you know everything about that one phone: the gaming experience, the camera, processing speed, Operating System version, price for a new phone and so on.
2. Sift the Markets
Since, the sale of second-hand phone does not come from the manufacturer, the price is not standardized. This means that ever seller will quote a separate price for the phone that they sell depending on what they feel is the right price. However, you can get an average sorted for yourself by going through different markets for second hand phones. Only once you have an idea of what prices sellers are charging for the said phone in a particular condition can you really negotiate on the price.
3. Phone Inspection
The only real way to kill the paranoia behind buying a used phone is to test the phone for any issues. For this, you will have to meet up with the seller. Before you do, just inform the seller that you will be checking the phone before you actually make the purchase. What you should really check for are the general conditions of the phone, whether the SIM and micro SD are working properly, the camera, the charging, the headset speakers and normal ones and whether the phone has any lags or not.
If you had done your research right, you will have a somewhat accurate idea of what the phone is like. If the phone does not function the way it is supposed to, you should not finalize the deal.
The very last step is negotiation. A pro tip for negotiating the price of a phone is to start at a price lower than what you are actually willing to pay and gradually bring up your offer. Use some of the issues in the phone (such as scratches on the screen, no headphones with phone, no warranty) to work in your favor and try bringing down the price.
However, make sure that you are not being unreasonable when negotiating otherwise the entire tactic will backfire. Stay respectful and the deal will work out.