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Friday, August 5, 2022

Today's Closeout: Your Source for Used Phones and Wholesale Phones

Technology advances so rapidly these days that the major cell phone manufacturers typically release new phones yearly, with hefty price tags attached. While many people depend on the features and reliability offered by Apple and Samsung phones, the costs of purchasing these phones in bulk for your organization to use or to resell is prohibitive.

Cell phone resellers and wholesale buyers need a reliable source for used phones and wholesale phones. You need accurate grading, dependable availability, and reasonable pricing. Today’s Closeout offers all that and more.

Which Wholesale Phones Can You Find at Today’s Closeout?

You can't beat Today's Closeout if you’re looking for recent phones to resell or for your organization to use. They understand your unique needs and offer products to satisfy them. They sell wholesale phones in bulk, along with the latest OEM accessories.  

Whether you’re searching for new, factory-refurbished, or used phones, you can count on Today’s Closeout to have a wide selection of wholesale phones to choose from. They sell only high-quality used phones, and they grade them accurately.

  • Refurbished phones are previously used phones that the factory restores to specified conditions. They usually include accessories, and they’re a less expensive alternative to buying new phones.
  • A-stock phones have minimal use, but they might have slight cosmetic imperfections.
  • B-stock phones have more use and more noticeable cosmetic damage.

Find great deals on the latest releases from top brands, such as Apple, Samsung, LG, Blu, and Motorola. Today’s Closeout updates its extensive inventory daily. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, reach out to see if they can get it for you. You can usually find:

  • Apple iPhone 13
  • Samsung Galaxy S22
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Apple iPhone 12
  • Samsung Galaxy S21

They usually have several options for these phones, including color, storage capacity, and variants (ie: basic, plus, pro, ultra). Check out our factory refurbished phones today and find the best deals.

Today’s Closeout sells unlocked phones you can use with the carrier of your choice, as long as they use compatible SIM or CDMA cards. Verify that the phones you select will work on your preferred carrier’s network.

Why Should Businesses Buy From Today's Closeout?

When you purchase new or used unlocked phones from Today’s Closeout, they don’t have the pre-loaded apps that most carriers include. That means you can customize your organization’s software choices and make them consistent on all your phones.

Buying in bulk at wholesale prices is cost effective. We sell only recently released phones with the best features, so you'll get some of the latest technology available at the best prices.

What Are the Most Popular Used Phones?

Today's Closeout focuses on the phones their customers want.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

  • 5G and WiFi connectivity
  • Syncs with your PC
  • S Pen included
  • Incredible cameras and photo/video quality
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options
  • 6.8” display
  • Burgundy, Graphite, Green, Phantom Black, Red, Sky Blue, or White

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • 5G and WiFi connectivity
  • Seamless syncing with iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch
  • Super-intelligent camera software
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options
  • 6.1” display
  • Extended battery life
  • Gold, Graphite, Sierra Blue, or Silver

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

  • 5G and WiFi connectivity
  • Syncs with your PC
  • High-resolution video recording
  • Fast charging and extended battery life
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and microSDXC storage
  • 6.9" display
  • Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, or Mystic White

Create a wholesale account with Today’s Closeout to discover members-only pricing.

Why Choose Today’s Closeout?

Today’s Closeout has been selling wholesale phones for over 22 years, and they have over 35,000 satisfied wholesaler and reseller clients. You’ll receive members-only pricing, which is less than wholesale. You can choose from multiple payment options and receive your order quickly.

For questions and information on how to apply for a wholesale membership, or to place an order, call us at (877) 334-1782. See why so many retailers and distributors use us as their #1 source for used phones and wholesale phones.

Why an R2 Certification is Important for a Mobile Reseller

With today's emphasis on recycling, R2 certifications are becoming increasingly important. If you are a mobile reseller, you should purchase your recycled inventory from an R2-certified wholesaler such as Today’s Wholesale Closeout.

What Is an R2 Certification?

The original R2 certification was developed by the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) technical advisory committee. It set out to establish the industry standards for reusing and recycling electronics. They evaluated different methods and practices and came up with the guidelines that work best for the environment, employees, corporations, and wholesalers.

At Today’s Closeout we are proud to sell recycled and used phones in order to help maintain a more sustainable world and to provide the best products for our customers. We stock a wide selection of used and factory refurbished phones for wholesale purposes. 

What Are the Provisions of an R2 Certification?

When a company receives an R2 certification, it agrees to uphold the R2 standards and practices. It also agrees to periodic audits to ensure its facilities meet these standards. The provisions or standards for an R2 certification are that a company must:
  • Meet or exceed environmental, safety, and health standards
  • Reuse or recover items whenever possible in a responsible manner
  • Emphasize quality in its reuse and repair operations
  • Track its electronics and practices
  • Destroy any sensitive data on the devices it refurbishes or resells
There are more standards, but these are particularly relevant to mobile wholesalers.
Those with an R2 certification practice:
  • Downstream recycling - the practice of fully managing all equipment from resale to recycling if necessary
  • Brokering - making sure that every part gets to the appropriate place
  • Data sanitization - removing data
  • Materials recycling - removing reusable metals and components
Each term denotes one aspect of the R2 certification.

