Buying a stolen ipad??

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kibbe17, May 3, 2010.

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  1. macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    If i were to buy a stolen ipad 3g would I have any trouble registering it with apple and also registering for the ATT 3G Service? Here is the link:

    And this just seems farrr too good to be true.. in Brooklyn of all places. Which is what is leading me to believe they are stolen.

    Maybe they're not who knows.. but would I have any trouble if they are??:confused:
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2005
  3. macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Sounds like Mr. Chen is hard at work in NY these days :p
  4. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Why would you want to buy something that you think is stolen?

    Someone is trying to sell it for a little over half-price. It retails for $699. Sorry, this stinks like 3-week old fish, and you should stay away from it.
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I say they're stolen but not because they're in brooklyn (nice way to stereotype there pal) but because they're $400.
  6. macrumors member

    May 1, 2010
  7. macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    The only possibilities are scam/bait and switch, or that they fell off the back of a truck.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
    I think it is a scam for them to get $400 out of you.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    Or you could get mugged while waiting to pay for the iPad, it happens from time to time.

    The seller has a partner, gets the victim to wait somewhere for the meeting to buy the item, and then his accomplice comes along and robs the buyer. Of course, then the seller comes along and acts innocent.....

    Don't buy stolen goods, look up the thread where someone purchased an iPad that he discovered had a "Demo" mark from the apple store on it....
  10. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Have we not learned anything from the Gizmodo iPhone debacle or is this a joke?

    Look either these are empty boxes full of rocks being sold or they fell off the truck.

    Best case it's a box of rocks and we can all have a laugh when you come back here griping how you were ripped off. (Hopefully, you won't open the box while making the purchase or you could be buying a stay at the hospital of your choice too, so no funny stuff. K.)

    Worst case they fell off a truck, in which case, Apple knows the serial numbers and can easily track you down via iTunes and Mobile Me. And if you don't think they won't send in the cops, just give Jason Chen a ring and get his opinion first.
  11. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Sorry, I knew someone would call me on this, but I know a few people in or from Brooklyn, (friends) and I have seen myself, some things like this around parts like that, ;) if you get what I'm saying.

    Again, Sorry if I offended anyone though.
  12. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Chupa Chupa, I read alot of comments you leave people and typically think they are edgy and funny, BUT, this is exactly the question I am asking, if they could track me down via iTunes or Mobile Me, I never said I "didnt think they wont send cops" and I would obviously not buy a $400 box of rocks and "come back here griping how I was ripped off" I was already planning on legitimately buying one in a store and just strolled accross this add. No need to tweak out...
  13. macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Funny...I read Chupa's post and didn't get the impression he was tweaking out. I thought he was giving you and honest response to your question.

    Bottom line....this sounds like bad news to me. If you were planning on purchasing an ipad legitimately then I would continue on that route. If you buy an ipad you don't want to spend time worrying if the cops will break down your door and confiscate your purchase. :D
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2010

    I wasn't going to say anything, but seriously, if you're considering buying a "stolen" iPad, you're hardly in a position to judge anyone.
  15. macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    He didn't say it was stolen. He said IF it was stolen. He doesn't know. It could be some rich old coot that could care less (I doubt it but whatever). However if it did turn out to be stolen then he is asking legit questions. I don't think many people that have common sense have the desire to purchase stolen goods.
  16. macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2004
    Do you work for GIZMODO or something? :p
  17. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Los Angeles
  18. macrumors G4

    Jul 17, 2002
    I will pretend that you are not 15 kinds of stupid. The iPad phones home to perform most administrative tasks. If you purchase and use a stolen iPad, then you are effectively phoning the police to admit your crime while running up a flag to show them where to pick you up.
  19. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You didn't offend me you just seem to lump Brooklyn into this stereotype that is unnecessary. It's unnecessary to your entire story.

    You want an iPad, you want a deep discount, stolen or not I seriously doubt you care. You just want to see if you could get into some kind of trouble for it. In short, you could get caught. Worse off, you could get hurt by the person asking for $400 for a $700 device.
  20. Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    Had a friend buy a VCR from a guy in a parking lot. Got home opened up the box and it was a nice large red brick. The kind you make buildings with.

    If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
  21. macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2008

    I tried to call Jason Chen his number was out of service? Must have lost his phone.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2009
    Hey, at least the brick isn't obsolete!
  23. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    Lol, I guess stereotypes are ok if you just don't lump (lump?, Really?) Brooklyn into it. ;)

    Actually, this is one stereotype (while ALL stereotypes are wrong to apply) that has some basis in universal belief. Probably for good reason.:rolleyes:
  24. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Since you have a feeling that the price is too good to be now, you run afoul of the criminal statute for receiving stolen property.

    As long as a reasonable person would consider the merchandise more likely than to be stolen ... painful lesson.

    Usually, if karma catches up to you they take the booty away and have you flip the seller.


    However if they can give you a nice sob story about it being a gift and they need the money now to take care of a sick gerbil, you should be fine.
  25. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    Seattle WA.
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