In the interiors of Sector 45, Gurugram, 30 kilometres from New Delhi, stands a defunct OYO property. It looks like the poor cousin of the flashy office buildings nearby. On its third floor is a warehouse, where old mobile phones exchanged on platforms like Amazon are kept. 

Dozens of mobile phone cartons lie outside the main door of the warehouse, which is manned by a security guard who frisks employees before they enter. Inside, in a small cabin, three technicians are auditing the phones, comparing the specifications and condition of the devices with what sellers have claimed.

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Vandana is based in Delhi. She covers vertically focussed startups in consumer internet space and also writes on travel tech and smartphones for The Ken. She has spent 13 years in journalism covering a wide range of subjects- equity markets, mutual funds to education and skilling, working at organisations such as Business Standard, CNBC TV18 and The Week in the past.

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