Fraudulent Mac Retailers

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  1. BiPolar macrumors member

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    Anyone heard of or seen this place before?

    http://shop.vendio.com/macshopz

    THeir prices are pretty much equivalent to my education prices, and some items are even cheaper. Are they legit?

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  2. fraeone macrumors regular

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    Wow the prices are amazing.. Seems too good to be true. Anybody in Vancouver or Burnaby BC and know about these guys? It's interesting that they're based in Canada, but ship from Blaine, WA and the prices are in USD. The Powerbooks beat Edu prices, a 12" 1ghz Combo for $1300 and the Super for $1500.

    I would be very wary of them though, they don't even have their own domain.
     
  3. BiPolar thread starter macrumors member

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    They don't beat my school's 15 price, but they beat it on the 12 by 100. Being a graduate student right now i'd go with my education price and all of the apple support that goes with buying from apple. However, if i wasn't, this place looks decent. But I did some google searches and couldn't find anything about it. Nor was there anything about vendio stores in general.
     
  4. iJon macrumors 604

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    pay with credit card and it wont matter. if they are legit your set and if they arent get your money back.

    iJon
     
  5. BiPolar thread starter macrumors member

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    Quite true. I'm just going to stick with my better than average EDU price, but for those who aren't students, this seems like a pretty good deal.
     
  6. cbz38a macrumors newbie

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    mac whiz

    Did you ever decide to purchase from them after all? I just searched for Powerbooks on GOOGLE and found their webpage. Their prices are $300 less than most others I found. Sounds good if it is true.
     
  7. cpjakes macrumors 6502

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    This seems odd to me...

    I just tried the link and got the following message:

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    Sorry, but this Vendio store is currently closed.

    Sellers occasionally close their store if they are on vacation or are out of stock. Please check back in a day or two or click the Search Stores tab to search for a specific item in other Stores.
    ------------

    If their stock varies enough to close them or if their company is small enough to have everyone on vacation simultaneously, I don't think I would personally buy from them. Just my $.02...

    cpjakes
     
  8. cbz38a macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. FYI ... they have a NEW link http://www.macwhizshop.com
    I have decided against dealing with them, not worth the risk.
     
  9. Squire macrumors 68000

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    Found this info on their FAQ page. (It's the "Training" link.)

    Squire


    Q: How come your prices are so much less than your competition?

    A: We spend a substantial amount of time and resources buying out auctions and companies that go out of business. We inspect all items and only ship brand new, sealed (in box). They are not refurbished or damaged in any way. Since we buy in bulk we may stock a large amount of one item at any given time. This is why you might see a huge price difference between similar items.

    <Edit: Man! They even have an educational discount of 10%!>

    Q: Teacher or Educator Discounts?

    A: Yes, we offer 10% discount. Proof of position must be faxed with order.
     
  10. sahnert macrumors 6502

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    sounds oddly similar to a scam I read about in another thread. Maybe take a weekend to Canada to check it out in person. It might be worth it.
     
  11. kanker macrumors 6502

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    I checked their local BBB, and although the company's website claims they've been in biz for 7 years, the BBB's only been aware of them since October 2003.
     
  12. labratmatt macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone had any dealings with macwhizshop.com yet? I am ready to order an ibook and they have great prices. I just don't want to get into something that isn't quite legit.

    Does apple keep track of resellers? Any suggestons?
     
  13. cwall macrumors newbie

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    Mac Whiz Scam

    I'm a victim of Mac Whiz of Burnaby, BC. I was suckered by the low prices. Ordered an iMac in September and received a FedEx envelope with scrap paper in it. Sellers excuse - his computers were hacked, scrambling his customer order data base, etc., etc.Paid cash thru PayPal but no help there. This seller now has 3 Vendio sites - all with no merchandise for sale. Also, he still has a main web site - macwhizshop.com - pictures and everything. I have alerted the BBB, FTC, and IFCC (FBI). Still waiting for a response. I think there are a lot of these. Suggestions appreciated.
     
  14. Squire macrumors 68000

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    Re: Mac Whiz Scam

    Whoa! That sucks. Thanks for the heads up, though. Good luck.

    Squire
     
  15. pinto32 macrumors 6502

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    But at least they ship almost anywhere.....

    "Shipping and handling in all 52 states in the United States are fixed except for Alaska and Hawaii."
    ---From http://www.macwhizshop.com/shipping.htm
     
  16. labratmatt macrumors newbie

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    cwall, sorry to hear of your problems with this place. I will avoid macwhizshop.com like the plague.

    I am a very experienced PC user wanting to get an ibook. Have you guys found it best to order from Apple store or a reseller? I qualify for the educatonal discount, so that might be a factor.

    Thanks for the information.
     
  17. labratmatt macrumors newbie

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    I did a bit more investigation, and this place does seem totally bogus! (Not that I doubted this before, but I would just love to get an ibook for their advertised prices.)

    I sent an email (Monday) to their sales address, and two days later I received a response (Wednesday) directly from Derald Dutchak, the supposed owner. What happened to their two dedicated internet sales people? Anyway, I decided to call the sales number and received a lame message that said something like "Due to our overwhelming call volume, we will not be able to speak to you over the phone at this time. Please contact our sales team through our internet sales address." Give me a break. 6:00pm est on a Thursday night, and all their sales reps are busy?

    Avoid macwhizshop.com!!!
     
  18. jamekurtis macrumors newbie

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    MACWHIZ LAPTOP

    jeeezz!! my experience with macwhiz was great! almost.
    i ordered a powerbook laptop last week friday the 14th.
    faxed the credit card form and waited for a some kind of confirmation but never got it, by monday i was a little nervous about this whole deal and tried calling the phone number on the web site - no luck! they don't take calls.

    on tuesday after 3 emails i finaly got a reply from mr. duchak
    letting me know that my laptop had been shipped but did not send me the tracking number. tuesday afternoon the fedex guy
    delivered my laptop to my workplace as he promised, i could not believe it
    i was ready to file a report. other than the lack of communication
    everything about macwhiz is amazing, even the price.
    i searched the internet for days and could not find a better price.

    i did get get a reply from mr. duchak explaining that they are very busy this time of the year.


    james kurtis
    happy macwhiz customer

    [Admin Edit: This post appears to be a shill... trying to legitimatize the business.]
     
  19. labratmatt macrumors newbie

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    Ahh, maybe I am wrong. I apologize. Anyone else have experience with Mac Whiz?
     
  20. Italchef macrumors 6502

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    I don't mean to offend anyone posting here in any way whatsoever...but isn't it possible that someone might post under an assumed name to legitimize an online business?
    Just seems to me that there is no way possible that the mac's could be any cheaper than they already are. If you take into account the difference in the American and Canadian dollars, we pay more than our friends to the south. How is it possible that someone could even sell for less than in the States?
     
  21. Italchef macrumors 6502

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    ...and one other thing.
    It talks about the store in Burnaby and some place in Washington...says to drop by and visit.
    There's no address anywhere on the site!!!!!!!!
     
  22. sahnert macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking the same thing......
     
  23. kanker macrumors 6502

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    Two days after a couple of product updates and they're still only showing the old models...Odd
     
  24. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Maybe I'm clueless, but how many "band new, sealed in box" Macs can you find at auctions and companies that have gone under? Can you really find enough unopened machines from a single source that you can "buy in bulk"? Things like old video games and discontinued electronics I can see , but dual 2ghz G5's and Xserves? That just smells fishy to me.

    EDIT: kanker, It's not odd if you believe their store's business model.


    Lethal
     
  25. Italchef macrumors 6502

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    Did you see the guy's pic? Would you trust that kid?
     
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