1. IIDXholic's Avatar
    Yesterday I won an auction on eBay for a New 950 for 271.50. I thought to myself I got a great deal until I started looking into the seller and his location. I could of sworn I put North America only, but I guess not. Anyone have a positive experience from buying from these sellers overseas? The seller I specifically purchased from was topurch at topurch on eBay
    09-30-2016 08:59 AM
  2. gordonfink's Avatar
    Their feedback overall isn't bad, but there are a few instances of people saying they got refurbs, not new. I would look carefully at the phone when you get it to make sure it's new, then test it out. Their return policy says 14 days, but you probably actually have 30 with ebay.

    The item location says US, but it takes 1-2 weeks for shipping, so it may be drop shipped from abroad.

    I have only bought parts, not whole phones, from China/Hong Kong. That's hit or miss, but since it's eBay, refunds go pretty smoothly.

    I have bought whole phones from Russia, England, and Israel, but they were private sellers, and they all went fine, other than waiting forever for shipping.

    Good luck.
    aximtreo likes this.
    09-30-2016 10:32 AM
  3. IIDXholic's Avatar
    Thanks. Okay I knew I was right when I read the item location being in the US. I know eBay's policy greatly benefits Buyers, so I wouldn't have an issue returning the item if needed, its just the long process I don't want to deal with, if I have to utilize that option. I will let everyone know how it goes once I get it in 2 weeks. 270.00 is a great price consider the phone is New.
    09-30-2016 10:49 AM
  4. gordonfink's Avatar
    sometimes these overseas sellers will push hard to do a partial refund due to shipping costs. If there's an issue, you may have to be persistent, as they run you around a little first.
    aximtreo likes this.
    09-30-2016 10:51 AM
  5. xandros9's Avatar
    I don't hold sellers in Hong Kong or China as inherently sketchier and it depends on the individual seller.

    However, across the board I generally expect significantly longer shipping times.
    libra89 likes this.
    09-30-2016 11:41 AM
  6. AuraTigital's Avatar
    I got my 950xl from Hong Kong, handled by Lazada. Had no issues/problems and it's running super well so far. Only thing is the phone might be set to Chinese by default. Even though I'm Chinese I had trouble setting the language at the start. My Chinese is terrible.
    09-30-2016 12:53 PM
  7. rollindice's Avatar
    Hong Kong sellers are great, they also are looking for a good business rep, some are through ebay and some have their own websites, I purchased many Lumia phones from 1ShopMobile.com - Buy Unlocked Mobile Phones and Accessories ,it's all up to the individual seller.i try best to purchase from reputable HK dealers like 1shopmobile that also have distributors in US.
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    10-02-2016 04:57 AM
  8. IIDXholic's Avatar
    So the phone is here, but I'm a little peeved. It wasn't sealed, but according to eBays definition of New, it doesn't have to be, just in the retail packing. This is also a single sim version and the ad HTML states BLACK, but item specifics state its WHITE, in which I did receive white. Upon booting up the ATT symbol comes on, does that mean its locked to a carrier?
    Last edited by IIDXholic; 10-09-2016 at 11:39 PM.
    10-09-2016 11:12 PM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    So the phone is here, but I'm a little peeved. It wasn't sealed, but according to eBays definition of New, it doesn't have to be, just in the retail packing. This is also a single sim version and the ad HTML states BLACK, but item specifics state its WHITE, in which I did receive white. Upon booting up the ATT symbol comes on, does that mean its locked to a carrier?
    Yeah, it might be. :( Try going to the dial pad and type in this code: ##7820#

    If you see a padlock locked, it is locked. If it shows like it is unlocked, it is unlocked, just AT&T branded.
    xandros9 likes this.
    10-10-2016 09:21 AM
  10. rollindice's Avatar
    yeah that's the code to check
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    10-10-2016 09:21 AM
  11. Grodelj's Avatar
    Yeah, it might be. :( Try going to the dial pad and type in this code: ##7820#

    If you see a padlock locked, it is locked. If it shows like it is unlocked, it is unlocked, just AT&T branded.
    Mine shows a SIM card and locked padlock symbol over it, but phone is 100% unlocked, bought directly from MS.
    10-10-2016 01:31 PM
  12. Matjaz Erj's Avatar
    Mine to, but is unlocked from Microsoft store.
    10-10-2016 01:39 PM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    Mine shows a SIM card and locked padlock symbol over it, but phone is 100% unlocked, bought directly from MS.
    Hmm, and you bought a dual sim, right?
    10-10-2016 01:59 PM
  14. Grodelj's Avatar
    Hmm, and you bought a dual sim, right?
    No, single SIM.
    10-12-2016 04:29 PM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    No, single SIM.
    Hmm, that's interesting.
    10-12-2016 04:33 PM
  16. gordonfink's Avatar
    Mine shows a SIM card and locked padlock symbol over it, but phone is 100% unlocked, bought directly from MS.
    For some reason I don't get, sometimes the direct from manufacturer ones will show the lock symbol, even if they're unlocked, when you do the keypad thing.

    Not sure why, I suppose it's because they've never had a code entered into them, so it shows that. Happened with Nokias as well.
    libra89 likes this.
    10-17-2016 02:23 PM

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