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Is it risky buying a second hand phone from eBay?

Is it risky buying a used mobile from eBay? What if it doesn’t work, for example?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  May. 19, 2011 at 08:35

Would be a hassle returning phone back to seller. You would have to go to post office and pay for certified delivery to have it returned. Wait until return is processed and new one is sent out. Some sellers will not refund shipping charges - you end up paying for shipping both ways.

Chances of getting non-working/damaged/not what you expected phone from eBay depends on how much you are paying for it. Certified business sellers with good feedback tend to charge more than private ones, but you higher chance to get quality product. It's like buying from Amazon vs. Expansys - you pay extra for a peace of mind and quality service.

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CTPAHHIK  May. 19, 2011 at 08:35

Would be a hassle returning phone back to seller. You would have to go to post office and pay for certified delivery to have it returned. Wait until return is processed and new one is sent out. Some sellers will not refund shipping charges - you end up paying for shipping both ways.

Chances of getting non-working/damaged/not what you expected phone from eBay depends on how much you are paying for it. Certified business sellers with good feedback tend to charge more than private ones, but you higher chance to get quality product. It's like buying from Amazon vs. Expansys - you pay extra for a peace of mind and quality service.

mrew42  May. 19, 2011 at 09:11

Depends on the 'problem'.
A friend bought a used HTC Desire on eBay.
He couldn't get it to connect to any network, using a variety of SIMs. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth it transpired that the IMEI had been blocked and hence no ability to connect to any network. He got in touch with ebay/paypal and was sent a return envelope to send the phone back to the seller. Then got a full return after 7 days.
But occasionaly a bargain can crop up....

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