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Is it safe to buy an iPhone 5 on eBay?

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It is safe to buy new and used iPhone 5 devices from eBay as long as the device is purchased from a reputable seller. It is important that the buyer carefully reads each item description, as used iPhones on eBay may not be in working condition or have significant damage.

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Buyers should be wary of counterfeit, broken and stolen devices being sold on eBay. Experts recommend carefully examining the pictures associated with a listing and not to trust stock photography for a used device. A price that's too good to be true is another red flag as the device may not be a genuine Apple product or it may not have a clean IMEI due to being stolen. A device without a clean IMEI can not be registered and used with a mobile provider.

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