The Top 10 Budget-Friendly Tech Buys on eBay

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A passion for technology doesn’t always require access to a big budget. If you have a little patience and an open mind, when it comes to refurbished gadgets and older-generation models, there’s some serious money to be saved... 
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1. eBay’s Trending Deals

If you’re looking for tech bargains, the first place to start is eBay’s Trending Deals page. It’s full of the latest budget-friendly buy-it-now offerings, each of which will tell you how much you’re saving. You’ll find everything from laptops and monitors to smartphones and Bluetooth headsets.
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2. Retro Games Consoles

While PS4 and Xbox One games may deliver incredibly life-like action and complex button combos, there are times when you just want to run, jump and enjoy the classics of yesteryear.

You can get great deals on old Nintendo consoles, such as the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy, or SEGA machines such as the Master System and Mega Drive.

Many come armed with the original accessories and classic games, but be sure to check the guarantee and return policies before buying.
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3. Refurbished Smartphones

Opting for a refurbished smartphone could save you up to 32% off the price of buying new. Refurbished gadgets are those that have been returned to the manufacturer, checked, tested and given a clean bill of health before being resold and, in many cases, they're as good as new. When you buy a refurbished product on eBay, you'll get a 12-month warranty, meaning peace of mind is guaranteed.

And it's not just phones where you can save either: Refurbished TVs, games consoles, computers, laptops and electrical appliances can all be found up to 50% cheaper than new. Visit eBay's refurbished technology hub to find great deals.
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4. Smartphone Cases and Screen Protectors

If you’ve splurged hundreds on a smartphone, the last thing you want to do is shell out £30 for a phone case and another £20 for a screen protector. eBay has a huge array of affordable cases, with many more designs than you’ll find on the high street – alongside loads of wallet-friendly screen protectors to boot.
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5. Used Video Games

If you go to your local video game store, there are usually a boatload of used titles available at discounted prices. However, savings on pre-owned video games can be minimal, especially when you're looking at hit titles like Uncharted 4 and Blizzard's Overwatch. eBay cuts out the game stores – who buy low and sell high – enabling you to purchase titles directly from fellow button mashers, meaning you'll often score a much bigger discount.
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6. New Smartphone Screens

It's happened to us all: one careless moment, and your smartphone's screen resembles a costly, hi-tech jigsaw. Replacing cracked displays has become a billion-dollar industry and could see you handing over upwards of £100 to remedy. Thankfully, for the budget-conscious smartphone fan, there is a DIY solution.

Screen replacement kits are widely available and often ship with the tools you’ll need to complete the task. If you're feeling a tad unsure,  YouTube offers countless video tutorials and easy-to-follow guides to help you save a few quid.
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7. Xbox Live Gold Memberships

If you want to do battle online on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One, you need an Xbox Live Gold membership. Subscriptions last up to 12 months and cost roughly the same as a brand new game. However, there are savings to be had.

eBay’s Tech Trending page often features deals offering 33% off, while independent sellers – who may have received them as unwanted gifts, or in console bundles – also offer them at a discount. 
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8. Cables and Memory Cards

Pop into your local electronics store and you’ll find plenty of audio cables, HDMI cables, USB cables, USB hubs, speaker wires, microSD cards, SD cards, the works. However, you’ll often pay an unnecessarily high tariff for these essentials we generally only buy when existing ones bite the bullet.

eBay is awash with great deals on cables, as well as harder-to-find adapters such as  HDMI to DVI that allow you to plug newer tech (such as consoles and media players) into older monitors. 
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9. Televisions

A new gogglebox can be one of the most expensive tech purchases you'll ever make. However, great TV deals from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Vizio, Sharp and Sony often appear in eBay’s Tech Trending section. You can also save up to 21% off the price of buying new by plumping for a refurbished television.
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10. Printing supplies

Is there a more painful tech purchase than printer ink? Not in our minds. New cartridges are expensive, a pain to install and never last as long as you would hope. Thankfully, there are a number of eBay sellers who can ease the suffering somewhat, by offering great deals on cartridges for popular HP, Canon, Brother, Samsung and Lexmark machines – and more.
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