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    Buying a Droid off ebay...

    Well my current phone is broke and i dont have insurance and i think im going to buy a droid. i am finding unopened droids for 350 on ebay. First question if i happen to buy a droid off ebay am i out of luck if the phone becomes defective? What will i need to fix the phone under warranty? Also is there a risk of buying a phone off ebay? Like the seller writing down the ESN number?

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    I'm all against buying on ebay.
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    You run the risk of purchasing a stolen phone. Now people who purchase successfully from ebay probably never even tell us but I've seen more then a few people who got ripped off. It is a bit of a gamble.
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    I've bought phone's off of Ebay before and never had a problem. As usual when buying off of Ebay, check the seller's history carefully and use PayPal with a credit card. You will at least have some recourse then if the deal goes sour.

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    There is a big risk buying a phone off of eBay. What is the seller's rating, have they received positive feedback on other phone sales? I've sold several phones on eBay myself, but I have 100% positive feedback, been an eBay member for several years, and when I ever list a phone, I guarantee 100% the phone is unlocked and ready to use. If you want to PM me the link to the Droid you're looking at, I would be happy to go look at it, and give you my honest opinion. I'll even email the seller to get the ESN number to verify it is not on the lost or stolen list.

    Bottom line is be very aware before making the purchase. Using PayPal apparently can also help if you do get a bad eBay experience but I've never had that happen thankfully.
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    Well there ARE risks to buying a Droid off of eBay... you're dealing with a possibly unscrupulous individual instead of Verizon... at least it isn't an AT&T phone or there wouldn't be any difference!
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    i've purchased phones off ebay and been fine. they were from the big 'stores' though, so they all had perfect ratings.
    couldnt you return it if its stolen or reported lost?
    if you get a good seller, you should be fine.
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    I've gotten screwed on a phone from ebay before. It should be fine if you do your research. Remember, if it's too good to be true, it is.
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    I've sold 5 phones on ebay within the last year. If the seller has 100% feedback with a high sell rating you're probably fine. Ask them for pictures, close up's to be more specific. Any loyal seller will provide them. Stay away with people with low seller ratings ie: 1-5 feedback.
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    Just check the seller rating and you are fine. I only buy items with the price of $100 or more if the seller has a 100% rating. If not, i find a different one.

    I also send them a question to check if they are real and English speaking.

    Ebay is safe if it is used properly.
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