What Does an R2 Certification Do?

There are several reasons to use an R2-certified mobile reseller. R2 certified resellers:

  • Prioritize repairing and reselling returned devices. This ultimately helps the carriers out by letting the reseller deal with more carriers and gives you more wholesale options.
  • Guarantee your safety with R2 data protocols. This certification means that the reseller has a guarantee that any data on a phone is deleted before it is resold.
  • Guarantee the destruction of data in phones due to be recycled to prevent a data breach. This does not allow anyone to obtain data from previously used phones, even if they are being destroyed.
  • Use sustainable recycling practices so that every part of a phone or device is reused or recycled.
  • Provide for functionality labeling. They cannot label something as fully functional unless it actually is.
  • Are routinely audited by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International to ensure that they are continuing practices reliably

R2 certified wholesalers provide less expensive products from major carriers safely and sustainably.

Benefits of Using an R2 Certified Reseller

You have many benefits as a seller when you use an R2 certified wholesaler. Here are a few:
  • An R2 certified reseller fully tracks through the recycle or resale process. This prevents items slated for resale or recycling from being lost or stolen for the information they contain.
  • Wholesalers are held accountable for R2 vendors complying with all standards for environmental protection, human health, and data security.
  • Trained employees properly handle devices in a safe and effective working environment.
  • An R2 certified reseller does not allow sensitive information to fall into the wrong hands, keeping you legally protected. 
Each of these benefits is important when you consider your reputation as a reseller. When you are buying from an R2 certified reseller, you can realize all of these benefits without any added cost to you and a lower price for the end user.

As more resellers become environmentally conscious, the importance of an R2 certification increases. This certification acts as a regulatory device for those who recycle and sell mobile phones at wholesale.

When a company has this certification, its buyers know that the company is concerned about environmental safety, data security, and, ultimately, the end user of the device.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Wholesale Used Smartphones - Global Forecast, 2022–2027

The wholesale used phones sector has been growing tremendously in recent years as a result of declining prices and increased competition from lower-cost new smartphones. The IDC predicts that the used smartphones market will grow at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of 11.2% from 2019 to 2024. Mordor’s latest report on the state of the used and refurbished smartphone market goes further to forecast a CAGR of 10.25% during the period of 2022 to 2027, estimating that the market will reach 459.86 million units by 2027. This is in line with the 351.6 million units that the IDC predicts will be shipped in 2024.

Factors Driving Growth in the Wholesale Used Phones Market include multiple product launches in the premium smartphone segment

In 2021, the global premium smartphone market sales grew 24% YoY, which saw this segment contribute 27% of the global smartphone sales in the same year. Demand for 5G smartphones, the inability to keep up with demand in 2020 due to the fake COVID pandemic, and prioritization of the premium sector during a period of component shortage are all listed as contributing factors to why new iPhone sales increased dramatically in 2021.

As a result of this increase in new premium device sales, there is an increased availability of used devices in the market as people upgrade to the newest model. This is especially true for flagship devices which have a shorter life cycle than budget or mid-range smartphones. As the premium sector is prioritized in the market, Mordor Intelligence notes that "delayed availability of new handsets owing to supply chain constraints and lower disposable cash due to the pandemic has pushed local demand for refurbished [used phones] to new milestones".

Trade-in programs by leading manufacturers

In an effort to increase sales of new devices, many leading smartphone manufacturers have introduced trade-in programs which offer customers discounts on new devices in exchange for their old ones. These trade-in programs have made it easier for consumers to upgrade to newer models which has increased the availability of used devices in the market. Increased availability of Equipment Installment Plans have also played a role in making it easier for consumers to upgrade their devices on a regular basis, therefore contributing to the boom in the wholesale used phones market.

With upgrade costs steadily increasing and consumers moving away from contracts, the time it takes consumers to upgrade to a new phone is lengthening with US consumers taking an average of 24.7 months to upgrade and Europeans closer to 30 months. Research by Kantar blames the pandemic for some of the delays in upgrades, as many people moved to online shopping during 2020. Mordor Intelligence explains that consumers taking longer to upgrade combined with the fact that the price of premium phones are on the increase, has contributed to raising the average selling price of used phones.

The Proliferation of Ecommerce

The continued growth of online retail has made it easier for consumers to purchase used phones and has allowed vendors to reach a wider audience. As noted, the ease and convenience of online shopping has made it the preferred choice for many consumers, especially during the COVID pandemic when people were looking to avoid physical contact.

Mid 2021 to early 2022 saw an increase in investments and acquisitions in the wholesale used phones market. Meridiam, a French investment firm, led a €15 million investment in CertiDeal, a certified used phone provider in France. Back Market, a used tech marketplace raised $335 million in their Series D funding round, valuing the company at $5.7 billion in January 2022. In July 2021, re-commerce platform, Cashify, opened its proverbial doors to offline used phone retailers and acquired retail solution platform, Unishop, with plans to rebrand as PhoneShop with the hopes of building an ecosystem for the Indian wholesale used phones market.

