Re: Bidding on a 5s on EBay
Never put a bid in higher than what you are willing to spend.
If your budget is $650 for a new iPhone, that is your max bid. You know you could be spending up to $650 but depending on the auction activity it could be lower. You could also lose an auction this way.
If you are willing to go that close to retail, pay the retail price at a retail store.
I'm going to trust a brick and mortar store more than I would an eBay seller. Granted, there are security measures in place to protect buyers and sellers alike online. This is a matter of preference, but personally I would rather shake someone's hand after giving them that much of my hard earned money rather than **** it away on a transaction gone bad.
Craigslist is no safer than standing out on a street corner and scalping tickets
I have been personally cheated out of fair deals by sellers that have provided less than honest assessments of their equipment. I've had phones that were alleged warranty replacements or customer exchanges that should have been completed by mail and were not. I had been sold one phone when that device should have been returned to the carrier for either warranty service or worry-free exchanges. Thankfully it wasn't just my own blind stupidity in the matter and I could get assistance from the carrier to address the situation.
There are honest sellers on eBay and Craigslist. I'm happy to say I'm one of them, but the headaches involved usually outweigh the potential profits.