Originally Posted by iDuel
That is the risk you are taking as a trade off for a cheaper phone. If you want to avoid all of the worrying and nervousness, just buy a phone from a retail store.
That wasn't the point of my OP. I know all the "ins and outs" of eBay, PayPal and credit card protection and shopping online (I'm almost 70 and have been buying & selling on the net since way before Al Gore invented the internet
). I was simply wondering where so many of these "bad IMEI" phones are coming from. Seems like way too many for people just scamming insurance and/or not paying their bills. Probably 25% of the listed iPhones (and other phones as well) are all "bad imei."