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What does refurbished means for the environment?
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The environmental impact of refurbished tech

Published Jan 25, 2023

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Impact Champions: Companies from the Social and Solidarity Economy
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Impact Champions: Companies from the Social and Solidarity Economy

Back Market works with social and solidarity-based companies, recognized for their positive impact on society and for their key role in the integration of people with disabilities or in precarious situations.

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Why buying refurb electronics makes more sense on Back Market
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Back Market: A friend with serious benefits

Back Market is the world's leading refurbished electronics marketplace. Yes, it's legit. But apart from being a solid company that isn't trying to scam you, there's a lot more to know about Back Market.

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Back Market - Phoebus Cartel
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The Horrifying Secret of the Phoebus Cartel

The tale begins in 1904, in the firestation of Livermore, Ohio. It is a bright and hopeful beginning. An electrician is in the process of fitting what will become known as the “centennial bulb” - a light bulb that would continue to burn even a hundred years after. The bulb, invented by Adolphe Chaillet and manufactured by the Shelby Electric Company, still shines even today. That light pointed to a bright future, but that future would dim just 20 years later.

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Back Market gets B Corp status
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We’re officially a B Corp

Back Market has received B Corp status, joining companies like Patagonia as a certified "Benefit Company." Learn what this means for Back Market, and for you, as a customer of Back Market.

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The best value for your money, or your money back
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The best value for your money, or your money back

Just another reason why electronics deals are always better with us

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Back Market has prevented 1 million tons of carbon
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We’ve prevented 1 million tons of carbon emissions

Published Mar 30, 2023 - Does choosing Back Market really prevent environmental damage? It definitely does, all thanks to purchases made by you. We've just hit 1 million tons of prevented CO2e.

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Back Market’s Quality Assurance Fee — the price of quality
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Back Market’s Quality Assurance Fee — the price of quality

This fee is invested in Back Market's industry-leading quality assurance controls, so we can offer you the best experience possible when buying renewed.

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New vs. Refurbished: The Environmental Impact of the Tech Industry.
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New vs. Refurbished: The Environmental Impact of the Tech Industry.

The production and end-of-life disposal of our smartphones, computers and other modern tech have a dramatic impact on the environment, which can often be overlooked when compared to other environmental issues. Half of the carbon emissions from the digital sector (making up 4% of global emissions) come from the production of devices like these, and buying them refurbished, while not a perfect solution, can help to significantly limit their environmental impact. We’d like to tell you a little more about that.

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Fairphone: Bang or Bust?
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Fairphone: Bang or Bust?

Just a few things you should know before buying a Fairphone

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How Trade-in helps the planet — and your wallet
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How Trade-in helps the planet — and your wallet

Published Oct 5, 2023 - Our trade in program is an easy, contract-free way to make cash, help the planet, and clear out your old tech.

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Is Back Market legit?
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Is Back Market legit?

Updated Mar 16, 2023 - Wondering if Back Market is legit? Check out what others are saying about Back Market. Read these real reviews from customers and independent review sites.

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Refurbished vs Used and Pre-Owned: What’s the Difference?
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What is the difference between refurbished and used electronics?

Published Jan 23, 2023 - It can be easy to get refurbished and used electronics confused. But there’s a big difference — we break it down, below.

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Let's make Right to Repair happen in America.
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Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile. Stand your ground and fight for Fair Repair.

Unless you act fast your ownership rights over your devices may soon be limited. Big tech companies are currently lobbying to restrict your ability to repair or modify electronic equipment—including things like your tablets, smartphones, laptops and more.

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A Valentine's Day Non-Gift
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A Labor of Love

...and a whole lot of nothing. Oops, sweet nothings. To show you in some small way that we care, because we totally do.

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No independence without independent repair
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No independence without independent repair

Introducing the unsung heroes of the circular economy: our refurbishers.

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What’s the difference between a locked and unlocked phone?
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What’s the difference between a locked and unlocked phone?

Published May 9, 2023 - What’s the difference between a locked and unlocked phone? We break it down to help you find the right phone for you.

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Philanthropy: How We Give Back
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Philanthropy at Back Market

Published January 13, 2023 - How Back Market gives back

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