Reason to keep eBay as last shopping resort :: March 18 2021 :: posted by annalisa

Recently I’ve been browsing for an Android phone (costing $500-600 tops) to use as secondary device to manage my sales; right now I’m using an iPhone 11 that I bought last year, but I can’t get used to how iOS runs on it so I’m selling it and switching to Android....more precisely to a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G which I already bought new on Amazon, but only after an attempt to buy it used on eBay. Here’s the full story.

The eBay seller was selling a 6-months-old S20 FE at a seemingly fair price, in the color I wanted as well, and was willing to ship; so, I got in touch with the guy and asked him a couple of normal questions - namely the battery status’ percentage and if the phone was branded or no-brand. Since his reply was very vague as well as based on incorrect facts, I politely explained him some details he was missing and, again super nicely, asked about the (simple and very basic) data....at which the guy never replied back and simply vanished....WTF!?
The questions I asked are totally normal, and ones every aware buyer asks before buying a used phone; the fact the seller ignored them and answered vaguely at most is a pretty big red flag that he was not a serious seller (despite his positive feedback), and it’s the aforementioned reason why eBay should alwasy be kept as an absolutely last resort for your shopping - but I would avoid it altogether.

Sorry for the umpteenth mini-rant, but I couldn’t not share this and not let people know about the shady sides of eBay - which are the biggest part of the platform actually.
See you on next entry; many cheers. XOXO

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