Drones are amazing, and there always seems to be new, exciting things you can do with them. You can take aerial videos with a drone, fly near a volcano or take action pictures of yourself skiing down a mountain.
And as drones become even more advanced and widely used, people are selling them everywhere.
If you want to know where to buy a drone, it’s important to know about the risks of buying a drone from anyone but the official website or reseller. We have written a lot of drone reviews, and we always mention where you can buy your drone at the bottom of the review.
But if you’re doing your own research or come across a site we haven’t recommended, it’s important to know if you’re making a smart choice with your purchase.
Let’s face it: there are a lot of scams out there.
People steal other people’s money all the time online.
I don’t want you to fall a victim to this same practice – ever.
Drones are like any other electronic device: they break. Over time, a drone may crash, not be maintained and start to have problems. Some of these problems don’t present on a short test flight either.
If you plan on buying a used drone, you’ll need to know what to check before handing over your money:
You may also want to ask if the person chose to legally fly a drone, i.e. registered the drone with the FAA or property authorities. A person that takes their drone hobby seriously will make sure that they register their drone.
Places that you’ll want to avoid buying a drone from include:
If you want peace of mind (I know that I do), there are two main places that I recommend buying your drone from:
Amazon is one of the world’s most trusted retail companies because the company is so dominant. Not only does Amazon offer some of the best products in the world, but you can also be sure that you’re getting a great deal on the site.
The company also makes sure that if an item arrives damaged, you’ll be able to return it or request a replacement.
Try telling someone on Craigslist that the item didn’t work from the moment it got home; they will simply not respond, keeping your money in their pocket.
Drones are an expensive hobby, and if you want to enjoy warranties and peace of mind, you’ll buy your drone from the official website or an official reseller. Otherwise, you can never be sure of the drone’s state. The drone may be a bargain, or the drone may be damaged upon arrival.
In either case, you’re going to have a much easier time returning a product or using a warranty when purchasing directly rather than through a person that is selling their drone.
Compare prices, find the best deal and use a legitimate seller to be able to make the most out of your purchase.
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