The ultimate “marketplace for gently used mobile tech” wants to offer you some peace of mind this holiday season… and well beyond. If you decide to skip the free new high-end phone Black Friday frenzy (with strings attached) from so many carriers and retailers, or perhaps snub the year’s biggest shopping days altogether, there’s now one extra reason to go the pre-owned route.
Not only is rising e-commerce star Swappa way more focused on combating fraudulent transactions than industry veterans eBay or Craigslist, but buyers of used gear through this particular website can sign up to simple, straightforward and fairly exhaustive phone protection plans starting at just $50.
WarrantyLife will cover anything from screen repairs to water damage, power surge protection and even mechanical failure after 90 days for a full year, with a reasonable $50 deductible. Swappa’s top protection plan costs $70 for up to $1000 value, $60 for up to $500, while 50 bucks merely gets you up to $300 coverage.
You have to take into account however that an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is as cheap as $395 on Swappa, and a standard Galaxy S6 sets you back $220 and up, so the lower two tiers of the extended warranty program should do in nine cases out of ten. Just don’t forget to check the right box when purchasing your “gently used” device, as that’s the lone chance you’ll get to score protection.