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.
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.