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How does one buy a Droid on Ebay and know it will work?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by jgirvine, May 31, 2011.

  1. jgirvine

    jgirvine Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Based on yesterday's question I posted about buying droid on ebay for my granddaughter to use just the toddler apps, not as a phone, and yalls responses telling me I can do that and how, I am now in the market for a droid. How does one know a phone on ebay will work and not be dead when you get it? (Can you tell I don't really have much experience with this sort of thing here?) Thanks for your help.
    Ginny
     


  2. takeshi

    takeshi Android Expert

    Check the ESN. Other than that, there's little you can do beforehand. Make sure you're covered and can return/refund/dispute if needed. If you don't have experience purchasing with this approach I wouldn't recommend it. It's very easy to get burned.
     
  3. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    Like all things on ebay, you are taking a chance.

    Dont buy from a person that just opened their ebay account. If they have a lot of positive feedbacks, they are not on ebay trying to make a quick buck.

    Also, pay with Paypal. With them, you have 45 days to dispute the item if it is not as described. And they ALWAYS side with the buyer. Trust me... I'm a seller:mad:
     
  4. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time...

    I recall that you wanted the phone to function as a game console for your young granddaughter to use. For that reason having a valid ESN is probably optional. Picking up a phone with a bad ESN would save you money since it can never be activated on a telephone network. At that point the only requirement would be working WiFi and access to a local WiFi network.

    Personally I'd recommend looking for a phone by a top rated seller... or a seller with a lot of positive "recent" reviews. In terms of which phone to choose, you'll need to research that a bit. I'd stick with brands that you know and models that get positive reviews on phandroid and other well known sites.
     
  5. MyNamesTooLong

    MyNamesTooLong Android Expert

    wouldnt meeting up with someone on cl be easier
     
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