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Old Jul 9, 2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Buying a stolen iPad?

Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying an ipad mini on Craigslist. The guy is selling a 64 gig ipad mini 3g model for 500. Seems very low. If it is stolen what would happen if I tried to activate it? By the way I am not activating it on a carrier just using it for wifi.

Can I test it if it's stolen using my laptop and connecting it to iTunes?
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Old Jul 9, 2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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Don't even buy it, sounds fishy,you can get a refurb from the apple store
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Old Jul 9, 2013, 11:50 PM   #3
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Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying an ipad mini on Craigslist. The guy is selling a 64 gig ipad mini 3g model for 500. Seems very low. If it is stolen what would happen if I tried to activate it? By the way I am not activating it on a carrier just using it for wifi.

Can I test it if it's stolen using my laptop and connecting it to iTunes?
if you think its stolen ask him to meet you in a police station to do the purchase if he says no its stolen
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 12:05 AM   #4
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if you think its stolen ask him to meet you in a police station to do the purchase if he says no its stolen
Police station is a bit much and silly. A local Apple store would do the trick.
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 12:37 AM   #5
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What about a McDonald's? I can activate it there over wifi. He says he has a receipt as well. But if I activate it with my laptop and it's stolen will it lock up?
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 12:57 AM   #6
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I'd be more worried about getting robbed than getting a stolen iPad. That price just sounds too fishy.
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 05:45 AM   #7
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What about a McDonald's? I can activate it there over wifi. He says he has a receipt as well. But if I activate it with my laptop and it's stolen will it lock up?
no its not going to lockup apple doesnt keep a list of stolen items, just make sure you do the purchase in a public place with alot of cameras just in case something goes wrong, I always like meeting inside a bank everybody save and lots of cams everywhere
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 06:58 AM   #8
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Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying an ipad mini on Craigslist. The guy is selling a 64 gig ipad mini 3g model for 500. Seems very low. If it is stolen what would happen if I tried to activate it? By the way I am not activating it on a carrier just using it for wifi.

Can I test it if it's stolen using my laptop and connecting it to iTunes?
An Apple refurbished iPad mini 64gb + Cellular is $549. And you would get a full 1 year warranty.

Based on the Apple refurbished price, $500 for a used model doesn't seem like the price is too low, however, in my opinion I'd rather pay the extra and get a full warranty.
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 07:07 AM   #9
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An Apple refurbished iPad mini 64gb + Cellular is $549. And you would get a full 1 year warranty.

Based on the Apple refurbished price, $500 for a used model doesn't seem like the price is too low, however, in my opinion I'd rather pay the extra and get a full warranty.
Dont forget about tax :[
In my state (LA) it would be $597
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Old Jul 10, 2013, 08:21 AM   #10
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I was thinking about just ordering one from Apple for the student deal where you get a 50 gift card. Thanks for the info guys!
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Old Jul 11, 2013, 10:09 PM   #11
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no its not going to lockup apple doesnt keep a list of stolen items, just make sure you do the purchase in a public place with alot of cameras just in case something goes wrong, I always like meeting inside a bank everybody save and lots of cams everywhere
And another example of why buying anything on craiglist is moronic. If you need security, or armed, to do a business deal, don't do the freakig deal.
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Old Jul 11, 2013, 11:05 PM   #12
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And another example of why buying anything on craiglist is moronic. If you need security, or armed, to do a business deal, don't do the freakig deal.
CL stays in business because most people don't have problem with it.

No need to be armed.
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Old Jul 11, 2013, 11:22 PM   #13
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My suggestion would be to go to an Apple Store or Certified Apple Reseller to do the purchase. They can check if all is in order. But they can't tell if it is stolen. They should be able to set it up for you on the spot. If they can not, then you don't hand over the cash.

You state they have the receipt, so my assumption would be that the seller will not have a problem agreeing to your terms of purchase. If they get buggy about it, walk away.
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Old Jul 11, 2013, 11:50 PM   #14
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I'll probably either do the student deal or just buy refurbished from Apple. I didn't realize the price was so low on their site.
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Old Jul 12, 2013, 10:35 AM   #15
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CL stays in business because most people don't have problem with it.

No need to be armed.
Rather not risk my life dealing with rabble.
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Old Jul 12, 2013, 10:55 AM   #16
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Rather not risk my life dealing with rabble.
You are far more likely to die from second hand smoking or car accident than buying things through CL.

And as others said the price is near market value.
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Old Jul 12, 2013, 10:25 PM   #17
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I don't think asking for $500 for a used mini sounds fishy. It's $159 less than MSRP. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old Jul 13, 2013, 08:28 AM   #18
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I've bought one car on CL, and sold two others. I live outside of Philadelphia, and while an ad on CL brings out some weirdo characters, they've all been harmless. Also, $500 is the asking price, and it's very common to ask for more than you expect to get.
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Old Jul 13, 2013, 02:36 PM   #19
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I buy and sell off craigslist all the time. Sometimes you'll spot a great deal because the seller just needs some quick cash. But don't do anything you feel uncomfortable with.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 10:25 PM   #20
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The regualar iPad Mini Cellular 64 GB is $659, and he's selling it for $500? It doesn't seem low at all..?
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Old Jul 16, 2013, 12:41 AM   #21
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I buy and sell off craigslist all the time. Sometimes you'll spot a great deal because the seller just needs some quick cash. But don't do anything you feel uncomfortable with.
I actually met someone who is now my best mate when I bought my first unlocked iphone 2g. So as the above stated CL isnt always bad, matter of fact here in Seattle i have yet to have a bad experience with it.
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Old Jul 16, 2013, 11:17 AM   #22
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Holy world of paranoia Batman. The comments in here crack me up.

It's a USED iPad. Used SHOULD be less than new. It also should be less than referb in most cases. But remember a referb is a broken one that was fixed.
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Old Jul 16, 2013, 04:46 PM   #23
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Holy world of paranoia Batman. The comments in here crack me up.

It's a USED iPad. Used SHOULD be less than new. It also should be less than referb in most cases. But remember a referb is a broken one that was fixed.
USED but still under warranty, decidedly more valuable than used and out of warranty. A refurb is "like new" in every respect. It wasn't necessarily broken in the first place, it could have been purchased new, opened and returned in the first couple of weeks in perfect condition. Even if it was broken, it's indistinguishable from new.
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Old Jul 16, 2013, 05:09 PM   #24
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Holy world of paranoia Batman. The comments in here crack me up.

It's a USED iPad. Used SHOULD be less than new. It also should be less than referb in most cases. But remember a referb is a broken one that was fixed.
Holy world of Batman what an uninformed comment. Op, comment above me beat me to it. oh well.
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Old Jul 16, 2013, 05:13 PM   #25
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That price sounds a little funny.
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