Imagine this – you open a dusty drawer and find a bunch of old, broken mobile phone(s); or that one dear piece of device you’ve been using for communication gets broken. Any of these scenarios seem familiar? The big question here is, what do you do with this piece of electronic waste? You can do one of two obvious things – repair it, or resell it.
But which option do you go for? And why do you go for it? Does it make sense to do some damage control and run the same device again? Or is it more prudent to just get rid of it, recover some of your cost, and invest it in a brand new device? Let’s analyse.
You can, of course, head down to your local repair shop. The guy there might provide a detailed diagnosis as to what exactly is wrong with your phone. He will then give a projected cost to fix the phone. This can range from a few hundred to even a few thousand rupees. Fortunately, a lot of organised mobile repair has sprung up in the country in the recent past. And the industry is doing well.
If you absolutely love your phone, this might seem like a great idea. A broken audio jack, a display that stopped working or even software problems-these might seem like minor setbacks. This depends on how attached you are to your device. You might be fiercely adamant when it comes to letting go of your favorite HTC, pretending to be oblivious to the better camera on the Pixel.
If giving up your phone sounds preposterous to you, and if you have quite a few bucks lying around, go ahead and repair your device! Assuming, of course that you have a lot of time on your hands. Depending on the problem that your phone has, it might take days or even weeks to get it up and working.
And of course, if you do not have the funds to buy your next dream phone, then repair it is.
In a nutshell, repair your phone if:
- There are emotions involved, and your phone is important to you.
- The cost of repair is on the lower end and will last until it is finally time to upgrade.
- You have the patience to wait out the repair process.
- You do not have the funds to buy a new one yet.
A quick and fail-safe option when your phone is broken is to sell that device. The money you would spend on repairing it can be used to buy a new one. Sometimes, repairing a device can cost a lot more than you expect. Why spend more money on repairing it when you can make some by selling it? Remember this- p eople will spend a good deal of money buying even used and broken phones. Not everyone has tons of cash in hand to buy new phones with amazing features. Also, not everyone wants or needs those amazing features. So that heartbreaking crack on your 5’’ screen? Well, that might seem like a minor scratch for someone looking to buy a phone for the sake of mere communication. Also, those apps that have suddenly stopped working in your phone? Many might not even notice their absence!
In a nutshell, resell your phone if:
- The damage is significant and a repair does not make sense.
- Your phone has outlived itself and it is time for an upgrade
- You can recover some of your cost by reselling it while it is still accepted.
Its your call
The decision to repair or resell your broken phone depends entirely on you and your convenience. If you have some cash to spare and time on your hands, go ahead and repair it. Keep in mind that the device is not going to be as good as new. If you can’t find it in your heart to let go of your mobile phone, this might be the best option for you. Or, you can always sell that old device and make some money off of it! Then use that money to get yourself a brand new iPhone 7 perhaps?
Or, you can always shut that dusty drawer filled with the broken junk and pretend it doesn’t exist!