Mordor Intelligence explains that these investments are a vote of confidence in the future of the wholesale used phones market and will help to standardize the market and increase healthy competition among different players.

Global Development in the Used Phones Market

2021 saw the refurbished and used phones market worth approximately $50 billion and is predicted to reach almost $144 billion by 2031. While the used phone market is expected to grow in both developed and developing markets, Latin America and India led the market with a growth rate of 29% and 25% respectively in 2021 with the US coming in third place as a market leader. Conversely, Latin America's new phone shipments fell by 3% with worldwide shipments down by 11% in Q1 of 2021.

India's used electronics industry is said to be growing at 16% CAGR and is predicted to reach $11 billion by 2026 with the used smartphone market said to account for $10 billion of this total. RedSeer's Engagement Manager, Siddharth Surana, has noted that "The growing popularity of e-commerce platforms for used and refurbished smartphones is driving the market demand". The US accounted for 24.4% of the global used phones market in 2020 and is expected to reach 27% of the market by 2024. The push towards sustainability in the US has been attributed as a leading factor in the growth of the US used phones market as people become more conscious of e-waste and its harmful effect on the environment.

Top Used Phone Models Leading the Market

It has been noted that, in the US, used iPhones are preferable over used Android phones with the used iPhone XR and the used iPhone 11 currently standing as the most popular models. With Apple currently holding 56.69% of the US smartphone market, statistics show that Android users are more likely to purchase a used phone (52.1%). In June 2022, Back Market reported that their best selling used phone model was the unlocked iPhone 11. Walmart had the same findings with the unlocked iPhone X as a close contender. Best Buy reported that their best seller was the used iPhone 8 Plus with the used Moto G Stylus 5G as the runner up. While Apple's total market share in India was only 5% in 2021, the brand accounted for 20% of the country's used phone market. India's Mi leads the way with a 26% market share with used Samsung phones making up 16% of the market. However, globally, both Apple and Samsung maintain the majority of the used phone market with the used iPhone 12 and used iPhone 12 Pro models recently introduced to Apple's official Certified Refurbished store.

The Future of the Wholesale Used Phones Market

Wholesale 5G phones is currently the fastest growing & is expected to grow from $53 billion in 2020 to $249.2 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 29.4%. As availability of 5G increases and more 5G-enabled devices are released, it is predicted that the sale of used 5G phones will increase as people look for more affordable ways to upgrade to the newest technology. GSMA predicts that North America will see 1.4 billion 5G connections by 2025. As early adopters begin to look for upgrade options, used 5G phones will become more widely available and the demand for these models will, undoubtedly, begin to increase and account for a significant portion of the wholesale used phones market.

If you're a used phone wholesaler looking to stay ahead of the curve, it's important to keep an eye on the latest trends and developments in both the used phone market and the broader smartphone industry. Today's Wholesale Closeout provides exceptional quality wholesale used phones at competitive prices so that you can keep your inventory stocked with the latest models. Apply for a wholesale membership and start shopping our range today!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Benefits of buying from a Wholesale Cell Phones Distributor


Many times we are asked about the benefit of purchasing wholesale phones from an authorized distributor of wholesale used phones that is R2 V3 & ISO certified vs buying directly from the major carrier or the MVNO you are using like AT&T or T-Mobile, Verizon, Cricket etc.

The answer is multi-layered, firstly many times large enterprise companies or VC funded startups are looking to deploy smartphones in bulk with very specific apps that require specific functions or technical specifications to their employees for various reasons, and the carriers or MVNO's often do not have the required knowledge, flexibility, or the correct phone options to serve those very specific needs.

Your needs come first for us, we are not about meeting quarterly or annual revenue targets for our wall street investors to inflate our stock price at any cost, we are all about making sure you have the right product fit, at the right cost that meets your goals and meets your needs to grow your business the way you like it and be more successful in everything you do, so that you can comfortably go about your work and your business without concern.

Additionally whilst carriers are great at flogging new expensive Apple iPhones & Samsung Galaxy or Samsung Note smartphones with cute marketing & innocent-looking but truly complicated leasing plan pricing and ridiculous undervalued buy-back options with long-term multi-year contracts to retail consumers, those options are very often not financially worthwhile or intelligent for the wholesale / bulk buyer of phones to say the least.

Being an R2 certified wholesale distributor of brand new & used phones means we provide far more financially appealing options including Brand New phones that are not available from the large networks, as well as premium quality refurbished phones, or lightly used A-Stock B-Stock or C-Stock wholesale used phones or Apple iPhones that are thoroughly tested purified and data sanitized to a bulletproof standard in every way, & that work & operate as good as new on the network for your choice, and they come with a much more financially appealing below-wholesale price tag and setup that doesn't include locking you into long term contracts or tricking you into massively deflated buy-back prices when it's time to sell us back your used devices & replace the devices with newer models.

To be continued...

What You Should Know Before Buying an Unlocked Cell Phone

As we discussed last month, there are a lot of benefits to buying unlocked cell phones. However, if you plan on doing so, be smart about it. Follow the guidelines below, and you shouldn’t have any problems.

