Buying a phone on eBay
I am looking to buy a phone off eBay or Craigs List. I see lots of phones listed as bad esn. I assume that means I will not be able to activate it. So, why do people buy phones with bad esns? Is it to just use as a wifi only device?
- 08-18-2012, 09:19 AM #2
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- 08-18-2012, 09:20 AM #3
My understanding is yes on the wifi only deal but then I know a few guys that will buy them for the extra parts. Screens, casing, boards, qwerty kbs,
Once its listed as bad esn its the same as buying a stolen phone although this can also happen when someone neglects to pay their bill and the company drops them as a customer
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- 08-18-2012, 09:21 AM #5
- 08-22-2012, 06:02 AM #6
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The thing about buying even a good phone on eBay or craigslist is that they could sell it to you with a good ESN then when you leave or a few days later can call the insurance and say it was stolen or lost and get a new phone sent to them and yours will be shut down, just a heads up I've heard this is a new scam some people do.
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Last edited by GiantJay; 08-23-2012 at 12:37 AM.
- 08-23-2012, 01:09 PM #8
- 08-23-2012, 03:45 PM #9
- 08-23-2012, 03:51 PM #10
If on ebay kook at the seller's rating. Choose someone who has been with ebay for a long time.
Regarding craigslist :if the seller refuses to meet you at a verizon store DO NOT deal with him/her. Not meeting you at a corporate store is clear indication not a good deal.
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