Last week we posted a question here on the site asking you guys if you would pay a premium to be able to get the ASUS Zenfone 2 ahead of everyone else. The overwhelming majority of answers said “NO”. We did a quick tabulation of the comments posted on the site as well as on our Facebook Page. Most of the comments fell under three major reasons why it’s better to wait for the official release. Check ’em out below.
1. Warranty keeps you covered and safe
One solid reason that was mentioned by a lot of our readers is that the gray market units don’t have an official local service warranty. This means that if you get a unit that has a latent factory defect that only manifests itself a few weeks after the purchase, you’re forced to pay full prices for repairs. Having an official warranty keeps you safe and secure. The peace of mind that you get is well worth the wait. The last thing you want to do is to fork out hard-earned cash for a lemon.
2. Price is going to be lower
The units being sold on online sites are priced well over the suggested SRP as announced in CES. Unless you’re a technology journalist, blogger, or a diehard super hardcore ASUS fan, there’s really just no point in paying higher to get it first.
There’s also a chance that ASUS Philippines might even price it lower than the actual international SRP. In our exclusive interview with ASUS, they told us that the Zenfone 5 had the lowest price in the world here in the Philippines. Hopefully they’ll continue that strategy with the Zenfone 2, hehe.
3. Quality of Service
Lastly, you’re never too sure of the service that you’ll get when you buy from unproven and untested online sites. We’ve heard of numerous nightmare stories from a lot of our readers about the service levels given by a lot of online sellers (especially the ones who sell on classified ad sites). Combine the inconsistent service levels with the lack of an official warranty and you have a very high level of risk with your purchase. If you will buy online, make sure you buy from online shops that have made a great reputation for themselves already (there are several naman). Just be sure to ask what kind of warranty they’re offering.
And there you have it! Those were the most cited reasons by our readers on why they would rather wait for the official launch. That’s also our recommendation for you guys. Unless there’s a super important pressing need for it, wait for the local launch so you get more value for your hard-earned moolah.