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StevenOlsen
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Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

I'm paying Telstra $216 for it and it's for sale on eBay for $80.

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Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

The ones on eBay are second Hand. I have seen Gen 2 Smart modems as low as $30 still in there boxes with all accessories for $30 and Gen 1.1 Smart modems for $9 at cash convertors.

StevenOlsen
Level 1: Cadet

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

They are being sold as new not second-hand.

Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

They might be in new condition in there original box but they are not new. Telstra does not sell it modems on ebay.

StrayaM8
Level 10: Junior Detective

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

yeah wtf ive just seen a fridge going for $60 when I bought mine for $400

How is this legal?

Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

This is perfectly legal. There are no laws forcing all sealers to sell goods at the same price, or stopping sellers from even selling goods at a loose.

 

Level 22: Superhuman

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

The sim number for the 4G fall-back is matched to the customer internet service. Also modem serial numbers are matched.

 

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Level 25: The Singularity
Level 25: The Singularity

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

Modem serial numbers aren't service matched (4G SIM - yes). That was only for Cable modems.

 

The smart modems can be used anywhere (even on a non-Telstra service).

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StrayaM8
Level 10: Junior Detective

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

I was just poking a bit of fun, im aware that different retailers can sell the same product for different amounts

Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

Even the 4G SIM isn't matched to a customer until the modem is connected to a Telstra service. The 4G SIM is then recorded against the customers service. If modem is transferred to a another Telstra customer the 4G SIM is automatically recorded against the new customers service when modem is connected to there fixed line Telstra service.

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StevenOlsen
Level 1: Cadet

Re: Why is the Telstra Smart modem cheaper on eBay than from Telstra?

Hopefully then when I break my Telstra contract and have to pay out the modem I’ll be able to sell it on eBay to get some money back but my guess is it won’t be worth much.

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