Apple is toying with selling refurbished iPhones and iPads on online auction sites, it has emerged, ahead of what could be a major change in how it clears stocks of nearly-new gadgets.
According to 9to5Mac, the tech titan is currently trialling the idea on the US version of eBay, where it is selling reconditioned devices and has concealed its presence with the none-more-generic user name ‘refurbished outlet’.
Pricing is apparently exactly in line with refurbished Apple gadgets sold through the company’s official website. Reassuringly, although not entirely surprisingly given the provenance of the products, the eBay store gets a user feedback score of 99.7 per cent.
Customers who buy via the mysterious 'refurbished outlet' can purportedly expect a full one-year warranty as well as new cables and a new box. The seller also carries out a final quality inspection and reinstalls the iOS operating system.
It’s not clear whether Apple harbours plans to open an eBay store for the UK too. But if you’ve bought a suspiciously pristine bit of reconditioned kit from eBay recently with the kind of extensive seller guarantee detailed above, be sure to let us know.
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