Where do you shop for smartphones? (poll results)

Where do you shop for smartphones? (poll results)
From small kiosks at shady bazaars, through enormous brick and mortar hypermarket chains, down to a panoply of online stores, getting your hands on a smartphone these days is as easy as getting a bucket for two at your local KFC. That is, so long as you've got the cash on hand, of course. Just where do our readers get their devices from, specifically, though? We wanted to have that answered, so we simply went for it and asked.

The clock is now stopped, and votes are no longer accepted. We have the results. According to them, third-party, e-commerce websites such as Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress are the most popular venue (~39%) for smartphone purchases—probably because you can often grab a great limited deal. A distant second, brick and mortar carrier stores (~17%) are still in style. Sales through physical (~4%) and online (~5%) brand stores are the least common according to our sample.

Here's the full split. Anyone surprised?

Where do you shop for smartphones?

Local carrier store
Online carrier store
Local store of a major chain (e.g. Best Buy)
Online store of a major chain (e.g. Best Buy)
Direct from manufacturers' online store
Direct from manufacturers' local store
Third-party, e-commerce websites (Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, etc)
Other (let us know!)



1. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015


2. 1EXreMAR

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Online stores

3. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

craigslist !

4. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Ebay . P.S. Phonearena please leave the poll's up way longer, you finish them way to quickly.

5. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015


7. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Online/grey market stores - since basically local after sales support for Xperias is trash, no point in buying from official stores for warranty.

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