1. tlo07's Avatar
    So I had a Galaxy S4 for a while but sold it and went back to my iPhone. I've regretted ever since.

    Saturday night I purchased a brand-new GS4 on Swappa. Now I've convinced myself I'm getting scammed. The guy has 5-star feedback from 9 people but now I'm thinking "How can this guy list 17 phones (new) in the last 6 weeks"? Also, shouldn't he have feedback from all his sales?

    Do you think this guy is stealing phones from somewhere, like his place of employment? Also, if it's new do I still have to worry about him waiting past the 45-day PayPal "safety window" and then having it blocked?

    I've got myself so worked up over this I want to barf. I wish I hadn't purchased it. What do you guys think?


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    01-13-2014 08:43 PM
  2. someguy01234's Avatar
    Not all buyers leave feedbacks. Maybe he's a retailer. I used to buy a new/different phone every month, it's not uncommon.

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    01-13-2014 09:54 PM
  3. bigmatt503's Avatar
    I have sold 2 phones on swappa and only one person left Any feedback.. I consider swappa one of the safer ways to purchase a phone... Remember if you do have problems swappa will only refund the 10 dollar fee that they charge ( PayPal is going to be your only recourse).. But with that much positive feedback your probably just being paranoid :-)

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    01-13-2014 10:03 PM
  4. srkmagnus's Avatar
    What network is the S4 on? If it's got an ESN I believe you can check it through Swappa to make sure the device is clean and can be activated on the network. As mentioned by someguy01234, some people go through phones regularly and this may be one of those situations. Keep in mind that you do have several recourses if you do get scammed and have used reliable methods of payment to dispute a transaction.

    Let us know how it woks out
    01-14-2014 11:07 AM
  5. effreyj's Avatar
    Swappa verifies that the person owns the device and that it has a good ESN (meaning not stolen) before they can sell the phone, so it's one of the safest places to buy a phone.
    01-14-2014 11:14 AM
  6. tlo07's Avatar
    The phone arrived today. It's in perfect condition. The USB, wall wort and headphones were still in plastic. I also had to take all the plastic strips off the phone. AT&T verified the IMEI was clean before I put it on my account. I don't think anyone had ever activated the phone before me and there was a new sim in the box. It works perfectly. I hope nothing bad happens after my 45 day PayPal protection because I am VERY happy with this phone!

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    01-14-2014 08:14 PM
  7. rusty502's Avatar
    The phone arrived today. It's in perfect condition. The USB, wall wort and headphones were still in plastic. I also had to take all the plastic strips off the phone. AT&T verified the IMEI was clean before I put it on my account. I don't think anyone had ever activated the phone before me and there was a new sim in the box. It works perfectly. I hope nothing bad happens after my 45 day PayPal protection because I am VERY happy with this phone!

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    I'm glad it worked out for you, I wouldn't worry too much, with electronic devices, if they are going to fail due to faulty components they usually do so within the first couple of weeks.
    01-14-2014 11:33 PM
  8. Bl00dRunzC0ld's Avatar
    I'm glad it worked out for you, I wouldn't worry too much, with electronic devices, if they are going to fail due to faulty components they usually do so within the first couple of weeks.
    That's not what they're worried about. They're worried about the phone being reported as lost/stolen and having the IMEI blocked.
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    01-15-2014 12:23 AM
  9. rusty502's Avatar
    That's not what they're worried about. They're worried about the phone being reported as lost/stolen and having the IMEI blocked.
    OP stated that the IMEI was checked before activation and was clean, so I assumed now the worry would be a defective unit. ...
    01-15-2014 12:28 AM
  10. Techngro's Avatar
    I purchased a Note 3 on Swappa that was supposedly 'clean', but it didn't stop T-Mobile from blocking the phone two months later for non-payment of EIP by the original owner. Since it's past the Paypal 45 day window, they won't let me open a dispute, and Swappa is no help either. So i'm stuck.

    Just because it's checked before you buy doesn't mean you won't have problems down the road.
    01-15-2014 08:52 PM
  11. someguy01234's Avatar
    I purchased a Note 3 on Swappa that was supposedly 'clean', but it didn't stop T-Mobile from blocking the phone two months later for non-payment of EIP by the original owner. Since it's past the Paypal 45 day window, they won't let me open a dispute, and Swappa is no help either. So i'm stuck.

    Just because it's checked before you buy doesn't mean you won't have problems down the road.
    Ouch, I better watchout for that.

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    01-16-2014 03:40 AM
  12. tlo07's Avatar
    Yeah, that's what I'm worried about.

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    01-17-2014 12:09 PM
  13. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Also glad it worked out for you.

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    01-18-2014 11:41 AM
  14. Euan Tan's Avatar
    I wouldnt be worried since Swappa uses Paypal... I bought this HTC one that had a broken mic and a purple camera bug (i was okay with the bug but not the broken mic) and i just told the sellers that it was not as described.. Swappa admins to me to return it and i returned it. Seller got it. Got my money back and refunded the 10 dollar fee... only thing i paid was shipping.. not bad i guess
    You should be okay

    Edit: glad it worked out well for you !

    and I dont think Swappa allows you to sell Tmobile phones that are in EIP
    01-18-2014 01:44 PM
  15. swhitner20's Avatar
    I purchased a phone on SWAPPA and 10 months later it was blacklisted. Seller wants to do nothing and BBB is doing noting. Buy your new phone from the store. Or you will regret it SWAPPA phones are like a ticking time bomb just waiting to fail.
    11-02-2015 11:46 AM
  16. cautiousconsumernyc83's Avatar
    yes, however, the seller, who is the original owner can report the phone stolen at any time as they have proof of purchase.
    03-04-2017 11:02 AM
  17. cautiousconsumernyc83's Avatar
    You are 2000000% right
    03-04-2017 11:03 AM
  18. Inders99's Avatar
    I purchased a phone on SWAPPA and 10 months later it was blacklisted. Seller wants to do nothing and BBB is doing noting. Buy your new phone from the store. Or you will regret it SWAPPA phones are like a ticking time bomb just waiting to fail.
    I've had plenty of flawless transactions on Swappa from both the selling and buying side.
    03-05-2017 05:43 PM

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