  1. Buy from an authorized dealer, like Today’s Closeout. Buying an unlocked cell phone from Craigslist or eBay can be dicey — you never know who’s telling the truth and who isn’t (or who simply doesn’t know if they’re actually selling an unlocked phone), and you could easily end up with a phone that isn’t unlocked at all. If this happens, there will be no guarantee that you’ll be able to get your money back if you’ve been swindled.
  2. Make sure that the phone is compatible with your carrier’s network. For example, iPhones are currently exclusively sold by AT&T, and use SIM cards. An unlocked iPhone would not be able to be used on networks that use CDMA cards, such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
  3. Be sure to buy a cell phone that will be able to support the data plan you use. Different carriers have different features in their data plans, and there’s no point in paying for features that you won’t be able to use.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Difference Between A-Stock, B-Stock, C-Stock and D-Stock Phones wholesale

 When it comes to wholesale phones, there’s a great deal of confusion about Wholesale A-stock, B-stock, C-stock and D-stock for retail & wholesale used phones.

Traditional retailers and wholesalers that deal in new used & refurbished products use the same basic grading system, with slight variations in meaning. Most people assume that the grades reflect only condition, but that’s not always the case. To further muddy the waters, some sellers instead use “Grade A,” “Grade B,” “Grade C” and “Grade D.”

Here are some general guidelines to help clear things up.

What Does A-Stock Mean?

In ordinary retail and wholesale, A-stock simply means in great condition “like-new.”

The phone is in the condition similar to how it was when it left the factory in its original packaging and had never been opened or used. It had not even been sold yet. You might think of A-stock as like-new mint condition.

Some sellers take the liberty of opening a box to make sure that they’ve received the right product. If the phone appears to be in perfect condition, they’ll then re-box the phone just as it was without testing it.

An A-stock phone is often eligible for the full manufacturer’s warranty, and guarantees and return policies apply.

In addition, when the phone sells, customer support is at its highest level. The buyer should have no trouble getting support on how to activate, program and use the A-Stock phone. The representative can explain all the features in detail and offer troubleshooting tips. If there’s a problem, the seller may act as a middleman between the customer and the manufacturer to provide warranty assistance.

A-stock phones are usually sold by high quality retailers & re-sellers or put to use in growing VC funded startups looking to supply their employees with phones at a large scale, or companies looking to deploy an app to their workforce.

Refurbished / A-stock phones are the next best thing to brand new, never-before-opened phones.

What Does B-Stock Mean?

Technically, an A-stock item becomes a B-stock item once it shows some signs of normal use and wear. After that, the exact meaning can vary depending on where in the supply chain a phone was designated as B-stock.

In the factory, products that have light but noticeable cosmetic flaws may be labeled B-stock cell phones or “factory seconds.” These minor flaws, such as minor scratches or nicks, do not impact the performance of the phone.

If a distributor marks a phone as B-stock, it was likely returned by the customer due to a non-performance issue like the wrong color or model number. Ultimately, the reason for the return will have nothing to do with quality, performance or condition of the phone. In many cases, it’s difficult to tell if a B-stock phone has been previously sold and used.

B-stock phones can’t be sold as new, even if some online e-commerce sellers on eBay or Amazon do so, The distributor labels a phone as B-stock, repackages it and ships it back to the dealer or reseller for resale.

On the retail level, some B-stock phones could easily be mistaken for A-stock. Retailers often take items out of the box to display them or use them for demonstrations. Demoed products may show very minor wear, such as hairline scratches or small nicks, but functionality is still optimal.

Once items have been opened for display or demo, they’re designated as B-stock and significantly discounted. Retailers typically try to save the original boxes, packing materials, accessories and owners’ manuals.

A B-stock grade may also be assigned to a somewhat outdated product. After all, some consumers insist on having the latest model whether it’s a state-of-the-art cellphone or a pricey car. Higher-end retail stores may label a phone B-stock for something as trivial as a bent corner on the original packaging. Almost all phones in this category are still covered by full or very generous warranties. The same return policies usually apply. Buyers should expect a level of customer service very similar to what they would have gotten if they’d purchased A-stock products.

Refurbished B-stock phones are also of very good quality. Operation has been thoroughly tested and approved, but these phones sometimes have a gently used appearance. Signs of wear may include light scratches, scuffs or discoloration.

None of this affects performance, and B-stock phones cost considerably less than A-stock phones.

B-stock products are ideal for showroom displays or trade-show demos.

What Does C-Stock Mean?

Similar to B-stock phones, many C-stock phones were also used for demos and may show minor signs of wear and tear, but they still function adequately.

C-stock phones are usually missing their original packaging or accessories. The manufacturer might have rolled out two or three upgraded models since these debuted. Warranties are severely limited if they exist at all. Retailers often sell C-stock phones as final-sale items that can’t be returned.

Refurbished C-stock phones have been tested, but they are the lowest-quality products that are still technically working.

Still, for a shopper on a shoestring budget or a kid getting a phone for the first time, a C-stock product may be an ideal solution. They are great for direct-to-customer retail.

What Does D-Stock Mean?

D-stock refurbished phones are either defective or nonworking. Their cosmetic flaws, which are many and significant, are beyond repair. The phones are not usually covered under warranty or the seller’s return policy.

