When buying something online, we tend to be overly excited and want to receive that certain item as soon as possible; and what best place to receive items quickly than buying from Amazon and eBay? But, is purchasing your Trezor Model T or Trezor One hardware wallet from these online shopping sites safe?
Buying from Amazon
SatoshiLabs, Trezor’s company, indeed has official stores on Amazon for multiple countries, so purchasing from their official stores on Amazon should be safe enough; just make sure that you’re actually buying from the official stores, and not from the resellers.
So, should you buy from Amazon? While you’re probably going to be fine, we still wouldn’t recommend it. On some forum posts concerning selling on Amazon, there have been instances that stocks from multiple sellers have been mixed up. This is another possible risk of getting an item that’s being sold by a reseller instead of Trezor’s official store.
Buying from eBay
As far as we know, Trezor isn’t officially selling on eBay, so this is easily a big NO from us. Buying from resellers is simply not worth the risk. Also, take note that there’s a good number of scammers on eBay; not only scammers selling Trezor devices but selling almost anything.
What’s wrong with buying from resellers?
While Trezor hardware wallets are very very difficult to tamper with, there’s still a possibility. Especially when you’re planning on storing big amounts of bitcoin or cryptocurrencies in general on your Trezor wallet, buying on Amazon and eBay just to save a few dollars is simply not worth the risk.
What if I already bought a Trezor Model T/Model One from Amazon/eBay?
If you just recently bought it, we heavily suggest that you simply send it back. Remember, you’re going to store coins that could be potentially worth a lot more in the future. It’s better to buy straight from the manufacturer to prevent potential issues with the device.
Save the potential future headaches and purchase your Trezor Model T or the cheaper Trezor One from the Trezor Official Website instead. That way, you’re guaranteeing that the hardware wallet you purchased with your hard-earned money is coming from the original source.