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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by blownss06, May 26, 2010.

  1. blownss06

    blownss06 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I was on eBay looking at the incredible and they are selling for $550-600. Why would you buy a phone from eBay at Hicks retail cost and have no warranty. I might be wrong about the warranty but if you get a crappy phone you just bought a $500-600 brick. I thought about it because I really want the phone but I think I will just wait and get it cheaper and have warranty.

  2. syntrix

    syntrix Android Expert

    1. The phone is backordered
    2. Ebay/Bing cash back (this still going on?)
    3. Paypal coupons

    So it's possible with all the right codes/deals, you could get the phone heavily discounted, or in less time than it would take to fulfill an order from VZ direct.
  3. GrandMasterB

    GrandMasterB Go Go Gadget Flow!

    Supply and Demand.
  4. blownss06

    blownss06 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I understand all that but what about warranty. There's been people how have already exchanged their phones because of bad ones. Me personally I would want to chance a bad phone and have no recourse.
  5. syntrix

    syntrix Android Expert

    Unless it's sold new, then you probably don't have a warranty. VZ might do something just because the phone is so new, but maybe not! Great question for VZ!!

    Plus you wouldn't be eligible for the $100 rebate either!
  6. Lamarak

    Lamarak Newbie

    My understanding is that a manufacturers warranty( I think a year) goes with the phone, so as long as the seller gives you the receipt of sale, you can still exchange it for defects, like no different as if I buy the phone for my mom or a friend and give it to them as a gift.
  7. jamor

    jamor Android Expert

  8. kriswknight

    kriswknight Newbie

    All of those reasons, and then you get it with no contract as well.
  9. yojoe600

    yojoe600 Android Expert

    i still rember that graph from micro and macro
  10. sontaikle

    sontaikle Well-Known Member

    Well if you don't want a contract, isn't the phone around that price anyway?
  11. milnivlek

    milnivlek Well-Known Member

    Moreover, since so many people are getting SquareTrade insurance on their phones anyway, it's really not much of a difference if you do the same for an Incredible you get off eBay.
  12. If the auctions for this phone are similar to iPhone, LOTS of bids are fake by user accounts that are brand new. It's a pattern common on ebay with cell phones for a variety of reasons I guess. But when I went to sell my iPhone 3G on ebay, the closing bid was over $1,100! haha by a user with 0 bids. I ended up selling it to walmarts buyback program for $170. Anyway, check out the bid history and I'm sure you'll find a lot of bogus bids. Many will be legit too since we who have it are an elite bunch for now with the supply.
  13. milnivlek

    milnivlek Well-Known Member

    In my experience, it's not really accurate to assume that most eBay bids by people with 0 feedback are bogus. Some people may not be regular eBay users, but may have signed on specifically to get one particular item they really want--which definitely seems like a reasonable scenario for hot-selling new cell phone models. So I wouldn't dismiss those bids. Ultimately, the proof is in the pudding: whether the high bidder actually pays up, regardless of their feedback score.

    Granted, such bids do get far more suspicious for phone models that have been around for a while and are easily available at retail.
  14. mrjinglesusa

    mrjinglesusa Android Enthusiast

    Bought mine off eBay because I wasn't eligible for any VZ discounts or subsidies (recently switched to VZ two months ago). Bought from a reputable seller who even threw in the 2GB SD card. If I have a problem with it, I'll take it to VZ under the manufacturer's 1 year warrant.
  15. blownss06

    blownss06 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    From my understanding vzw will not warranty the phone if it wasn't bought from a vzw authorized dealer. Yes you might have warranty from HTC but then you would have to send it back to them for warranty.
  16. blownss06

    blownss06 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Just called vzw and if the phone wasn't our based through a authorized retailer or a vzw store, weather it was new and never activated you have no warranty. I understand the supply and bemand thing but why buy a phone for that much money and no warranty. If it breaks a week after you bought it your basically s.o.l.
  17. mrjinglesusa

    mrjinglesusa Android Enthusiast

    I've had it for almost a month and it hasn't broken so I'm not worried about that.

    If VZ won't fix/exchange it under warranty, HTC will. So what's the problem?
  18. blownss06

    blownss06 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thats if HTC WILL HONOR THE WARRANTY you still have to send it back and be with out a phone for however long it takes to get it back.
  19. blownss06

    blownss06 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Just called HTC and they warranty it from the date it was ship out from them. So I guess you will have warranty. Now I might be tempted to buy one. I am able to upgrade but I don't know if I want to be in a contract.

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