Advice plox: Fishy/Confused seller of MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by justaregularjoe, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    Found an advert in my local are on Craigslist for an MBP (15.4/2.8/500/8 GB) for $850. Selling New in box.

    When i sent an email, got a reply; turns out that it seems to be more a store advert. Asked how many units I wanted to buy, where I was located. Whatever.

    Here is the specs list she quoted back to me:
    See the problem?

    I though the last generation of pre-unibodies had the ExpressCard slot, but when the uni bodies rolled around, the slot got bumped to only the 17" models. Also, I have just realized that an SD card slot is not listed.

    So what the hell is up here?

    Anyone who can shed light on this situation wins one free internet and an e-hug.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Rule of thumb... if it sounds too good to be true, it is
     
  3. justaregularjoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Lol disregard my fishy judgment.
    Research fail: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP499
    No SD card slot, ExpressCard/34. This is the late 2008 unibody. :p

    So... $850--worth it still?
    :eek:
     
  4. delux246 macrumors member

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    maybe if you knew the real specs... it most likely will not have 8gb ram and 500gb hd if it is the 2008 model... i haven't even seen many 2009 models with 8gb ram for sell...
     
  5. justaregularjoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well i mean, given that I was planning to spend $1700 for a (13.3/2.53/2GB/250) this seems a killer deal.
     
  6. delux246 macrumors member

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    true. $850 is a bargain but just check out the specs and find out what exactly you are getting before you make the deal.

    ps. i was just looking at more of the stats and the 8 hr battery is only on the 17in right? if i'm wrong i'm ok with that too... :)
     
  7. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

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    This sounds a bit fishy, the 8 hr battery did make it to the other models besides the 17in, but switched out the expresscard for the sd card slot

    I'd look elsewhere
     
  8. justaregularjoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thats valid. I am definitely waiting for more info from the seller; that goes without saying...

    But even if it is not the eight hour battery, i dont much care. This is intended to be my main computer; I am not much of a road warrior.
    But if you are right, i really want to know why the seller listed that one.
     
  9. VelvetFannypack macrumors newbie

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    If this were true I would tell you to take the offer immediately, however, I assure you this is a scam of some sort. There's no way you are going to find that good of a deal on a new mbp, I would doubt you could find an old model with those specs for that price.
     
  10. justaregularjoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sadly, the situation has only gotten sketchier.

    Turns out the as was placed by an ad aggregator for a Third part based in the UK.

    The specs that they have been quoting me changes from message to message.

    And now they want me to confirm the order and pick BLACK OR WHITE for the system color. :mad:

    I am now chatting with a rep over gmail, but I dont see imminent salvation anywhere.
     
  11. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    hmmm...looks weird.
    perhaps you can see the machine in person before buying?
     
  12. justaregularjoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Right so the chat didn't go to well:
    So in the end, this was a waste of time and excitement.

    Thanks for encouraging my gut instinct of incredulity; you saved me from a scam, methinks. (Especially MacDawg)

    Mods, feel free to close.

    Edit:
    In the UK :p
     

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