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Want to Save Big on Electronics? 8 Ways to Stay Safe Buying Used Technology

Looking for a new cell phone, laptop or tablet? There are tonnes on Kijiji, and a secondhand model is a great way of getting the device you have been lusting after, at a budget friendly price. Staying safe is particularly important when dealing with small, high value items, so here are our tips on how to have a great transaction.

Meet face to face. Never send a seller money from your bank account before inspecting the item in person, and don’t send payment via money transfer services.

Ask for a receipt. Get the seller to sign and write his/her name and address on the back of a receipt.

Take a screenshot. Have a copy of the Kijiji ad so you have it as a reference for the transaction.

Be suspicious of a nearly-new phone being sold without packaging or accessories. If the seller can’t produce a receipt or even a charger, it could be a stolen phone. Here is how to check whether a smartphone is legal for sale.

Establish the condition of the phone. Use the phone, open a few apps, and try to find out what state the battery life is in if you can.

Don’t accept a phone laptop or device in a sealed box. As great as sealed boxes may seem, you need to be able to inspect the item. It is not hard to fake a seal on a box, so if the seller won’t allow you to take the item out of the box to test it, it could be faulty or even a fake.

Be careful of malware and viruses on a used device. If possible start with a clean slate by reinstalling the operating system or wiping the phone.

Take your time, and don’t rush into any decisions. If you see an iPhone or similar expensive device advertised at a very significant discount (even if it’s not the most recent model), then it’s probably too good to be true. Don’t pay until you have the device in your hands, and if in doubt, just walk away.

Buying and “Celling” on Kijiji: How to Check if a Phone for sale is Lost or Stolen

Buying a used phone makes a lot of sense. Much like a new car, new phones depreciate quickly. The hottest new phone can only maintain the title of “most coveted telecommunications accessory” for so long before it is displaced by one even newer and shinier – which is exactly what makes them a great buy on classifieds. Whether you are the one always in hot pursuit of the newest phone (and find yourself constantly wanting to unload the flavor of last month to finance your new toy), or you want to score a great deal on a great phone by buying gently used, connecting with another local Canadian to make your money go farther just makes sense.

Many are concerned when buying a new phone that they might not be dealing with the rightful owner – a very legitimate concern, considering no one wants to be unknowingly funding illicit activities, or end up with an unusable phone.

Buying and Celling: How to check if a used phone is safe to buy

How to Check if an iPhone is Lost or Stolen.

Look at the lock screen.
If the iPhone offered for sale has been erased remotely or put into lost mode, it should show either that or that it is lost or stolen on the lock screen. If it says that on the lock screen, this is how you can verify that the phone is being sold by the rightful owner.

Ask the seller to reset the iPhone while you watch.
They can do this by going to Settings > General > Reset >Erase All Content and Settings. The process should take a few minutes in which the apple logo and a progress bar will be on the screen. If the seller refuses to do this, do not buy the phone! Claims that the password is forgotten or they are in too much of a rush are big red flags.

After they reset, go through the phone set up with them – make sure to select, the language, location, and network. After that, it will ask you to enter your apple ID and password (hopefully), which means you are safe to buy the iphone.

If there is not a prompt for you to enter an ID and password, and instead it asks for the previous owners ID and password, or a message that says that the phone was lost and erased, something is wrong. Ask the seller to enter the credentials. If they cannot get past this screen, you know that the phone was found or stolen.

What about other smart phones? How do I know if an Android, Blackberry, or Windows Phone is stolen?

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (or CWTA) has set up a page to check whether IMEI numbers belong to cells that are available for sale before you buy. Seller doesn’t know their IMEI? It is easy to find (and replicate to verify that they gave you the right number). Open the dialler and enter *#06#, which works on most major smart phones including BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, as well as many other cell phone brands.

As the list is populated by reports from carriers after their customers report phones lost or stolen, there can be a lag of up to 48 hours before an IMEI number appears on the list. If you are replying to a newly posted ad and meeting up same day, ask the seller for some verification that they bought this phone originally (or if it is an iPhone, just follow the steps above). If they can’t demonstrate that this is their phone, set a meeting time that will give enough time between the ad being posted and the CWTA list being updated to ensure your peace of mind.

To learn more about mobile phone theft and how to protect yourself, visit the GSMA website.

On the go holiday savings with the Kijiji App!

Mall chaos used to be the biggest pain of the Holiday season. Not anymore! According to a recent survey by Kijiji, 25% of Canadians would rather spend time in a lineup or fighting for parking than be without their smartphone over the holidays. And it doesn’t stop there: 1/5th would rather put in extra hours at the office, and 15% of Canadians would rather gain 10 pounds than not have their mobile in hand. Canadians are clearly smartphone dependent during the holidays!

Not surprisingly, this same survey finds that 28% of Canadians will use their mobile device to research and build their holiday gift list, and nearly a quarter (24%) will use it to shop for the perfect gift.

