iPad mini Buying a stolen iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kench, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2013
    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?
  2. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    Don't even buy it, sounds fishy,you can get a refurb from the apple store
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    if you think its stolen ask him to meet you in a police station to do the purchase if he says no its stolen
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2012
    Police station is a bit much and silly. A local Apple store would do the trick.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2013
    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?
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    South Jersey
    I'd be more worried about getting robbed than getting a stolen iPad. That price just sounds too fishy.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    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
  8. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    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.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Dont forget about tax :[
    In my state (LA) it would be $597
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2013
    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!
  11. macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    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.
  12. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    CL stays in business because most people don't have problem with it.

    No need to be armed.
  13. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 8, 2011
    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.
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2013
    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.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Rather not risk my life dealing with rabble.
  16. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    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.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
    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.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    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. ;)
  19. macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    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.
  20. macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2013
    Garden City, MI
    The regualar iPad Mini Cellular 64 GB is $659, and he's selling it for $500? It doesn't seem low at all..?
  21. macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    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.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    Holy world of paranoia Batman.:rolleyes: 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.
  23. macrumors 68030

    May 3, 2010
    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.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2013
    Holy world of Batman what an uninformed comment. Op, comment above me beat me to it. oh well.
  25. macrumors 65816


    That price sounds a little funny.

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