If you're like me, you see the word “used” in front of “tech” and you instantly think “junk”—outdated smartphones and virus-hobbled computers. And that’s a shame. Because used tech doesn’t have to mean bad tech. In fact, buying secondhand computers, tablets, and smartphones isn’t just an ethical move—after all, e-waste is responsible for 70% of America’s toxic waste—it’s a terrific way to score a total steal.
That used smartphone? It could be brand new yet cost 40% less because the first buyer changed his mind about the model. That refurbished iPad could be a rejected birthday gift (wrong color!) that was never even turned on. And the biggest source of secondhand stock? Trade-ins for newer models, though the current ones are working just fine. Here’s how to get yourself some great deals.