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

  1. blownss06

    blownss06 Well-Known Member
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    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.
     

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  2. syntrix

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    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

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    Supply and Demand.
     
  4. blownss06

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    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

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    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

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

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

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

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    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. RandomBehavior

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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