Things To Know Before Selling iPhone 5 on Craigslist???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by VideoNewbie, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009
    what are some things to know before selling an iphone 5 on craigslist? the iphone is in pristine condition has been in a case since the day it was taken out of the box.
    64gb white.
  2. macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Explain those things in your ad. It will make your phone more appealing to buyers.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Don't accept any offer, no matter how much, via PayPal or other online payment system. They can simply place a chargeback (claiming fraud that you never sent it to them, even if you did) and get their money back once you send them the iPhone.

    Accept cash only, and do it in a very populated area like a starbucks / apple store.
  4. BlueKhufu, Sep 17, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2010
    Meet in a neutral place, the more secure the better (police station, federal building with a public cafeteria etc). You're meeting a stranger that knows you have a device worth hundreds. They will want to hold and probably use the phone so be ready to hand it over before a cash exchange. Only accept cash of course. Erase all content and settings before the swap. Remove SIM card if applicable. Don't accept less than the agreed upon price if they try to pull that stunt.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    While meeting at a police station would probably be the safest, I've always met at either an Apple or cell carrier store.

    That way it's easy for the buyer to check/ confirm it works, that the ESN is still good, it can be activated right there and, if at an Apple Store during a slow time, a genius can even give it glance over.

    As the seller, it not only made the sale easier since the buyer had less worries, but it's still a public place with plenty of people around for security and the store is generally willing to exchange the money for me (big bills into smaller ones, etc.).

    Otherwise, the rest of the advice holds - be firm on your price and use common sense (don't meet them alone in a shady part of town at 2AM).
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009
    A buddy of mine bought an iPhone 5 on Craigslist. He inspected it for about 15 mins before buying it.

    Got home realized the battery doesn't hold a good charge.

    Can he do anything legal? Circuit Court? Police? Or nothing fraudulent was done
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2014
    Nothing at all, even if something fraudulent was done....the chance of police or anyone helping you legally is 0 because most likely you paid cash and have no proof besides a few text messages that don't explain anything because odds are the seller used a "disposable" number [gvoice, text+, text now etc etc].

    Get the battery replacement and take it as a lesson learned when buying used items locally. Its not something that happens everyday but its the chances one has to take that should something not work, you your self are responsible.
  8. cyks, Feb 19, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Define good charge.

    It's well known that batteries deteriorate with usage and age and, when buying a used phone, it shouldn't come as a surprise.

    That said, if your friend was inspecting and using the phone for 15 minutes, they should have been able to notice something was up then. If they couldn't, it sounds more like bad cell signal or something they've done that is killing the battery quickly.
  9. macrumors 68040

    Jul 2, 2012
    Battery on a used phone will obviously not be the same as when it was new. You friend inspected the phone, liked it and bought it. The seller did nothing wrong. I don't expect great battery on a used old phone.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2014
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    A mile high
    No wire transfers, no shipping, dont meet in a mobile home community, your life should go well.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2009
    If the iPhone is running iOS 7, make sure to turn off Activation Lock/Find My iPhone so that the buyer doesn't have any issues setting it up if you guys do agree to the sale.

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