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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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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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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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Back Market Raises 120 Million Dollars in Funding. Booyah!

A lot of us are already bouncing off the walls due to the lockdown, but we’re bouncing for completely different reason now as Back Market has just raised $120 million from three investment funds.

At a difficult time when we find ourselves thinking more and more about how we interact with the planet and each other, this tidy sum should allow us to hit the accelerator even more so in our quest to push forward a slightly more reasonable way of consuming tech products, and doing better with less.

In the interest of complete transparency, we wanted to share with you our answer to the most obvious of questions: “What are we going to do with all this dough?”.

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Meet Co2nscious

Since its very beginning in 2014, fighting against electronic waste and lengthening the lives of electronic devices and appliances, has been an important focus for Back Market. The Conscious project looks to address a challenging element of this mission: how to have meaningful conversations with people about the impact of high-tech devices on the environment, and how we can start looking for solutions here (even if they’re not completely perfect ones).

Here we’ve summarised everything about the project in a few lines – the idea behind it, the method, and even the short fallings.

For your information: the project is now finished and we are currently thinking about giving it a new life. Feel free to tell us what you thought of the widget by commenting this article!

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refurbishing smartphones

Refurbishing Smartphones 101: How to Resurrect an Old Mobile?

So… you want a great deal on a ‘new to you’ phone yeah? Smart consumers (we’re sure this includes you) are increasingly turning toward environmental and pocket-friendly options such as refurbished phones. Resurrect yourself a phone when you get one of the great deals from us. Back Market is an online marketplace that sells refurbished electronic devices. So that you can have your tech fix while saving (a whole heap of) money while also reducing your carbon footprint. Refurbishing is an all-around awesome way to get exactly what you want.

A refurbished phone may contain a mixture of new and previously used parts, reducing the amount of waste and pollution which comes from manufacturing a brand new phone. Plus you will be saving a phone from being thrown out – and who wants to see good tech go to waste?

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