Buying unlocked phones from small shops and not big box retailers
I'm looking at purchasing a new unlocked S9+, and found that some small "mom and pop shops" prices are much better than the prices at carriers and big box retailers. Just wondering if anyone has had experience with purchasing new phones from these small electronics/phone shops and if so, if the experience has been good or bad. I can't justify paying that much more from a big box retailer if there have been no issues with the small shops. As for version, they will be confirmed as Canadian versions.
Adding this from one of my responses in this thread:
Thanks all for your input. Aside from my original question, this has given me additional insight and I appreciate it. Now...lets talk about these small mom and pop shops. Since the units are Canadian versions and have manufacturers warranty, there shouldn't be any reason why I shouldn't trust it, correct? Not like they're selling an older version since an S9+ is an S9+ and there's no difference with Android version from the first S9+ to come off the assembly line til now. Of course there are fakes/clones out there, but once identifying it's real, there isn't really any reason why not to pay the cheaper price tag for it. I'm just assuming carriers and big box stores charge what they charge because they have more overhead and because they can.