I have seen Se vende solo por renovación on lots of sites similar to ebay.

What does this mean? Does it mean the product needs to be repaired?

This is Chilean spanish, if that matters.

  • I could be totally wrong, but I believe it means something like "I'm only selling it because I bought a new one". Commented May 15, 2017 at 1:54
  • That sentence uses a form of se called "se impersonal". We have plenty of questions about it on this site. You could also check the RAE for more about the se impresonal. Renovar indeed means renew. They just got a newer/better one and they are selling the current/older one.
    – Diego
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 3:02
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    Voting to reopen. I'd like to know if it means that the item is being sold for parts. (I.e. it doesn't work but the parts could be recycled.) Or maybe it means "refurbished"? Commented May 16, 2017 at 1:51
  • @aparente001 my understanding is that something is being sold not because it is old, but because the house/office/whatever is being renovated, so the piece is now obsolete to the new styling. Imagine a blue sofa, for example, that cannot fit in a house that is being painted red.
    – fedorqui
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 8:21
  • @fedorqui - How does that fit for electronics, though? Commented May 16, 2017 at 17:07

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Like others mentioned before, it means the owner is selling the item because he or she got a better one. This is the usual case when you purchase a new phone while your current one is already working. You put it on sale and remark that you are selling it because you got a newer and better one, and not because it has any defect or is not working, so potential buyers feel more confident.

  • I would add that it is a marketing phrase. Since it usually indicates that the product should have an important discount, although not always so.
    – jasilva
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 16:59

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