Purchasing used iPhone on eBay: Things to look out for?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by emilioestevez, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. emilioestevez Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
    I prefer 4-inch phones. So sue me! Are there tell-tale signs of replaced (non original/OEM) components on used devices? I'm not buying refurbished, just used and in hopefully mint condition from a casual seller (not a volume seller). What do you look out for when you buy used on eBay (or Craigslist)? Cheers.
  2. Orangeman13 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2015
    Yeah - eBay is one of the most shady things on the Internet. I've been burned too many times by eBay. My advise is to stay away from eBay.
  3. Sarah Jones 799 Suspended

    Sarah Jones 799

    Sep 11, 2015
    I personal stay away from ebay for any phones too many stolen phones and unpaid contracts.
  4. emilioestevez thread starter Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
  5. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    I'd say look at swappa. They verify the IMEIs and don't let people sell junk.
  6. iDan187 macrumors newbie


    Sep 12, 2015
    Ask your seller if all the parts are original and if the phone has ever had any kind of repair carried out. If they tell you no, then you discover that something isn't right when you get it, raise a dispute through eBay and you'll get your money back.
  7. laser310 macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2009
    i've purchased a few used iphones and an ipad on ebay from the gazelle store

    you will pay a bit more than the best deals that you will see from other less well known sellers, but i think it's less risky too.

    the gazelle store takes returns - some other sellers also take returns

    i don't think you will get a phone with a bad imei number from them

    gazelle has several grades for rating the condition of the phones - I have always purchased "very good", which is not the top level.., and they were always pretty much perfect.

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