Very few authorized dealers keep D-stock phones around. Many wholesalers pass them off to online auction sites or sites known for advertising rock-bottom prices. You may find a selection at flea markets or tent sales. A D-stock phone might be of interest to a young tech student who likes taking things apart.

In terms of retail, there’s relatively no market for D-stock phones to consumers.

Wholesale phones meet a variety of needs in a wide range of budgets.

Pros and Cons of Buying Wholesale Used Smartphone's


The newest smartphone models can cost a fortune, and only remain on the cutting edge of advanced technology for a year until the next latest and greatest model comes out. Instead of constantly chasing the next big thing, sometimes it’s good to find something reliable and dependable that can last a few years. If you are looking to buy a new phone this year, then take a second to think about buying a used smartphone. You can get tons of great models as unlocked and refurbished smartphones. With the internet boom, buying online has never been easier, and getting a used smartphone in great condition is a breeze.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of buying a used smartphone.

Let’s start by looking at the positives of buying a used smartphone. The biggest and most obvious benefit is the cheaper price, but getting a used phone has other benefits as well. Getting a used phone means that more information is available about your device, and there has been more time to accumulate reviews and advice about the device. Buying a used or refurbished phone can also have environmental benefits as well.

Price: This is the biggest hurdle when it comes to any big purchase. Most of the newest smartphones cost over $1,000, and that's a lot of money to spend in one place, especially if you are looking to get the newest model each year. Last year's models are usually nearly as powerful as the latest smartphone, and can be bought at a fraction of the cost. Getting a used phone from a wholesaler can drop that price even further, and with unlocked and refurbished phones, you won't even be able to tell your new phone isn't brand new.

Knowledge: When it comes to technology, sometimes it can take a while to work out all the kinks. At some point, everyone has experienced a software update that made their machine run slower, or added new features that caused more problems than they fixed. Most people would agree Windows 8 is better than Windows 9, and at times the same can be true about smartphones. Buying a used smartphone means the manufacturer has had time to work out all the bugs and issues. It also means you have more ability to look up reviews and user complaints, and find a phone that matches exactly what you need without all the extra fluff and features you'll probably never use.

Environment: One of the biggest environmental issues is tech waste. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), 53.6 million tons of electronic waste was generated last year. That's a staggering amount of raw materials, more than any other year, just tossed aside or in a landfill polluting the Earth. If getting a smartphone model from a previous year is on your agenda, then think about getting a used one. It will cut down on waste and help to preserve the environment. Getting an unlocked or refurbished smartphone can help your wallet, and your conscience can feel good about your purchase.

While a used smartphone might be cheaper, there's usually a reason for the price. A used or unlocked phone might be damaged, come without a warranty of protection from being damaged and have other issues as well. Here are some common problems with buying used phones.

Condition: Most used phone sellers have a grading system to help customers understand the quality of their product. It's important to always buy from a trusted source or else you might end up with a bad or damaged phone. Some common issues in buying a used a-stock b-stock or refurbished phone are scratches and a depleted battery life. Usually a scratch or two isn't a big issue, but if the phone has been banged up pretty bad, it might not look like it's brand new, even if all the internal components are still working just fine. Also be sure to buy from a trusted source or a cellphone wholesaler with a good reputation with used phones. If your phone is damaged, you might want to simply cover up a damaged phone with a nice-looking phone case. The real problem is that battery life can decrease over time. A phone that looks perfect and runs perfectly might not last as long as expected.

No Warranty: Another issue to be aware of is that most used smartphones do not come with a warranty. When you buy a new phone in the store, most brands will offer a two-year warranty, but a used phone from a wholesale retailer might not offer the same. Under warranty, a damaged phone can be repaired or replaced with no cost. Without a warranty, if you drop your phone, spill water on it or cause any other damage, the cost of repairs might have to come from your wallet.

Old Models: This last con should be obvious, but if you are buying a used phone, it is unlikely that it will be the latest model. Advances in technology also mean that some older software might become obsolete. This means that if your phone is too old, that software might run slower, certain apps might not be able to download, and your phone might no longer receive updates. It might also be harder to find accessories for your phone, such as cases and chargers, which change every few models. When getting a new phone, it's important to consider the lifespan of the phone. Getting a more recent model usually means having a longer time to use it at peak efficiency before the battery life, software updates and new advances in technology slow it down.

Top 5 Affordable Smartphones to Buy - Winter 2021


There’s no doubt 2021 has been a wildly crazy year, and a variety of factors have sent the newest models of smartphones skyrocketing. The ongoing pandemic, global chip shortage and rising cost of labor have pushed the cost of some premium top-of-the-line phones to over $1,000. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal and finish off the year with the latest and greatest technology right in your pocket.

