iPad question about buying from craigslist

Discussion in 'iPad' started by haniel008, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2013
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    $400 seems a bit cheap. My main concern would be how they got that picture if it's sealed in the box.
  3. macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Yup was thinking the same. ;)
  4. macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Of course it wouldn't hurt to call and meet in a Starbucks. Just ask if you can open it to confirm before purchase. If not, I'd avoid it.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2013
    do i still need to check the serial once i opened it and confirmed that its an ipad mini?
  6. Infinite Jest, Feb 20, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Harrisonburg, Va
    I sincerely doubt that this will pan out for you. If you have an email address that you don't care about (or use for these kinds of things), I'd inquire about it and ask why the ad contradicts itself and if he/she can provide more pictures. Worst-case scenario: you get an email telling you to go buy one on a penny auction website. Good luck! :p
  7. macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    You should be able to tell it is once you open it. Of course you can check the settings to confirm what size it is and if it is indeed cellular. (You can also tell it's cellular by the long plastic strip across the back of the iPad.) You can also cross-check the serial from Settings>About to the iPad box to make sure they match. It's very possible someone bought it and needs the money more than the amount put back on their credit card. It isn't unheard of.
  8. ActionableMango, Feb 21, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013

    macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
    Too many things about this are wrong. Pictures don't match description on multiple levels. Extra cable not in list. Smart cover not in list. Definitely not sealed. Smart cover looks grungy already. Either the pictures or the description are clearly fraudulent.

    If it really is still sealed and with receipt, person should just return it instead of taking a huge hit. Seller needs to explain this and explain the wrong pictures.

    There is no "factory unlocked iPad Mini that will work on any carrier", at least not with LTE. The model A1454 is for AT&T LTE and the model A1455 is for Sprint and Verizon LTE.

    Something funky going on. Many funky things going on. Too many red flags. I would run away and not look back.

    Edit: I just checked the price for this ipad including all of the accessories listed and pictured. It's over $800.00 worth of brand new stuff for $400. There is no conceivable way this story is real. Either it's a scam, it's stolen, or you are going to get robbed at gunpoint.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Could always just get another picture from the internet, the picture isn't necessarily the exact one you're getting.

    That being said, quite frankly you can find good deals on CL but I would worry about theft or scams..ESPECIALLY when it comes to Apple products. I personally wouldn't get an Apple product from CL.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I share the sentiment of many in this forum about this particular seller. Things are not liming up well. You can always do research and be savvy in buying on CL, tho. I got my 4S AT&T on the cheap last year from a buyer who was looking to unload his Christmas gift for rent money. I had him send me the IMEI and serial number, to which I ran warranty info with Apple and made sure it wasn't blacklisted with AT&T. Met him at a Starbucks with my buddy, inspect it thoroughly with my SIM, made sure the network worked, installed apps, etc. In essence, Craigslist can work for the buyer wonderfully - you just have to be savvy.

    Make sure to check this out thoroughly, OP.
  11. macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2011
    haha how can it be "SEALED" when the picture shows a clearly-used (although quite nice) smart cover? It seems sketchy, but who knows. Maybe they copy & pasted from another listing too quickly and didn't see the "SEALED" part (although it's kinda hard to miss...). Wouldn't cost anything but your time to meet them at Starbucks and check it out.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole

    There are plenty of deals on Craigslist, no need to get burned on this one. CL is loaded with scammers and douchebags but there are some good deals to be had too. Original packaging lends legitimacy, as does Apple care. It says that person takes care of their stuff.

    You can look for scratches and a tripped moisture sensor too but I would suggest having the Genius Bar check it out. It's a nice public place and when I bought my 4S they did it free of charge.

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