There are a lot of reasons to be excited for the ASUS ZenFone 2, but hopefully that enthusiasm don’t lead you into one of the fraudulent online sellers who are selling ZenFone 2 smartphones at a lower price.
We found out about the alleged seller’s MO in one of the local ASUS ZenFone 2 Facebook Groups. One of the members of the group posted the SMS exchange (screenshot below) that he had with the seller who claims to be part of the ASUS Philippines staff.
The seller claims that consumers can go directly to the ASUS factory/warehouse located in Batangas to pick up the item or they can deposit their payment to the “marketing department” after which the item will be delivered to them within 24 hours if they’re living in Luzon (2-3 days for Visayas/Mindanao customers).
The seller also claims that the item he is selling is covered by 1 year warranty and 7 days replacement.
The amount of information on the alleged seller’s messages will easily sway any unknowing consumer into thinking that he, and whatever he’s saying, is credible. So in order to clarify if there’s any truth to any of the seller’s claims, we reached out to ASUS Philippines for a statement.
An official statement from ASUS Philippines was not readily available at the time of writing, but we were told by one of their representatives that ASUS does not have a factory in Batangas, and that they are not allowed to sell products directly to end users. He added that all ASUS products locally are sold through official distributors and re-sellers in the country. If we’re going to take that into consideration, the seller is not legitimate and is very likely to be running a scam.
To conclude, be extra careful in dealing with online sellers, or better yet, just wait for the official launch of the Asus ZenFone 2 in the Philippines which is slated to take place on May 16.
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