NEW YORK – Dec 4, 2020 – With people looking for extra savings this holiday season, Back Market, the world’s leading marketplace for professionally refurbished electronics products, is making it easy for shoppers to confidently purchase renewed electronics as holiday gifts for less money and less impact on the planet. The Back Market 2020 holiday gift guide includes products that function just like new but at discounts of up to 70%.
All products on Back Market have been tested and repaired by professional refurbishers, who have passed the Back Market quality program, which includes a 25-point quality check, 30-day money-back guarantee and one-year warranty on every product.
Further boosting confidence around purchasing refurbished electronics, consumer advocacy group, U.S. PIRG, has just released its “Fixed for the Holidays” guide to buying refurbished electronic gifts. The guide provides objective tips and advice on how to shop for refurbished and includes Back Market as a good source for high-quality renewed electronics that last.
“New electronics are resource-intensive to make and expensive to buy. You can get great discounts on electronics, which is especially important during a tight economy,” said Nathan Proctor, U.S. PIRG's Right to Repair campaign director and co-author of the guide. “This guide will help consumers make educated decisions about how to find durable, like-new devices that will help them stay connected.”
The U.S. PIRG Right to Repair campaign strives to keep products in use, push manufacturers to lower barriers to repair and give consumers and third parties access to the materials necessary to fix our electronics.
“The value of refurbished electronics is really starting to shine through for a lot of people as the pandemic stretches holiday budgets and puts new electronics in short supply,” said Serge Verdoux, Managing Director of Back Market. “Refurbished electronics are a great way to get more for less: less money and less impact on the planet. The rapid pace at which we make, use and toss electronics puts a lot of pressure on the environment, but buying used and using products for longer can make a positive impact.”
Refurbished electronics offer a better way to buy electronics - both for personal use and as a holiday gift. Back Market offers shoppers a smarter way to purchase crowd-pleasing electronics. With its minimum one-year warranty, 30-day money-back guarantees, and transparent seller ratings, Back Market is making buying refurbished electronics an attractive alternative to buying new and offering real savings to consumers and the environment.
Electronic waste is the fastest growing part of our waste stream, and the most toxic. Most of the environmental damage from our electronics comes from the manufacturing process.
Manufacturing a new smartphone, for example, produces around 56kg (123 lbs) of carbon emissions. Renewing a smartphone only produces 11kg (24lbs) while doubling or even tripling the life of the original device. The Back Market model keeps electronics in circulation longer. Since 2019, shoppers on Back Market have kept 450 tons of electronics out of landfills and saved the 47,088 tons in carbon emission - the equivalent of 37,118 trans-atlantic flights between Paris and New York.
Since it was founded in 2014, Back Market has been fighting against planned obsolescence and advocating for change in the way people purchase, use and discard their electronics by establishing renewed devices as legitimate and mainstream alternatives to always buying new electronics. This year more than ever, refurbished electronics offer good value and an eco-conscious way to enjoy the electronics we love.
About Back Market
Launched in 2014 by Thibaud Hug de Larauze, Quentin Le Brouster, and Vianney Vaute, Back Market is the first marketplace focused on bringing thousands of refurbished electronic devices and appliances from certified professional sellers to consumers. The company currently operates in 10 countries (the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands and Finland). It employs a team of about 389 employees across its 3 offices, located in Paris, Bordeaux, and New York.