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Savvy shoppers know that Kijiji is a great place to score big-ticket presents without big-ticket prices, and with the official Kijiji App (in iOS & Android) you can easily find savings anytime, anywhere! Some of the great gifts you can get through Kijiji include:

  • Smartphones themselves – There are currently more than 130,000 live smartphone ads on Kijiji, with an average price of $332. Compare that to the $400 – $900 price tag for the latest releases in store and you’ve got yourself quite a deal. There are also more than 21,400 phone accessories for sale – perfect for stuffing stockings!
  • Gaming consoles – Kids and adults alike have this tech toy on their list. There are currently more than 150,000 gaming console ads on Kijiji, including the hard-to-find Xbox One. The average price for recent console generations from Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo is $203. Compare that to brand new consolers that typically go for $400 – $500, you’re looking at potentially saving more than half price by buying gently used.
  • Children’s bikes – A holiday classic gift that is always in demand, two and three-wheelers make for a nice surprise under the tree. Bikes are an ideal, durable item to buy second-hand, and with 7,000 live kids bike ads on the site at an average price of $43, you can still give that big surprise without paying the big bill.  As parents know, new bikes can cost hundreds of dollars each.

With these kinds of savings, you’ll have money left over for plenty of eggnog and candy canes! Happy gifting!

Cell Phone Buying Guide: Cell Phone Tech Specs, Decoded!

In the first part of our cell phone buying guide, we talked about the main questions that everyone should be asking themselves in order to figure out which cell phone is best suited for them and all their different needs. Naturally, the next step would be to actually sort through some options and pick the cream of the crop based on what features you’re looking for.

The thing is, unless you’re super techy or work for a cellular company, chances are you’re not going to know a lot of the technical terms that are listed in the phone specifications. Looking at the phone’s “specs” (basically, the cut and dry numbers and figures that make each phone what it is) is a must for any phone buyer. The annoyingly complicated part is trying to understand what exactly all that technical jargon means.
Here is a handy cheat-sheet to help you decode the main components of the oh so cryptic specification details. (You can find all these specs online or at your nearby mobile carrier store- most major carriers have their own store locations that you can easily look up.) Click here to read the full article.

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Cell Phone Buying Guide Part 1

Every few months there’s a new “It” Phone out with some brand new, revolutionary feature that everyone’s buzzing about. It can be hard to look past the hype and figure out what you actually need in a phone. Here are some questions you should be asking yourself when you start to consider purchasing a smart phone.

How technologically savvy am I? (Or how technologically savvy do I want to be?)
Phones can get pretty complicated these days with all the features and customizations that they come with. You have to figure out whether you want a simple phone, or if you’re prepared to take the time to learn about, and make the most of a phone that may be a little more complicated to get the hang of. Also consider how up to date the technology of your network is; as cool as things like the beam feature on some android phones such as the Nexus 4 are, if you don’t have friends who can use it with you, it shouldn’t be much of a selling point.

How much do I want to pay?
This question is two-fold. First, you need to know how much you want to spend on the actual phone. A lot of the newer phones like the Samsung 4 or the iPhone 5 are available for a decent price on a 3 year contract, but if you’re still in the beginning or middle of an existing contract and aren’t eligible for an upgrade, those phones are expensive to buy new. Older versions of popular phones, like the iPhone 4, will obviously be cheaper, so the first step is to nail down your budget.

Also consider how much you planning on spending a month on your phone plan. Are you willing to shell out for a pricey data plan? It’s really easy to go over your data limit, so if you’re on a budget and can’t afford to splurge for a data plan, it may make more sense to go for a simpler phone. However, if you have wireless networks at home, school, or work, you can generally connect your smart phone to these to save on data. There are many great deals on “classic” phones on Kijiji, which are significantly cheaper to start off with, and are perfect if you don’t need or want to have a data plan.

What am I using this phone for?
What exactly do you want out of your phone? Some people just need their phone to make some calls and maybe send a text once in a while, while others want their phones to be an extension of a personal computer-fast, lag-free, large memory space and business-friendly. Then there are those who want their phones flashy. These people want plenty of social media features and a bright, sharp, screen resolution to see all those Instagram pictures and Facebook updates. Whatever your needs are, there is a phone out there perfect for you. Blackberry designs for the business-minded cell phone user, Apple for those who want all the latest trendy apps, the list goes on.

What is my Lifestyle?
One major drawback of modern smart phones is they tend to be delicate. If you don’t want to end up walking around with a smashed screen, these phones require a good quality case as well as care. If you want a phone you can stick in your back pocket and not worry about, a large smart phone may not be a good match.

Why do I want it?
Are you eager to keep up with the Joneses, or do you want this phone because of the features? If you are thirsty for a shiny new piece of technology, and find yourself defaulting to wanting a phone, remember, there are good other options. Tablets have much of the same functionality as a smart phone, and if you primarily want one to surf the net while at home, they may be a better choice for your applications.

As long as you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to choose a new phone that fits all your needs, financially and functionally.

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