It is very wise to look at these facts when buying a Brand new mobile from eBay. There have been cases where a mobile has been listed as new but have found to be used when received.
When buying a new mobile the best thing to do is look for a mobile that is sealed. That means the box has never been opened. Doesn't matter the seller says the box was opened to check the items or to take pictures.
Nowadays almost everyone knows how to erase call log information from a Mobile phone and you can also change the cover of the phone to make it look like a brand new phone. Also check the accessories and features of the phone to see if it is actually available in the market yet or not. gsmarena is a very good website for these information and pictures. You can also visit your phones homepage to verify the information for example, for nokia phones go to nokia website etc.
These are some very simple steps to take before Buying new mobile phones. If you need any further information, feel free to contact me.
And of cos when buying anything above $50 use paypal. For international purchase always use paypal.