iPhone 7(+) New and "Sealed" iphones on eBay

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GoPro, May 2, 2019.

  1. GoPro macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Hey guys,

    Has anybody bought a so called "new and sealed" iPhone 7 on eBay before? If so, can someone please explain to me why they are £130 cheaper than anywhere else?

    Current price of an eBay iPhone 7 ("New and sealed" but no Apple warranty) = £240
    Price of an iPhone 7 anywhere else = £400+

    The sellers have tons of feedback, mostly positive.
    So could they be fakes?
  2. Relentless Power, May 2, 2019
    Last edited: May 2, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Use caution, some eBay listings will consider them ‘new’, when they’re not, they’re refurbished ‘like new’ and sealed. That’s a common mistake buyers make when it comes to iPhones on eBay. Also, if you’re unsure/uncertain, ask questions to the seller, use specifics, like if it’s a ‘refurbished device or if it’s a completely sealed/never used’ iPhone.
  3. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I couldn't agree more here. Be very wary and like @Relentless Power mentioned, send questions to the seller if you're skeptical.
  4. GoPro thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Thanks guys. I've bought it now see I'll let you know what happens
  5. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    I have purchased a number of "new" items both on Amazon and eBay only to find that they aren't new, just repackaged. Multiple times "new" 4K disks with digital copy don't come with the digital code. People buy the disks for the code, remove it, repackage it and sell it as "new". An Amazon wireless headphone set listed as "new" had obviously been opened and repackaged.

    The fact that the item doesn't have any Apple warranty is also a red flag.
  6. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Personal electronics are one thing (among many) I would never trust to eBay.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Great examples here. And if the product includes warranty, that’s like an insurance policy for the buyer, without it, that’s the risk that you take when you buy products like iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, etc. I used to be invested in eBay, and then after reading absolute horror stories of what happened to other members and colleagues alike, I’ve completely abandoned eBay/online buying/selling all together, which has been for the better, because my time is too valuable to be wasted.
  8. blackbirdz macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2012
    Go to Settings > About Phone. If your model starts with:

    M = assuming it is new sealed, unused, this was/is a new phone.
    N = assuming it is new sealed, it was/is apple replacement (factory recertified).
    F = assuming it is new sealed, it is carrier refurbished.

    Check the battery setting, if it is still in peaked performance, I supposed should be good.
  9. Souponastick270 macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2016
    Well I never knew that! Cheers blackbirdz

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