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Old 10-23-2013, 11:11 PM
 
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Is there such a thing as fake phones? The way a Rolex can be fake?

Would you buy a phone from Ebay if you could save a good $100.00 or more..(Assuming the seller has an excellent feedback record and the phone seems to be in excellent shape).

Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:27 PM
 
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I've bought phones on eBay and there's nothing wrong with it. eBay has an aggressive "item not as described" policy. It makes it easier to resolve problems in the event the phone is fake or not functioning as it should.

I'm not sure about AT&T and T-Mobile, but Verizon and Sprint will not activate fake phones for you. They know the ESN of every phone they ever sold. If the ESN of the phone you purchased is not in their database, they will immediately tell you.

Speaking of ESN, these companies blacklist phones that were stolen and/or not paid off. So the key term to look for when purchasing a phone (for verizon and sprint, at least) is to make sure it has a "clean ESN". If the phone has a clean ESN, it should be activatable by the carrier. You'll be able to test this for sure the day you get the phone. However, one way to save yourself time is to ask the seller for the ESN upfront before purchasing. Then call the carrier and verify it.

Like with every eBay purchase, use caution. Make sure to identify sellers that meet your desired criteria. I like to look for sellers that have good ratings and have been active sellers for more than a few years.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I like to look for sellers that have good ratings and have been active sellers for more than a few years.
Probably the reason I didn't have any problem selling my "clean ESN" Verizon Galaxy S3 last month for $320... a great price for a year old Android phone near the end of its resale life.

I've been an Ebay member since 2000... hundreds of positive feedback... 100%.

I'll do the same thing next September when I sell my 5s... will be even easier given the high resale value of iPhones.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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i would ask the seller for the esn and if there willing to give the esn up then that means that there legit if not id'e run from em and once you get the esc providing that they give it to you then i would run it to make sure that theres no money owed on it and it's not black listed
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:59 AM
 
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Start reading seller's feedback. Read the negatives, filter out obvious jerks and sum it up. Then read positives and neutral. Search for the product that you are considering buying. Ask questions and expect concrete answers. If the seller does not answer your question straight or answers like "i dunno" or "if ur concerned about this better by from sumon else, bye", skip it. If the feedbacks look reassuring and the answers from the seller look groovy, bid and buy. Once you get the goods, check them out thoroughly. If something wrong, contact the seller, in about 100% of the cases they are happy to resolve it before it escalates. In worst case, you can start dispute with eBay. In many years of buying all kinds of stuff including high-end electronics on eBay, I had to escalate to eBay just once and it was ruled in my favor, I got my money back. No sweat.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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I have only bought phones that have come directly from the owners and only from owners with all good feedback.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Speaking of ESN, these companies blacklist phones that were stolen and/or not paid off. So the key term to look for when purchasing a phone (for verizon and sprint, at least) is to make sure it has a "clean ESN". If the phone has a clean ESN, it should be activatable by the carrier. You'll be able to test this for sure the day you get the phone. However, one way to save yourself time is to ask the seller for the ESN upfront before purchasing. Then call the carrier and verify it.

Like with every eBay purchase, use caution. Make sure to identify sellers that meet your desired criteria. I like to look for sellers that have good ratings and have been active sellers for more than a few years.
And they still lie. I tried twice to buy a phone. One phone ended up being a drug bust phone auctioned off by some company for Georgia or something. Bad ESN. Requested a refund and got it. Since they never sent me prepaid packing or extra money I kept the phone, eventually ended up selling it for parts/use on Ghetro PCS since I had no reason to keep it and they didn't want it back. The auction said clean ESN and I mistakenly believed it. Could have been an honest mistake.

Second one I specifically asked for the ESN (lesson learned). Got the phone... same phone model, not the same phone. Bad ESN. Repeated the same process again. I never heard back from him, so I had to go through the hassle of lodging a complaint with PayPal.

Both instances were sellers with mostly (95%+ positive feedback). I've had better luck with Craiglist. You usually can talk to the person in person rather than through email and get a better sense of it. It's a hassle because you have to go there in person and conduct the transaction rather than just pay for it and have it show up on your door... but Fleabay and cellphones just haven't worked for me. Maybe I just have bad luck. Alternatively, just deal with the deadbeats that are all over Fleabay (and Craigslist). I just wouldn't recommended if you need the phone soon. In my case I had an ancient flip phone, but I couldn't get email or do anything else on it besides talk and peck out the occasional short text message.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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Anyone ever buy a phone on ebay from Gazelle's ebay store? As a phone/technology buyer/reseller they have some really good prices, and allegedly they've taken measures to cut down on stolen equipment. But I still wonder whether there's a catch.
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