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  1. PaulOBrien

    Pixel 2 64GB Black Mint £400

    Pixel 2 64GB, Black, Mint condition with box, charger etc., £400 inc RMSD.
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    How to buy from 'grey importers' (and should you?) 

    No customs risk. It'll ship from the UK if they happen to be holding stock else China to UK warehouse then on, no customs risk.
  3. On Twitter, one of the most common questions I get asked is 'should I buy from this site, the price seems too cheap?'. The site in question is normally one of the big grey importers, such as eGlobalCentral, Tobydeals, Quality Deals. So what are they, why are they so cheap and should you use them? A grey importer is a site that sells devices originally intended for sale in another country, in the UK. This means that they can get the device potentially cheaper abroad and still sell it in the UK at a reduced price, even after (theoretically) paying all applicable taxes and shipping. As a consumer, what are the implications of using these sites? Aside from the fact that what you buy may have the wrong plug on, the obvious one is around warranties. As the devices aren't intended for the UK, making a warranty claim with the manufacturer is going to be complex at best, potentially expensive if you need to return the device and completely impossible at worst. What about returns to the seller? Again, as the companies are not UK based you won't receive the same consumer protection you would here, but there's no doubt the discounts are very appealing. If you do decide to take the plunge, there's a few things you can do to protect yourself and help smooth the process. The first thing to understand is that you're unlikely to get your product quickly. The way things seem to work is that the seller will ship from abroad (typically China) to a UK 'warehouse' who will then ship on to you, removing any risk of import taxes for the buyer. This is OK, but it often takes a while unless there just so happens to be local stock, so you'll have a bit of a wait. The actual purchase and delivery process can also be a bit strange because of the process involved. Many sellers like to issue a local tracking number soon after order confirmation, however this number will then appear to 'do nothing' while the package makes its way to the UK, before suddenly showing progress as the UK leg of the shipment begins. We said above that normal buyer protections don't apply, but what can you do to help protect yourself in the event of an issue or dispute? We've learned the hard way, but always, always try and pay using either PayPal or your credit card. Both offer buyer focused protection policies which don't necessarily guarantee you'll see a positive outcome, but do tip things in your favour. Always opt for shipping insurance. Even more important than this is to document everything as evidence should issues arise later. When the package arrives? Take a photo. When you open and unbox it? Video it in case there's problems. If you find issues later? Make the problem as clear as possible with media you can share with both the seller and the payment handler. Follow the above and chances are you'll be OK. Ultimately you need to decide... Is the risk worth the reward? I recently purchased a Gear Sport from eGlobalCentral. UK street price - £250. Their price - £155. Saving - 38%. It's easy to see why these sites are very popular. One final tip for this piece - many grey importers offer cashback via the main UK cashback sites such as Quidco or Topcashback, so always remember to check there before buying. How has your experience of these sites been? Share in the comments! View full item
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    How to buy from 'grey importers' (and should you?) 

    Delivery will probably be a little longer in my experience but that aside, no, no real catch.
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    MoDaCo and GDPR - a quick guide

    We've had a few questions sent in to the support team around MoDaCo and GDPR, so this post is a quick reminder of key aspects of how we handle your data and how you can exercise your GDPR rights. We've kept it short and simple to make things easy to understand. Consent We will not send non transactional site emails to anyone who didn't explicitly opt in to them, a sign up change we made recently. You can change this setting after signup by editing your profile on the sent. Removal If you wish to be removed from the site completely, simply use the contact form at the bottom of every single page. This will raise a ticket with our support team, who will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible to confirm this is complete. Any content you posted will no longer be credited to your username. Export We can provide an export of your profile and your content for data portability reasons. Again, use the contact form to raise a ticket with our support team. Correction If you feel any information about you is incorrectly represented on the site, please raise it with us and we will investigate. Other If you have any questions at all, we're here to help. Drop us a ticket, again using the contact form at the bottom of every page, and one of the team will be in touch. Thanks for being part of MoDaCo!
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    MoDaCo and GDPR - a quick guide

