Flip.ro vs Klap.ro: 3 popular refurbished smartphones offered by the two services compared

Services like Flip.ro and Klap.ro, which refurbish electronic devices and then sell them back with a warranty, are welcome. These businesses help combat environmental problems and save people money.

According to statistics from the International Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), up to 5.3 billion mobile phones will end up in landfill this year alone, compounding the huge problem of e-waste.

We compared three popular smartphone models – iPhone SE (2020), Samsung Galaxy S21 5G and Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G – available on the two platforms to see the asking prices, product condition and after-sales services offered.

First, we note that the two platforms offer similar extra-benefits: 12-month warranty, free delivery in 1-2 business days, possibility to open the parcel upon delivery, free return in 30 days and payment in installments. What’s more, both companies offer devices with a battery health rating of more than 85%.

Each service uses multiple reconditioning grades, which show the condition of the phone. At Flip.ro we have: like new (highest grade), excellent, very good and good (lowest grade). Klap.ro has the following system: A+ (highest grade), A, B and C (lowest grade).

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Equated, the grades look like this: like new (Flip.ro) equals A+ (Klap.ro), excellent – A, very good – B and good – C.

iPhone SE 2 (2020) Black, 64 GB

Flip.co.uk offer:
Price: 1,399 lei
Phone condition: as new (Company description: Works like new phone and looks almost perfect. Phone may show small fine traces of use on screen or casing, unnoticeable to the naked eye).

Klap.ro offer:
Price: 1.359 lei
Phone status: A+ (Company description: We say this is an exceptional, top 10 phone that looks like new with no visible signs of use).

Apparently better offer*: Klap.ro (slightly lower price, better phone condition)

Galaxy S21 5G, Gray, 128 GB

Flip.ro offer:
Price: 2.299 lei
Phone status: excellent (Company description: Works like new phone. Phone may show a few fine scratches on screen or case, unnoticeable with screen on).

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Klap.ro offer:
Price: 2.149 lei
Phone status: A (Company description: Grade A we assign to a refurbished phone in very good condition, but where you may notice a few small negligible scratches on the screen or case).

Best Offer*: Klap.ro (lower price)

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G Black, 128GB

Flip.co.uk offer:
Price: 929 lei
Phone condition: very good (Company description: Works like new phone. Screen may have superficial scratches, but if you apply a protective film it looks “like new”. The case may have minor scratches, dots or discoloration).

Klap.ro offer:
Price: 1.199 lei
Phone status: A (Company description: Grade A we assign to a refurbished phone in very good condition, but where you may notice a few small negligible scratches on the screen or case).

Best Offer*: Flip.ro (significantly lower price, although the degree of refurbishment is poorer)

*We can’t say exactly which offer is categorically better because we didn’t have access to the devices.

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