iPhone 4 LCD Digitizers are a very hot commodity on the eBay marketplace, so learn the steps on how to spot a FAKE! Since almost 30% of all people with smartphones own an iPhone, it is very common to find people that have broken, cracked, or damaged their iPhone 4 screen. eBay sellers are here to rescue you….or at least make it seem that way. There are hundreds, possibly even thousands of eBay sellers who pass off bargain knockoff replacement LCD Digitizers as “OEM” or “Original.” In fact, some of these parts are so far off from the original/ OEM part, that they barely even fit your phone!
When trying to look for the highest quality OEM iPhone 4 LCD Digitizer , its always important to take some things into consideration (keep reading). Some of these things may take some investigating. Below are some questions you may want to ask yourself before handing over your hard earned cash to just any seller.
- What is the pricing?
- Where is the product located?
- Do both flex bands say APPLE?
- What is the return/ exchange policy?
Lets get started.
This is the most obvious question to ask yourself when looking for iPhone 4 LCD Digitizers . Prices can range from $27-$69+. You, the buyer, have many options in this case; you can go with the cheap product, the medium priced product, or the expensive product. Here’s the thing, although you can’t tell the quality of a product purely on price… Its a very good bet that if something is priced super low (even if they are claiming the product to be OEM/ Original, they may be taking some short cuts.) The bargain sellers may say theirs is OEM, but the part may only have an OEM LCD with a copied digitizer, copied frame, and copied flex bands. These shortcuts enable the seller to price their goods cheaper, but the buyer ends up purchasing a product they thought was the real deal. In the long run, it will not come anywhere near performing like your original LCD Digitizer.
2. Where is the product located?
Location can be helpful…..in the real estate market. However in this instance you can’t (and shouldn’t) expect the quality of the product you are looking to be genuine. If you are buying the product out of the US, and the price is super, dirt cheap; BUYER BEWARE!! In all fairness to the sellers not everyone in China sells knock off parts…..although this is where a a great majority of the knock off parts come from. And should you, for whatever reason do buy from overseas, it may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get any sort of return or exchange.
3. Do both FLEX BANDS say APPLE?
This is the #1 thing buyers should be looking for! The easiest way to tell if an iPhone 4 LCD Digitizer is knock-off or not is to look at the flex bands attached to the LCD and Digitizer. As mentioned above, some sellers buy iPhone 4 LCD Digitizers with OEM LCD’s, and fake digitizers. If the digitizers flex band does not say APPLE on it, you have a fake. This can have a negative effect on the performance, durability, and functionality of your iPhone. Chances are that if the the digitizer is a knock off, then so is the frame and the flex bands. In this case, your better off not even installing the LCD Digitizer because it may easily short out your circuit board. The flex band test is probably the easiest, and most effective way to tell if the product is a knock-off, but the issue is, you have to purchase the part before you check it.
4. Return/ Exchange/ Warranty
With the iPhone 4 LCD Digitizers, you will see sellers making all sorts of outrageous claims. The reason it is outrageous, is because the warranty in a way voids itself, and really is only used to close sales. You may have noticed that some of these warranties advertise 3 YEAR WARRANTY, 4 YEAR WARRANTY, 6 YEAR WARRANTY. That’s one amazing selling point, but what exactly does that warranty cover? Suppose that you use the iPhone 4 LCD Digitizer for 3 months, and all of a sudden you see dead pixels, or marks on the LCD, will these companies back it up with their “3 YEAR WARRANTY”? The answer is NO. They will tell you that the warranty ONLY COVERS PHYSICAL DEFECTS, AND ITEM MALFUNCTIONS and that your issue is because of “WEAR AND TEAR”. Remember: If the seller had the customers best interest in mind, they wouldn’t be selling you an item with a manufacturer defect in the first place. So their claims of a “3YEAR WARRANTY” pretty much covers nothing. Beware of buyers who have sketchy return/ exchange policies.
Usually if a deal is to good to be true, it usually is So don’t always expect to purchase good quality items at cheap prices.
So now that you’ve read all the ways to spot a fake iPhone 4 LCD Digitizer, you should have no problem finding the right part that will perform just like your original one!