    We've had a few questions sent in to the support team around MoDaCo and GDPR, so this post is a quick reminder of key aspects of how we handle your data and how you can exercise your GDPR rights. We've kept it short and simple to make things easy to understand. Consent We will not send non transactional site emails to anyone who didn't explicitly opt in to them, a sign up change we made recently. You can change this setting after signup by editing your profile on the sent. Removal If you wish to be removed from the site completely, simply use the contact form at the bottom of every single page. This will raise a ticket with our support team, who will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible to confirm this is complete. Any content you posted will no longer be credited to your username. Export We can provide an export of your profile and your content for data portability reasons. Again, use the contact form to raise a ticket with our support team. Correction If you feel any information about you is incorrectly represented on the site, please raise it with us and we will investigate. Other If you have any questions at all, we're here to help. Drop us a ticket, again using the contact form at the bottom of every page, and one of the team will be in touch. Thanks for being part of MoDaCo! View full item
  7. For Android users (or maybe it's just me), there's little that compares to the joy of getting a system update. By the same token, there's little that is as frustrating as the dreaded 'staged rollout', aka everyone else getting updates before you. If you are a OnePlus owner, Oxygen Updater is here to ease your pain! Free from the Google Play Store with a 89p ad removal option, Oxygen Updater works with all OnePlus devices since the OnePlus 2 and checks online for new updates. When they appear, the application notifies you, provides a direct link to download and includes instructions on how to use the built in OnePlus updater to manually apply the update. I've recently started using a OnePlus 6 and it's great - updates are coming thick and fast right now and I can get them straight away. With over 100,000 downloads, Oxygen Updater is clearly filling a need, now if only we could get the same for other manufacturers *cough* Huawei *cough*... Head to the Play Store to download or the Oxygen Updater site for more details. View full item
  8. For Android users (or maybe it's just me), there's little that compares to the joy of getting a system update. By the same token, there's little that is as frustrating as the dreaded 'staged rollout', aka everyone else getting updates before you. If you are a OnePlus owner, Oxygen Updater is here to ease your pain! Free from the Google Play Store with a 89p ad removal option, Oxygen Updater works with all OnePlus devices since the OnePlus 2 and checks online for new updates. When they appear, the application notifies you, provides a direct link to download and includes instructions on how to use the built in OnePlus updater to manually apply the update. I've recently started using a OnePlus 6 and it's great - updates are coming thick and fast right now and I can get them straight away. With over 100,000 downloads, Oxygen Updater is clearly filling a need, now if only we could get the same for other manufacturers *cough* Huawei *cough*... Head to the Play Store to download or the Oxygen Updater site for more details.
  9. The MoDaCo Classified Ads section is now open and allows you to buy and sell for free! Available at https://classifiedads.modaco.com, the section is open to all registered members and has some basic rules posted for everyone's benefit. It's worth noting that MoDaCo assumes no liability for any sales conducted in the forum, so use common sense when arranging a transaction. We have a feedback area for leaving buyer / seller feedback and also a wanted section if there's something you are specifically looking for. Finally, should you wish to find out about newly posted deals as quickly as possible, you can subscribe to the forum area or follow @MoDaCoAds on Twitter. Enjoy!
  10. The MoDaCo Classified Ads section is now open and allows you to buy and sell for free! Available at https://classifiedads.modaco.com, the section is open to all registered members and has some basic rules posted for everyone's benefit. It's worth noting that MoDaCo assumes no liability for any sales conducted in the forum, so use common sense when arranging a transaction. We have a feedback area for leaving buyer / seller feedback and also a wanted section if there's something you are specifically looking for. Finally, should you wish to find out about newly posted deals as quickly as possible, you can subscribe to the forum area or follow @MoDaCoAds on Twitter. Enjoy! View full item
  11. Selling my EE 4G Action Cam with Remote Control Watch, mint, boxed and unlocked, £30 inc postage. I recently bought a GoPro so it's surplus to requirements!
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    Wyzecam Camera, £35 inc

