About a week ago I was wandering around my small Manhattan apartment looking for a charger. For some reason I had a bunch of BlackBerrys lying around but no chargers. I guess I had lent out or lost practically all but 2 of my MiniUSB chargers and decided to do something about it. At first I tried charging from the USB on my computer but that is just too slow. Then I tried a AC->USB adapter to charge but USB cables are not as flexible and long as the original BlackBerry chargers.
I then went searching online and discovered that USB chargers are a bit expensive. Even the street vendors in Manhattan want $5 for an off brand charger that will blow up your BlackBerry.
After that I decided to try out eBay. I discovered to my delight that one seller is selling OEM BlackBerry chargers for $2.98 with FREE SHIPPING! In case you don’t know, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. That means that these are actual authentic RIM BlackBerry chargers for $2.98 each!
I was shocked and ordered 7 chargers! That way I never ran out. These guys were good to their word and yesterday I got 7 authentic RIM MiniUSB chargers. The coolest part is that they got here in 2 days since they are located in Brooklyn instead of most eBay sellers that are in Hong Kong.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that newer devices including the 8220 Flip, 8900 Curve, & 9500/9530 Storm use a MicroUSB charger which is a little bit smaller than a MiniUSB charger. This is a pain in the arse since MicroUSB chargers are still pretty pricey at around $14 each. So you can always get a converter cable from these guys for $3.95 with free shipping.