iPad Bought an underpriced iPad 4 off CL, something smells fishy

Discussion in 'iPad' started by PrayForDeath, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    The sales tax here in Montreal is quite high (15%), so if I bought the 64GB iPad from Apple it would have cost me $805 after tax. I found someone selling it in a sealed box for $650 on craigslist, so I called him and said I was interested. He agreed to meet me right away.

    I checked the model number for the iPad 3 and 4 online (1416 vs 1458) so that I can verify the iPad from the box sticker. I met the guy, checked the box, everything looked in order. 64GB 1458. Then I removed the shrink wrap, and tested the iPad. It fired up right away, but I could not complete the setup because there was no WiFi (gas station.)

    After taking it home, I set it up, and verified that it does indeed have 64GB of storage (was worried about this the most.) I just finished moving my data and apps to it, and it's running flawlessly.

    Is there anything I should look for? Anything I should test? And why do you think he sold it at a loss like that? When I asked him, he just said it's business.

    If I manage to sell my 64GB iPad 3 for $600 (which is reasonable I think) this upgrade will have cost me 50 bucks.
     
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    Ih8reno

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    Did you get it from someone named in the Charbonneau commission? I hear they may need cash for some legal bills soon!
     
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    wlossw

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    It was most likely "hot". But better than a box with wood inside...
     
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    Gav2k

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    It'll be off the back of a lorry. Wouldn't worry about it. Enjoy your iPad!
     
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    Southernboyj

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    Go to Apple's website and type in the Serial number to check the warranty. That should tell you if it was stolen or not.
     
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    notjustjay

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    Enjoy it, I guess, but if the police manage to track it down and come asking for it back...
     
  7. macrumors member

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    When you do a serial number check it should show the date of purchase. If it has a valid purchase date. No need to worry on your end.

    The person that sold you it is probably running some sort of store scam
     
  8. macrumors 65816

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    id be quick to go swap it at the apple store.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Really think that makes it untraceable?
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    All it's telling me is Technical Support: Active, and Repairs and Services Coverage: Active.

    Where does it show the date of purchase?
     
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    AlphaDogg

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    When does the warranty expire? Subtract one year from that and add one day. That's your purchase date.
     
  12. macrumors 65816

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    Only thing I could figure is the seller got the five finger discount when he 'bought' it.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah I found the info on a new page.

    And what does this mean?

    What exactly is a 'validated' purchase date? How does one usually validate it? (website says mine is already valid)
     
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    You're okay man. Enjoy your ipad. You paid for it already, you set it up as new, it's yours.
     
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    notjustjay

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    Anyway, getting a good deal on an iPad doesn't necessarily mean it's stolen.

    Maybe someone got it for him as a gift, and he chose to sell it at a bit of a loss and keep the cash instead.

    Maybe he bought it with an employee discount and has actually sold it for more than he really paid.
     
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Makes sense. How much is the employee discount anyway?
     
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    AlphaDogg

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    A friend of mine works at the Apple store. Employee discount is only 15% iirc.

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    Didn't see your post :eek:
     
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    Southernboyj

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    It was legally purchased.
     

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