2020 has been the bearer of both good and bad changes in the world, and it’s sure to go down as a year to remember.

In more tech focused news; one of the most powerful phones to ever exist; the iPhone 11 Pro Max was discontinued this year. This means that it is no longer available for purchase through the Apple store.

Now, many people have speculated as to why this is: but knowing Apple; we think it’s pretty much certainly to do with the release of the long awaited iPhone 12.
By keeping the iPhone 11 Pro available: Apple risked cannibalizing sales from the iPhone 12…

Well - it is what it is, but don’t give up on your dream of owning this device just yet!

Have you considered getting your hands on a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro Max instead?

In this article, we’re going to talk to you a little bit about refurbished devices, and how you can get your hands on a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro Max despite Apple pulling the devices from their shelves…

First of all… why should you go for the iPhone 11 Pro Max?

The iPhone 11 Pro Max was the largest and most powerful phone that Apple had brought to life to DATE (until the new iPhone 12 Pro Max landed, that is!). They took the best technology and married it with an upgraded design to give you a high-performing, aesthetic phone.

An enhanced battery, an impressive camera Night Mode as well as all three cameras boasting 12MP sensors, 4k video recording (now that’s some smooth footage!) and the ultra-wide camera angle add something extra to the iPhone 11 - setting it apart from its competitors (think Samsung, Google and Huawei).
A stunning 6.5 inch OLED display with upgraded stereo speakers makes all the difference in your viewing experience and helps to give the iPhone that extra *sparkle*.

The features are impressive, and there’s no doubt that Apple strives to improve it’s products launch upon launch - the big question is, how can you get your hands on one?

The answer is… to get your hands on a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro Max!

But wait! Why buy refurbished?

When you think about buying refurbished items.... What comes to mind?

  • Difficult-to-decipher merchant ratings
  • Low quality devices
  • Unwanted devices that will cause you more problems in the long run

Well, we’re happy to announce that NONE of these are concerns anymore. You see, it’s been 13 year that we’re working on improving the customer experience when it comes to buying refurbished goods here at RefurbMe, and we’re proud to say that we make buying refurbished items as easy as 1-2-3.

In fact, buying refurbished has changed a LOT since the early days.

Nowadays, when you buy refurbished devices, you choose…

  • High savings: you can save up to 80% off retail prices just a couple of months after the release of an item; now if that’s not a saving worth sticking around for… I don’t know what is!
  • The eco-responsible choice: it’s down to every single individual to do their part in saving the planet. RefurbMe and buying from any other refurbished goods site helps you to make a move in saving the planet. Choose to reduce e-waste across the world and save the planet one step at a time <3
  • No contract: when you sign up to purchase a phone or device via a mobile service provider, you’re often tied down to some pretty irritating terms and conditions. You don’t get any of that hassle when you buy a refurbished device. Less headache, more time to enjoy and actually make the most of your new device!
  • No compromise on standards: refurbished devices are certified to incredibly high standards, they function just as well as their new counterparts.
  • All of the perks: buying refurbished doesn’t mean renouncing that
    “fresh-out-the-box” feeling. You still get all of the accessories and exciting unboxing experience that you would when buying a phone from the store directly…

So really - you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Manufacturer refurbished or seller refurbished?

That being said, there are a few things to look out for when looking to purchase a refurbished item. One of the main concerns we see is trying to figure out the difference between manufacturer refurbished goods or seller refurbished goods

Manufacturer refurbished goods are products that have been refurbished by the original manufacturer of the device, as opposed to a third-party seller or retailer. In the case of a refurbished iPhone, this will mean the device has been refurbished by Apple technicians. But these kinds of devices are rarely found in the Apple store: which is exactly why RefurbMe decided to come along and bring refurbished items to the forefront, and give them the attention they deserve!

These kinds of devices are only ever sold by the manufacturer themselves (you can compare the prices and features of these kinds of products here!

Don’t forget, however, that just because the device was refurbished by Apple technicians, it doesn’t actually mean that these devices are better, or of a higher quality than devices not refurbished by Apple technicians; the only difference may be that the device will come with some kind of a warranty. By the way - if you really want to get your hands on a device refurbished by Apple - we’re here for you! Simply set an alert on our site and you’ll get notified of any new incoming stock. You’ll never miss a great deal again!

Now, when it comes to seller-refurbished devices; this simply means that the device was refurbished by a third party. This can mean a professional refurbished device company, an individual at home, or a retailer with an in-house refurbishment service. You can often find these kinds of devices on sites such as Amazon and eBay.

Buying refurbished devices not from the manufacturer themselves doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on quality; but you SHOULD be careful, and be sure to shop smart so you don’t end up falling for a scam from a misleading seller.

Before buying from a third-party reseller, consider the following:

  • Grading information
  • How the refurbishing process takes place
  • Do they have a warranty

Overall, as long as you’re being mindful when you’re purchasing your device, you should be covered.

Our advice? Do your research, always remember to consider the above and make sure you’re buying from a reliable source that offers a warranty, and make sure you’re fully aware of the cosmetic condition of the product.  

The device condition vs price

When it comes to how much you spend on a device, there are so many options and factors to consider that it really is up to you!

You can decide for yourself whether or not you want to spend more money and have a phone that looks brand new versus buying a phone that may have a few scratches.

Here’s a quick run-down of the grading marks to look out for:

Grade A: near mint condition, these devices show almost no signs of previous use.

Grade B: a device with a B grading may show some light scratches or scuffs, these will have no bearing on the performance of the device.

Grade C: these devices will show heavy signs of use by the previous owner, they are still certified as in working order despite this.

Refurbished iPhone 11 Pro Max
Refurbished cosmetic conditions

So, as you can see: what kind of device you choose really depends on your budget! Grade A devices will be the most costly, whereas grade C devices will be more affordable; whatever you choose: the phone should be in working order
(and don’t forget to make sure there’s a warranty!).

Best places to buy your refurbished iPhone 11 Pro Max

Now that you have all the information on what to look out for and how to choose your phone… the question is where should you get it from?!

We’ve got it all down for you…

At RefurbMe, we compare all the offers on the market for you:


We’ve got all of the criteria and features you need to make the most informed purchasing decision. From consistent, standardized ratings when it comes to device condition, to price and availability monitoring (so you never miss a drop!), RefurbMe helps to give you all the information you need upfront to make the best decision and to save you time and money, with our advanced searches (over 15 filters) as well as the option to get alerts straight to your inbox: you can be sure that you’re getting the best device at the right price with us.


To summarize this article; if you’re looking for the best place to find the best deal on a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro Max: you’re in the right place!

We’ve got everything you need to make your final decision and we hope we’ve been able to help.

If you have any other questions, or want to chat about any of the things I’ve gone over in this article, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to hear from you!