    Wyzecam Camera, as new, £35 Inc delivery. Personally imported by me, for sale as I have a new one on the way. Awesome little camera with free cloud recording. Details: https://www.wyzecam.com/wyze-cam/
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    Wyzecam Camera, £35 inc

    There is. Email received and sold subject to payment!
  14. PaulOBrien

    Xiaomi 720P IP Camera, £20 inc

    Xiaomi 720P IP Camera, Chinese version, £20 Inc.
  15. PM me if you want to go ahead @jonep.
  16. Just set the device up from scratch and streamed fine!
  17. Are you having trouble logging into Samsung services on your non-Samsung device? You're not the only one. If you want to log into SmartThings for example (which we covered in this post), you may be presented with a screen telling you that your web browser is unsupported and you need to install the Samsung browser. Which is fine, except that doesn't work either. Thankfully, we have a fix for you! What you need to do is install the Samsung Account APK, pulled from a Samsung device, then instead of seeing this... You'll see this... You can then successfully log in! Keep this bookmarked for when you next change your device. View full item
  18. Are you having trouble logging into Samsung services on your non-Samsung device? You're not the only one. If you want to log into SmartThings for example (which we covered in this post), you may be presented with a screen telling you that your web browser is unsupported and you need to install the Samsung browser. Which is fine, except that doesn't work either. Thankfully, we have a fix for you! What you need to do is install the Samsung Account APK, pulled from a Samsung device, then instead of seeing this... You'll see this... You can then successfully log in! Keep this bookmarked for when you next change your device.
  19. Hmm, it worked last time I tried it @jonep. I'll check over the weekend!
  20. Now and again after updating a device, I get the weird issue where some of the navigation buttons are missing, the notification shade won't pull down and various other bits of the phone are broken. It's really annoying and kinda hard to fix. What's happening behind the scenes is that the phone has become 'unprovisioned', which normally needs a hard reset to resolve. That's drastic, so I've created an app that will help. 'Reprovision', free on the Google Play Store, resolves the issue by giving you the ability to re-run your devices setup wizard. One of the weird things about the problem is that when it occurs, apps don't like to install properly from the Play Store, so it's worth keeping Reprovision installed should the problem afflict you in the future. It's free, and hopefully this will save someone a hard reset! View full item
  21. Now and again after updating a device, I get the weird issue where some of the navigation buttons are missing, the notification shade won't pull down and various other bits of the phone are broken. It's really annoying and kinda hard to fix. What's happening behind the scenes is that the phone has become 'unprovisioned', which normally needs a hard reset to resolve. That's drastic, so I've created an app that will help. 'Reprovision', free on the Google Play Store, resolves the issue by giving you the ability to re-run your devices setup wizard. One of the weird things about the problem is that when it occurs, apps don't like to install properly from the Play Store, so it's worth keeping Reprovision installed should the problem afflict you in the future. It's free, and hopefully this will save someone a hard reset!
  22. Samsung's SmartThings Starter Kit, which normally retails for £199 is currently £125 on Amazon and best of all, it's actually rather good. In the starter kit you'll find the hub, a plug, a multi-sensor, a motion sensor and a presence sensor. So why is it a good buy? In the smart home world, many devices run on the Z-Wave standard. Many others run on the Zigbee standard. SmartThings supports both of these, which makes it pretty unique in the market. If you want to mix and match devices from other manufacturers as well as those from Samsung themselves, it's an excellent choice. It won't work with everything, for example Lightwave has its own proprietary protocol, but for those devices, there's another option within SmartThings - custom integration scripts that let you integrate with other hubs and services. Written in a language called 'Groovy', they are incredibly powerful and work really well. Best of all, thanks to the popularity of the SmartThings ecosystem, there are lots of them already created and ready to go within the SmartThings community site. Let