The future for Microsoft-powered smartphones is bleak. But nevertheless, the platform is still supported and will be for some time. The harder part is buying a new phone, since no one is making them anymore, and stocks aren't exactly high.
But if you know where to look you'll still be able to find one.
Microsoft is more keen on selling Android phones these days, it seems, but it's still a great place to get a Windows phone while they're around. The latest hot deal is the Alcatel Idol 4S for $100, which is frankly absurd value. It's a great phone, especially for that price.
You can't buy a new Lumia there anymore, but along with the Idol 4S, the HP Elite x3 bundle is still available with the desk dock, though it costs $800.
If you can buy something there's always a strong chance you'll find it on Amazon. Fancy picking up an old Lumia 830? No problem! Prices are pretty random, but there are a lot of resellers on Amazon, selling new, refurbished and used items, and it seems like there's plenty of choice.
As with Amazon, if there's something you want to buy there's a solid chance you'll find it on eBay. Gone are the days of buying only used products, since many merchants use the platform now as a storefront for new and refurbished hardware.
The great thing with eBay is that if there's a particular phone you want, you'll probably find it.
Whether you're buying or selling, Swappa is a great place to go. There is a set list of conditions that a device must meet before it can be sold, which also gives the buyer more confidence. If the device doesn't meet expectations, PayPal's protection should handle it. Sales go through PayPal so you've got some good options if you're not happy.
And, again, the choice will be pretty varied, though the chances of landing brand new hardware are less.
This is not necessarily the first place we'd recommend you go looking for a new phone, but Craigslist remains a popular enough way to buy and sell items. You're more limited in a sense, because you'll have to actually go and get the item from the seller, so unless you're really keen you'll be keeping to your local area.
And it's always a good idea to meet in a public place to close the sale, with people around, preferably.
Windows Central Marketplace
The Windows Central community is full of avid Microsoft users, meaning there are often devices for sale and for trade. Go check it out!
If you've got a hidden gem we didn't mention that can help folks find a Windows phone in 2018 be sure to drop it into the comments below!