iPad mini Need advice with buying new iPad mini on Craigslist

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tmolloy, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Some is selling an unopened iPad Mini 16gb wi-fi only for $425. The price for this iPad Mini is almost the same as the store, but there is no tax, which saves me $40. I hope he'll bring the price down to $410 (no price is ever firm...). Is it worth it to risk buying a stolen iPad? Can I somehow check to see if it was stolen without opening it?

    Here's the link
    And here's the email he sent to me when I inquired:
    Hi Tim,
    Yes it's in perfect condition & still sealed & wrapped. I just have a 64GB Blk Verizon I got for myself when they first came out & have a regular Retina iPad as well, so no need for a 3rd.

    Sent from my iPhone​

    Any advice would be appreciated!
  2. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
  3. macrumors 68030

    May 3, 2010
    Yes, but where's the fun in paying retail when you can get ripped off on Craigslist and have a wealth of fun posts on the forum.
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2008
    first of all it's a 32gb mini for sale, not a 16gb as you stated and second, I would never buy anything from a dude that writes his number like this....80fve-67nine-12zero6.

    He may as well have just said the price was 425 roses........
  5. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    hahahaha...best post ever!
  6. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    NEVER buy anything "sealed" in the box without opening the box before you buy it. Scammers can reseal a box.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    Whenever I search for "ipad mini" on Craigslist, I see a good number of crazy-low asking prices but convincing descriptions. Like, a 64gb wi-fi model for only $425 and similar. But then I realized that they're probably just collecting email addresses from the lots of interested people.

    I've had good experiences with Craigslist in the past, but this [seemingly] new trend alone is putting me off from going that route this time.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    I bought mine on craigslist. I subtly asked during our texting if they had a receipt for the iPad and if I could open it as the seller stated it was sealed. I explained why I asked those things and they were very willing to assist me before forking over my money. If you feel comfortable with the seller, proceed. If you do not or do not agree on a price, move on. Its not worth your or the sellers hassle.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Thanks for your comments and sorry for the typo. Its a new 32gb iPad Mini wi-fi only. I talked him down to $400. From his emails he sounds legitimate. I asked to meet in a public place and I'm going to open the box and turn on the ipad to make sure it works. I'll also check the serial number on this website from my iphone before I hand over the cash.

    Anything else that I should do before I pay him?
  10. macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Yes, suck it up and pay the tax and buy from Apple or a reputable retailer. You get a 30 day buyers remorse with most retailers and a 14 day from Apple. If something is wrong with the device it's easier to get it exchanged for a working unit.
  11. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Don't do the deal if the seller won't open the box and let you see the iPad and verify that it works.
  12. macrumors 603


    Aug 3, 2006

    The warranty is likely already started, so the OP could be losing nearly a quarter of the warranty.
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Well, my wife and I met the guy at a starbucks last night. Nothing about his manner made me suspicious and he let me open the box, start up the ipad, and check the serial number for the warranty. The ipad worked as expected. I connected it to wifi, checked for updates, and checked the warranty. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Plus the warranty is good for a full year, not from the purchase date, but from yesterday--the day I registered it.

    I figured if he was ok with me opening the box and checking the warranty, then he is most likely telling the truth. There is no way to 100% prevent being conned, but if you don't act like an easy target, they usually will back out. Craigslist is risky, but there are still legitimate deals out there.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    Sounds like you got it then. Enjoy your new iPad! :)

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