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Friday, 22 June 2018 11:52

Don't Buy Expensive Electronics from Amazon

Written by Eugene Foygelman, Production Coordinator


Amazon sells a lot of stuff. Some of that stuff is expensive. Some of that expensive stuff includes electronics such as cameras, computers, and phones. I advise you not to buy these things from Amazon because Amazon isn’t the best when it comes to making sure your item is legit.

Why Not Buy Electronics on Amazon?

AmazonThe issue with buying expensive electronics on Amazon is that it isn’t always sold by the manufacturer, but by a third-party seller. The product may be refurbished, poorly packed, or even fake.

Cell Phones

When it comes to cell phones, many of them are international variants that will not work as well, or at all, with American carriers. You also may not be able to receive proper support for your phone, either in terms of software or physical support.


For cameras, a good example is this YouTuber who ordered a $6,000 camera from Amazon. Amazon fulfilled the order, but when he got the box it was filled with rocks. ( He then reordered it and got a box filled with bricks. ( Other times you’ll receive random kits put together by third-party resellers with accessories that probably aren’t up to spec.


Finding a computer on Amazon is even harder. Recently I helped someone pick out a computer. He was looking on the official HP website and then found one on Amazon. On Amazon, the computer was not sold by HP, but by a third party. The title listed off its specs; it had a good processor, the pro version of Windows, and a large SSD. However, the listing didn’t include the model number, so when we searched the HP website for the computer we weren’t able to find it: red flags #1 and #2. With my general distrust of buying expensive electronics on Amazon and the red flags, I suggested we call HP and talk to one of their reps. It turns out that the computer had very weird specs like someone ordered it and didn’t do proper research. This computer had a lot of RAM – 32GB worth – but no dedicated graphics card. If you plan on editing or gaming, you definitely need one of those. What most likely happened is that this reseller got their hands on it and put it up on Amazon for a decent price, slightly undercutting HP’s legitimate computers.

Amazon1At first glance, this computer looked great and the listing itself had mostly five-star reviews. Without looking too deep, the listing seemed great. But if you bought it, the computer could have arrived in whatever form, possibly (probably) without warranty, and probably with no chance for proper support.

So, Don’t Buy Electronics from Amazon

Take the safer route and buy from reputable websites. See what kind of warranty you’ll have and what the return policy is. Most of this boils down to the fact that you don’t know who’s selling it, Amazon doesn’t know who’s selling it, and you’ll get ripped off. An Amazon listing might seem slightly cheaper, but when you’re buying equipment or electronics worth thousands of dollars it’s best not to have to worry about it.     

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