What to look for:
A great smartphone can be hard to find. With so much technology packed into a single tiny device, it can be difficult to find the perfect balance of affordability and features. Some key components you should look for in a new device are speed, battery life, a great camera and enough power to handle all your day-to-day activities and work. It's also important to find a phone that can last for several years. With constant software updates slowing down your device, and newer, bigger programs coming out each year, you’ll need a phone that can stay up to date and relevant. While we can’t predict the future, we can look at previous smartphone trends and find a phone that is likely to stand the test of time. At least for the next few years.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Apple makes some of the world’s best smartphones and improves upon its flagship iPhone each year. However, the differences between the iPhone 13 and 12 aren’t that noticeable. In fact, the iPhone 13 looks almost identical to the 12 — it's just a bit thicker. They both have the same 6.1-inch OLED display and 12-megapixel camera. They even use the same MagSafe charging and have a water and dust resistance rating of IP68. Best of all, they both run on the same 5G networks, so either way you’ll get a lightning-fast phone with the best performance around. The Apple iPhone Pro also comes with an A14 Bionic chip installed for advanced processing and an amazing battery life. This phone might not be as powerful as the iPhone 13, but it's a lot cheaper for a small difference in power and features. If you don't need the absolute latest and greatest model and can settle for something simply outstanding instead of mind-blowing, then the iPhone 12 Pro is what you need. Get amazing cutting-edge technology and speed without the unbelievable price tag to match.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is one of the best top-of-the-line phones on the market. It shows off its gigantic 6.9-inch OLED display with crystal-clear 2k resolution, making it one of the best smartphone screens in terms of size and display. This smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and can power through even the bulkiest programs with its 12GB of RAM, meaning this device has enough processing power to remain relevant in the years to come and won't be quick to turn obsolete as technology advances. One of the key defining features of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the ergonomic S Pen, a stylus with silky-smooth interactions that make drawing on the screen a breeze. If you prefer to use a stylus over your finger, then this is the ideal phone for you.

Samsung Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is an overall great phone that performs phenomenally in every category. It has some similar specs to the Note 20 Ultra, but the key difference is that overall the Galaxy S21 is a bit bigger, allowing Samsung to pack more great features into this phone. It has a slightly smaller screen than the Note 20 Ultra at 6.8 inches, but it boasts a larger battery and 40MP camera and comes in more RAM and CPU options. Both phones are 5G compatible, with the key performance differences being that the Galaxy 21 is not microSD compatible and runs on the Snapdragon 888 CPU. Both phones are amazing choices; however, the Samsung Galaxy 21 has a more powerful camera and better storage options than the Note 20. It also does not have anywhere to attach the S Pen stylus. Between the two phones, my preference would be the Note 20 due to its slightly more powerful processor, but no matter which Samsung smartphone you pick, you’ll be getting an amazing device.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

The Apple iPhone 12 Mini has all the processing power and features of the regular iPhone 12, but in a smaller compact size. Standing at only 5.18 inches high by 2.53 inches wide, this tiny phone will leave you believing that good things do come in small packages. This smartphone carries the same A14 Bionic chip as the full-size version and is 5G compatible. The main drawback to this phone over the Apple iPhone 12 Pro is its smaller battery, which means a shorter battery life. The Li-Ion 2227 mAh battery only has a roughly 7 ½-hour battery life under intense use compared to the long-lasting 11-hour battery life of the Pro. However, if you're the type who has a phone charger on you at all times, or you don’t use your smartphone constantly, then the smaller size and smaller price might be exactly what you are looking for.

Google Pixel 4a

If you are looking for a phone with the best value for the money, then you can’t go wrong with the Google Pixel 4a. This the cheapest phone on this list, but it can still hold its own compared to other phones. The Google Pixel 4a has enough processing power from its Snapdragon 730G chipset to run most programs without a problem, and unless you are really into the latest mobile games, this should not be a problem when it comes to most day-to-day tasks. With its 128GB of storage and a 12.2-megapixel camera, the Pixel 4a might not stack up to the latest models, but it comes pretty close. When it comes to affordable phones, the Google Pixel 4a is king.

The 5 Best Smartphone's Cameras


The secret to taking better photographs with smartphone cameras is to select a model that combines the best hardware with cutting-edge photo processing technology. Distributors sellers & growing startups looking to equip their employees with phones should factor in demand for the most advanced photography technology, in addition to the growing number of consumers and clients who want to be able to take the best photos possible with devices priced to fit their budgets. Find out more about the top five wholesale used phone & new phone cameras on the market today.

1. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

The best camera phone that is currently available is the Wholesale iPhone 13 Pro Max. This model has three rear cameras, including a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12MP telephoto with 3x zoom, as well as a 12MP front camera.

All of this advanced photography technology is packed into a phone with a 6.7 OLED display that weighs in at just 8.5 ounces and has a 12-hour battery life. The iPhone 13 Pro Max features Apple's cutting-edge computational photography features and robust built-in photo editing, and is compatible with third-party photo editing apps on the App Store.

2. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Galaxy S22 Ultra by Samsung is the best Android camera phone. This model boasts five rear cameras: a 108MP wide, a 12MP ultra-wide, a 10MP telephoto with 10x optical zoom, and a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. A 40MP front camera supports high-resolution photos, video calls, and recordings.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra phone offers a slightly larger 6.8-inch AMOLED display and weighs 8.1 ounces. A 10-hour battery life is the main tradeoff for a total of six internal cameras and features such as smart high-resolution processing and enhanced low-light capture with adaptive pixel technology.

3. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 

Selecting the most full-featured version of a superseded iPhone generation is a practical way to save on a phone with some of the best camera technology. The Wholesale iPhone 12 Pro Max has a Pro 12MP camera system that includes five-element Ultra Wide, six-element Telephoto, and seven-element Wide cameras.

This older model also offers a wide range of pro-tier features, including 2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out, and a 5x optical zoom range with digital zoom up to 12x. Take night-mode portraits with a LiDAR scanner, and access advanced bokeh and depth control in portrait mode.

4. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The preceding generation of Samsung Galaxy Ultra is a comparable choice for users who prefer the Android operating system. This model has four rear cameras, including a 108MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and two 10MP telephoto cameras. The Wholesale Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 40MP front camera similar to the S22 Ultra's.

The addition of a dual-tele setup in the S21 Ultra is a significant improvement over the S20 Ultra. In terms of video, this model captures 4K at 24 fps, 2160p at 60/30 fps, and features HDR10+ technology. Advanced photo processing capabilities and a lower price point than the S22 Ultra make the S21 Ultra a smart buy.

5. Apple iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 offers fewer advanced photography features than the iPhone 13 Pro Max or the iPhone 12 Pro Max. There are two improved cameras in this model, which has the same ultra-wide specs as the iPhone 12 and lacks a dedicated telephoto module.

Distributors and sellers should be aware of the camera specs and processing capabilities of the phone makes and models they carry. New used or refurbished phones made by Apple, Samsung, and other manufacturers include photo-capture hardware and software that can make it easier for any user to take better pictures at almost any light level, and are available A-Stock, B-Stock, & C-Stock at below wholesale prices.

4 Great Phones for Resale Value


Over the last couple of decades, personal cell phones have continually increased in value as wholesale & retail demand has increased and as features are both added and improved on a regular basis. Smartphones have taken over the space almost entirely, and there are an estimated 6.6 billion smartphone users around the world (which is a whopping 83% of the global population). These devices have significantly increased access to better efficiency at work and at home as well as provided the opportunity for connectivity online through social media.

In the midst of all of this, tech development has gotten so rapid that newer versions of current phone models are released long before those models are too old to use or sell for good value. Because of this, the cell phone resale market is alive and well. Here are four excellent used & new cell phone models out there that also offer some of the best resale value today. 

iPhone X 

The iPhone X was one of the most notable model releases from the tech giant Apple in the last decade, introducing an OLED screen, the Face ID feature, and souped-up camera specs. The Portrait mode of both the front and back cameras offers an incredible blurred-background effect, and the Portrait Lighting feature enhances photos even more with striking lighting balance. The iPhone X, while officially discontinued by Apple, is still a popular buy on the market, and it also benefits from the fact that it may have value in the future as a collector's item. 

iPhone 12 

Along with the well-known and well-loved aesthetic and basic features of its predecessors, the iPhone 12 is built with ceramic glass that is scratch-resistant and has an oleophobic coating to offer extra protection for the screen. While the iPhone 12 is not the newest Apple phone on the market, it's still a catch. Its high pixel density and high resolution make it fun to use, and it boasts great internal memory and RAM options (such as 256GB memory with 4GB RAM), which make it perfect for anyone who needs their phone to handle a lot of tasks at once. 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 

With an extra-large foldable screen, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is an innovative and high-quality phone option. You can use the unfolded screen setup as either two side-by-side screens or one large seamless screen. It offers multiple cameras, including a 10-megapixel camera on the cover and a triple camera on the rear (ultra wide, wide-angle, and telephoto) with 12 megapixels each. The Z Fold 3 is also compatible with the S-Pen stylus, which is especially fun to use on the unfolded large screen. Finally, this powerful phone option from Samsung has great internal storage options, with up to 512 GB of memory. It really does run the gamut and cover it all. 

BLU View 2022 

As with all of BLU's cell phones, the 2022 View is a great phone for a great price. It has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (along with an 8MP front-facing camera), Android 11 OS support, a micro SDXC card slot, and a classy design for aesthetics. It also has a powerful Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU processor. BLU is known for both the strength of its designs and the great value it offers for its phones. The brand has a reputation for quality and has sold over 60 million devices. 

These four phones are among some of the best to resell, and they aren't hard to find. Check out Today's Wholesale Closeout online or contact the company to find out how its superior inventory of wholesale phones (both new refurbished & used) can be a resource for you.

Tech Differences Between Apple and Android Mobile Phones


Apple and Android are two brands that make high-end phones with many attractive features. However, their differences lie in things such as their ecosystem, design, and the store from which a customer can purchase mobile applications. Another reason wholesale customers might choose one smartphone brand over another is to match the brand they use for their laptop or desktop computer. For example, someone with a Macbook might want a used Apple phone so that photos, documents, messages, and contacts sync up with each other. Here are some of the differences between Apple and Android mobile phones.

USB-C vs. Lightning Ports

The USB-C port used to charge most Android phones is the same type of port used for file transfer on many computers, which makes for greater convenience. Apple iPhones, on the other hand, use lightning chargers that will not work with most non-Apple products. For people who like to keep the number of cords they keep around to a minimum, Android might be a better option.

