Device Grading - How Does it Work?

When you’re ready to sell your devices, the amount you get for them all comes down to the grading scale. It is important to understand how a company grades out devices to get a real idea of what you could expect.

At Tech Defenders, we believe in being transparent with our partners during the Buyback process, which is why we came up with an aggregate scoring system to determine the overall condition of your devices. Depending on the device type, a unique set of components are given an A-F score with an assigned weighted score. This determines the payout you will receive for your devices.

What Each Grade Means

1 - A Grade 

A Grade devices are considered new or close to new devices. These devices may have been used once or twice in their life-cycle and are very rare to find in the world of refurbished technology. 

Quick Description: Mint Condition. No scratches or wear. Certified pre-owned, mint, certified refurbished or OEM refurbished product 

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2 - B Grade 

B Grade devices are still a rare find in the technology industry, but they will show some signs of being used. If the device has more than 2 signs of use. They automatically move to a C Grade.

Quick Description: Great Condition. Barely visible, minimal small dings. 

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3 - C Grade 

C Grade Devices are our most common grades in the IT industry. There is usually light wear with some surface level scratches and minimal small dings. 

Quick Description: Average Condition. Moderate wear - Some surface level scratches, one to two deeper scratches. Some pitting, dings, and dents.

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4 - D Grade

D Grade device is still fully functional. In this industry, this is the second most common grade after 3-5 years of use. 

Quick Description: Poor Condition. Moderate wear - Some surface level scratches, one to two deeper scratches. Some pitting, dings, and dents.  

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5 - F Grade 

F Grade device is broken or non-functional devices. 

Quick Description: Broken or Non-Functional. Heavier wear - case scarring deeper scratches, scuffs, pitting, dings, dents, possible LCD imaging or tripped liquid damage indicator, but no sign of corrosion or liquid damage.

Looking to learn the value of your devices? Get a quote today! 

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