Why are cell phones so cheap on ebay?
April 9, 2007 6:40 AM Subscribe
Why are the phones on ebay so cheap? I can't see where the profit comes from.
posted by spaceman_spiff to shopping (13 answers total)
I'm shopping for a new cellphone, and I figured I might as well look for a phone on ebay. But they're so cheap, I'm skeptical - what's the catch? I understand that some of these sellers require that you sign up for a plan at the same time. Even without those, though, there seem to be a ton of phones that are selling very cheaply (say, sub-$20, including shipping). So is there enough demand for these that the sellers can count on bidding to jack prices way up? Or is there some non-obvious catch I'm missing? (Or an obvious catch that I'm too dumb to see.)