Buy a phone online or locally?
This is one of the the most frequent questions that I come across online. It is a loaded question, so let us break down the pros and cons to both.
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The Pros & Cons of Buying a Phone Online.
When one is looking to pick up their next smartphone, there is always that internal debate of should I purchase the device from a local dealer or jump on Amazon to grab it. While going online usually offers the benefit of better pricing on most devices, there are definitely reasons that should give you some pause. Firstly, we know that here in Trinidad & Tobago, our local dealers have a wide variety of Samsung & Apple devices.
Matter of fact, there is very little by the way of Samsung that isn’t being sold here in Trinidad. What happens when you want to venture out into the other popular brands on the market like Xiaomi, Oneplus, Vivo, Oppo, Lenovo, ZTE? You will literally find 1 or 2 dealers carrying these brands. Sure you can still get some of the Sony and HTC devices, but these are manufacturers who are currently not in the top 10 of sales for the past few years and have lost exponential ground internationally.
Shopping online gives you 2 major benefits. The benefit of choice, and boy is there no better time to be in the market for a phone. The choices are endless, and can be yours buy purchasing online. You also get the benefit of saving some money, even better if you know somebody coming into the country and can bring it in for you.
However, the cons are big enough that you need to give it some thought, and some people should just not purchase devices online. Warranty and local support is key. Samsung and Huawei both have local authorized repair centers that will fix your devices once they are the Latin American models. Also, if you need a device in a hurry, then you would have to shop locally, as the typical turn around time for a device to come into Trinidad is 1-2 weeks.
Ultimately you, you need to see what works best for you, Online shopping gives you the biggest benefit of having a wider variety of options to choose from to better find a device that suits your needs. However, the lack of warranty and support for those devices can be a problem for a lot of people. Especially when it comes time to get repairs done.
Should I buy a phone locally?
If you need local warranty, and the device immediately, than most definitely. Find yourself a good dealer who you can trust to give you a quality product, a fair price and has a track record for providing service when/if the devices go down. Jump on their websites, Google or Facebook pages and see what are the reviews of the dealers.
Anybody can sell you a device at a great price, but finding a dealer who is selling you a device based on your needs and can provide quality pre and after sales support is necessary. Take into consideration that prices online will always be cheaper than local dealers as the online prices from Amazon do not reflect customs and other costs.
Also, when shopping online most consumers also neglect that most places do not offer warranty. A local dealer may be more expensive, but at least you will have warranty. Shop around if a dealer is charging to much, and find a dealer who gives you a good price, is reputable and has a track record for excellent service.
I tend to order my phones online, I love having the options the world of smartphones has to offer. Most dealers won’t bring in most of the devices because the masses locally do not know about them enough to warrant bringing in devices that won’t have a quick turn over.
Here at Droid Island, I focus on offering a wide variety of devices to you and also provide you with warranty on the devices. I create content to educate everyone on smartphones, so that when you are purchasing a phone from me, you know it was the best device for you.
Weigh Your Options...
Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Everyone’s needs and situation is different. While some may prefer to shop online and get a device that may not be popular locally but is a top 10 device internationally, the lack of support may not work for another. Timing needed for the phone, the cost, options, weigh everything and make a choice that you are comfortable with.