me talk about how I use Smartthings in my home. I have the hub plugged in, invisible, in a cupboard in the centre of the house. I have various plugs about the house with things like electric blankets, fans, home theater gear etc. Not all those plugs are Smartthings - Hive plugs use Zigbee so work fine with Smartthings and I prefer their design, so I've added some of those. The multi-sensor is on my garage door, so I can tell if it's open or closed, moving and what the temperature is out there. The motion sensor is in the house and can alert when my daughter comes in from school, or any unexpected movement while we're away, all configured using Smartthings' own smart recipes and also IFTTT integrations if needed. The presence sensor is in my bag so I can trigger things automatically when I get in from work. I have a water leak sensor connected up from a generic manufacturer, again using Z-Wave. I have our Hive heating added in SmartThings , plus our Harmony universal remote and a number of other third party services. I have our Hue lights added too, directly on the Samsung hub. Our UniFi cameras can be used to trigger motion detection events. Oh, and we have LIFX Wi-Fi bulbs too! Most connected things we have I have been able to get working, which is incredibly powerful. It's all controlled by the SmartThings app on Android which is actually pretty good, easy enough for anyone to use in the house and best of all, it's reliable. The real selling point of SmartThings is that it is easy to configure yet powerful, can be added to bit by bit and it just works. As an entry point to a connected home I think it's unbeatable. Tempted? Head on over to Amazon to grab the deal!
  23. Samsung's SmartThings Starter Kit, which normally retails for £199 is currently £125 on Amazon and best of all, it's actually rather good. In the starter kit you'll find the hub, a plug, a multi-sensor, a motion sensor and a presence sensor. So why is it a good buy? In the smart home world, many devices run on the Z-Wave standard. Many others run on the Zigbee standard. SmartThings supports both of these, which makes it pretty unique in the market. If you want to mix and match devices from other manufacturers as well as those from Samsung themselves, it's an excellent choice. It won't work with everything, for example Lightwave has its own proprietary protocol, but for those devices, there's another option within SmartThings - custom integration scripts that let you integrate with other hubs and services. Written in a language called 'Groovy', they are incredibly powerful and work really well. Best of all, thanks to the popularity of the SmartThings ecosystem, there are lots of them already created and ready to go within the SmartThings community site. Let me talk about how I use Smartthings in my home. I have the hub plugged in, invisible, in a cupboard in the centre of the house. I have various plugs about the house with things like electric blankets, fans, home theater gear etc. Not all those plugs are Smartthings - Hive plugs use Zigbee so work fine with Smartthings and I prefer their design, so I've added some of those. The multi-sensor is on my garage door, so I can tell if it's open or closed, moving and what the temperature is out there. The motion sensor is in the house and can alert when my daughter comes in from school, or any unexpected movement while we're away, all configured using Smartthings' own smart recipes and also IFTTT integrations if needed. The presence sensor is in my bag so I can trigger things automatically when I get in from work. I have a water leak sensor connected up from a generic manufacturer, again using Z-Wave. I have our Hive heating added in SmartThings , plus our Harmony universal remote and a number of other third party services. I have our Hue lights added too, directly on the Samsung hub. Our UniFi cameras can be used to trigger motion detection events. Oh, and we have LIFX Wi-Fi bulbs too! Most connected things we have I have been able to get working, which is incredibly powerful. It's all controlled by the SmartThings app on Android which is actually pretty good, easy enough for anyone to use in the house and best of all, it's reliable. The real selling point of SmartThings is that it is easy to configure yet powerful, can be added to bit by bit and it just works. As an entry point to a connected home I think it's unbeatable. Tempted? Head on over to Amazon to grab the deal! View full item
  24. PaulOBrien

    Aced Chromebook R11 - White - Mint - SOLD HERE

    There's a feedback and id sub forum in the classifieds forum.
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