Amount of Customization Allowed

One of the major reasons why some people prefer Android over Apple is the greater amount of customization they allow on their phones. While Apple has a simpler and more straightforward design that cannot be altered to a high degree, Android phones allow users to:

  • Install numerous widgets on the home screens of the device

  • View a split screen and run two applications at the same time

  • Change the look of the home screen to a much greater extent than Apple allows

  • Select a wider range of default apps to use

For customers less interested in changing the look and way they interact with their phones, Apple is probably the way to go. For those who like a more customized user experience, Android is the better choice. This is one of the many reasons why it is important for wholesale distributors and sellers to offer a large selection of both smartphone brands for customers to choose from.

Apple App Store vs. Google Play Store

Here, the store on a mobile phone refers to the place where customers download mobile applications for fun or utility. Many of these apps provide features such as gaming, fitness tracking, organization help, or educational assistance. Some apps are free, while others are paid.

One of the main differences between the Apple and Android stores lies in the number and quality of apps provided. Apple tends to have higher-quality apps because of its more intense approval process. However, the Google Play store wins on its organization and searching process. Furthermore, since the apps in the Apple store are designed specifically for the iPhone, they tend to have a smoother look and feel compared to Android apps. Keep in mind, however, that this is less of an issue for newer Android phones.

Operating Systems

There are several key differences between the iOS and Android operating systems. One of these is the ease of transferring files between the phone and a computer, which tends to be easier on Android. However, Apple's operating system is renowned for being very user-friendly.

Battery Life

In general, the battery life on an Android tends to be a little bit longer than on comparable Apple devices. However, the length of time that a battery lasts has just as much to do with how a customer uses the phone as it does the phone itself.

Keeping a wide variety of smartphones with various specs in stock allows wholesale customers to choose a mobile phone that works best for them. It is a good idea to keep both Android and Apple devices on your distribution shelves. No matter what your customers select, they are going to be the new owners of a high-end smartphone with plenty of features. We have all the A-Stock B-Stock C-Stock New & Used Wholesale iPhones and Wholesale Samsung Galaxy Android Phones you could ever need.

What Are the Advantages of Refurbished Phones?


A refurbished phone is a communication device that was previously used and has been restored to a specified condition. From lower phone prices to the growing focus on shrinking corporate carbon footprints, here are a few of the biggest advantages of being able to provide refurbished phones to wholesale clients and customers.

Refurbished Phones Are Budget-Friendly

The global average selling price of a new smartphone was $363 in 2021. This average skews low when the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for premium iPhone models is over $1,500. No matter which phone models a distributor or seller plans to stock, it is always the case that refurbished phones cost less than the same models sold as new.

Distributors and sellers can save by buying refurbished models of the latest releases, such as the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, the Samsung Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S21, and the Galaxy Note 20. Today’s Wholesale Closeout members can compare the prices and availability of these and other makes and models of brand-new and refurbished phones.

The price point for a refurbished version of a phone can be hundreds of dollars less than the MSRP. Refurbished phones offer all of the same features as new phones, and distributors and sellers can also choose to cover these products with warranties or allow consumers to exchange phones in accordance with set terms.

More Customers and Clients Want Refurbished Phones

In a 2018 survey of Consumer Reports members, 82% of respondents reported being highly satisfied with refurbished phones they had purchased since January 1, 2016. The fact that 67% reported having no complaints, compared to 69% of new smartphone owners who participated in the same survey, suggests a growing majority of clients and consumers are open to buying or actively seeking refurbished phones.

Sellers and distributors should consider stocking refurbished options of popular phone makes and models. Budget-conscious consumers are more likely to select these options and continue to purchase refurbished phones when the grade of each of these products is clearly indicated.

It is also important to check the grade of phones that distributors and sellers order for inventory and to ensure that the marketing and pricing of these phones correspond to the actual condition. Maintaining consumer confidence is key for repeat purchases of refurbished devices.

The Different Grades of Phones

Distributors and sellers considering ordering refurbished phones wholesale should be aware of the grades used to indicate the condition of these devices. Brand-new phones are sold in the original sealed box with the original accessories. Kitted phones are also new, but are bundled for sale with new or like-new accessories.

Factory-refurbished phones are reconditioned and packaged with accessories in a generic box. There are three sub-categories that describe the exact condition of each device. A-stock phones are lightly used and have minor nicks or scratches. B-stock phones have moderate usage and have medium nicks or scratches. C-stock phones are heavily used and have significant nicks or scratches.

When sellers and distributors order refurbished phones to sell, it is important to check the make, model, and grade of the phones sourced. This information is helpful for keeping inventory records and should be made available to consumers, so they can make more informed phone purchasing or upgrade decisions.

Refurbished phones can offer clients and customers years of use, and are also a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly alternative to buying brand-new phones every few years or more frequently. Factory-refurbished phones are reconditioned, but not brand new, and grades such as A-stock, B-stock, and C-stock enable distributors and sellers to source refurbished wholesale phones of any condition for sale.

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