Over the past decades, consumer electronics have become fundamental both in our personal and professional lives. However, not everyone can afford brand new devices or consumers simply prefer not to spend remarkable amounts of money on such devices. In those cases, lower-cost alternatives are available, like second-hand and refurbished products, which contribute to the reduction of electronic waste and the sustainability of the tech industry. Particularly, second-hand devices are products that were bought and resold, while refurbished goods, also known as reconditioned or manufactured goods, are products that were bought and returned to the retailer, who may adjust or fix them before selling them again. The electronics recycling market is forecast to grow in the coming years, reaching a size of roughly 66 billion U.S. dollars by 2026.
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