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Our small victories of 2020

“Making the best of a bad situation.”

It’s a pretty common expression, but given how the last year has been it’s probably more common than it’s ever been. So we took it to heart last year and used it to drive a few pretty neat little initiatives that we feel helped make the world a little brighter.

Between reducing our ecological impact and fighting the digital divide, we just wanted to share our little victories with you. We don’t want to sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back – we really just want to give ourselves a little encouragement by sharing the positives.

So come along and find out what we’ve been up to.

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Sci-fi Movies that have come true (sort of)

It is amazing to look back at Sci-Fi movies over the years and see how far we have come in terms of our own technology. Some Sci-Fi movies have been eerie in predicting the technology we would have today or in the near future. Delve into some of the fun, frightening and fantastic Sci-Fi predictions which have come true – or may soon be available to you.

Speaking of technology, check out those beautiful devices up to 70% cheaper.

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Guilherme, Business Developer for South Europe at Back Market

Hello! Who are you?

Hello, my name is Guilherme and I’m originally from Lisbon, the great capital of Portugal.

In 2019, I graduated in Management at Nova SBE (Portugal). Meanwhile I had the opportunity of studying for 4 months in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and backpacking for 2 months in South America, where I could learn  completely different cultures and meet some amazing people.

What really drives me is the possibility of continuously learning and growing from different people and different experiences and definitely Back Market contributes with a great part of it!

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Why buy refurbished electronics?

Western society is a throwaway society. It’s a sad but true fact of life and nowhere is this more apparent than with electronics. In Europe 100 million phones are thrown away each year, with an overwhelming amount of them ending up incinerated or in a landfill. Thirty million computers meet a similar grim fate in the USA, putting toxic electronic waste into the soil and carbon emissions into our atmosphere. The constant clamour for new tech hits us hard in our pockets but hits our planet even harder.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Tech companies have no interest in putting this right but you can have a huge impact by breaking free from the shiny new chains of quick consumption and the corporate chants of “Brand new! Brand new!”. Here we take a look at some of the main reasons why buying refurbished should be the default and not the alternative.

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Wout, Business Developer Netherlands and Belgium at Back Market

Hello! Who are you?

Hello! My name is Wout, although people in Paris prefer to call me Waoud or Voot. I studied applied economics/marketing in Belgium, before going on an Erasmus trip and taking an internship in sales in Berlin.

After Berlin, I moved to Paris for my first real job as a business developer at TextMaster. That was two years ago, et voilà, now I’ve been at Back Market for 7 months.

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Creating the ultimate home cinema

Nowadays, we’re used to watching films and TV shows in our beds on laptops and tablets. While there’s certainly a time and a place for this (when you simply cannot muster the energy to get up), the low-quality, poorly calibrated screen and tinny speakers just do not do certain films and shows justice.

Remember the incredibly dark episode in the last season of Game of Thrones? The cinematographer responded to complaints about it being too gloomy by lamenting that too many had watched it on iPads and poorly tuned TVs. And while it really was rather dark, higher quality gear would have vastly improved viewers’ experience.

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8 Ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint quite easily

Climate change feels like an overbearing and insurmountable threat, and one that governments around the world are dragging their feet over. But there are things you can do personally to fight it.

Your carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 emissions you are responsible for, formed through the choices you make. It can be reduced massively through minor changes to your lifestyle. We look at eight ways you can bring that carbon footprint down from a stomp to a tiptoe.

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Amazing VR Games/Experiences Coming in 2020

While the world outside has become steadily dystopian as countries battle coronavirus with lockdowns and social distancing, people staying inside have been embracing science fiction themselves, donning virtual reality headsets and heading off to new realms from the comfort of their living rooms. VR has been around a while, but the technology is really coming into its own now – no longer is it a gimmick or a futuristic pipe dream. There’s never been a better time to get yourself a headset. There have been some ground-breaking VR games recently, but that’s not all the technology can do – it’s a burgeoning new creative platform for films, experiences and social media too. We take a look at the best VR has to offer in 2020.

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How to prevent your phone from being stolen?

Mobile phones are prized possessions nowadays but their portability and huge price tag makes them highly coveted by increasingly sneaky thieves. We take a look at the best ways to keep your phone safe, and what to do to protect your data if it goes AWOL.

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