You don’t have to wait until September 18 to order the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Fold: The foldable smartphone has started surfacing on online marketplaces like eBay.
But there’s a catch — the price of owning the handset before it’s available to purchase in the region is around double the £1900 it will cost when it’s listed on Samsung’s website next week. Even if you could afford the £3800 sellers are asking, it wouldn’t be worth it; the handset is only available in South Korea at the moment, so the shipment would probably arrive after the handset started shipping locally.
This isn’t the first time opportunists have looked to make a quick buck off a new smartphone. When the iPhone first came out, it was only available in limited quantities in select markets, starting with the United States, before moving over to Europe.
That resulted in people overseas taking to the stores to purchase as many as they could to send to Europe. There was just one problem — the people buying the handsets weren’t covered by the warranty; it’s only valid in the country it was purchased.
The same is true for all new hardware, including the Galaxy Fold. More