Galaxy S10+ goes "on sale" as spotlight deal at eBay, here's why you might want to avoid it
An interesting thing occurred to us while we were browsing for good deals to report on today. Upon entering eBay's main page for tech deals, we were greeted by a listing for the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S10+.
At a first glance, one could assume that this is some sort of pre-order offer, as the S10 lineup is supposed to hit the shelves on March 8. However, when we decided to investigate further, we were surprised to see that the phone is already advertised as being "in stock" and ready to ship. At the time of writing, 95 people have already bought the phone and more than 340 people are viewing it per hour. This huge interest is due to the fact that eBay has decided to make this offer a "spotlight deal", meaning that the listing will appear first to any user browsing for tech and for phones at the e-commerce site.
Now, we feel obliged to say that eBay offers money-back guarantees for this product and that the listing comes from a top-rated reseller. Still, we can't help but feel that there's something fishy going on here. We understand that some of you might want to get their hands on the S10+ before anyone else, but here's why it might be better to avoid this deal.
Why you might want to take a pass on eBay's deal for the S10+
Even if we assume that the reseller has the Galaxy S10+ in stock and ready to ship (and that's a stretch), there are several important reasons as to why you might want to buy the phone through an official retailer.
While the units sold are unlocked and come with dual SIM slots, this is an international model that doesn't have a warranty card. This means that you'll have to pay a pretty penny if something goes wrong with your phone early on. Furthermore, color options are limited, as currently, you could only get an S10+ in white or black. Also, this type of S10+ is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.
Last but not least, pre-ordering the S10+ through an official store will get you a free pair of Samsung's new Galaxy Buds wireless earphones and in our humble opinion, they are worth the wait.
At the end of the day, we doubt that anyone who bought the S10+ through this eBay deal will lose their money, but there's a high chance that buyers will have to wait till March to get their phones, as the possibility of a third-party reseller having unreleased flagship phones in stock is highly unlikely. When combined with the other factors mentioned above, does this listing truly deserve to be a spotlight deal? Let us know what you think in the comments!