Apple Selling Refurbed iPhones on eBay?

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  1. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    http://www.ebay.com/usr/factory_certified

    NO AFFILIATION!

    I was wondering what you guys think. It seems someone (guessing Apple since it has a warranty) is selling "pre-owned" iPhones on eBay. Could this be Apple like it was before selling MacBooks?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Interesting find. It may be Apple, but I don't see any confirmation in the listings.
     
  3. VersaceX macrumors newbie

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    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say this is not Apple.
     
  4. Enabledobject, Jun 30, 2014
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    Enabledobject macrumors 6502

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    3 feedback, and one of them is from today. I wouldn't trust it at all. Yet.
     
  5. cynics macrumors G4

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    I've lost all faith in eBay years ago. So my opinion maybe biased but I wouldn't trust user name "Factory_Certified" who joined on May 2014.. I doubt even less they have any affiliation with Apple.
     
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    I'd avoid too.
    It's definitely Not Apple.
    They can unload any certified refurb iPhones on their site quick without having to pay eBay and PayPal 14% to list them there.
     
  8. makerleone, Jun 30, 2014
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    yeah i think this is really not an Apple. so i m gonna avoid this..
     
  9. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    With such a low feedback score I would avoid at all costs for a while yet. Scammers only need to get several of their friends to buy items off them via prior agreement to bump up feedback scores. These could be stolen locked iPhone's where the seller just needs to sell a few and abandon their account. There could of course be no iPhone's whatsoever.

    Watch with interest but avoid for now ;)
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    ^^^THIS^^^

    Apple does not need eBay to sell their refurbs.:rolleyes:

    It is just a new selller who is trying to cash in on people who do not know.
     
  11. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    Apple have a refurb section on the Apple Store website...not sure they need to resort to eBay to flog them!
     
  12. StrangeMagic66 macrumors newbie

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  13. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Yeah beware of that. I remember a few years ago there was an eBay seller unloading Macbook Pros at an unbelievable price, had recent feedback (most likely from other accounts he set up), and has several hundred people buying from him. Turned out to be a hacked account from China. Paypal refused to even give me a full refund, said they could only give back $200. Fortunately American Express took it from them anyway, in addition to their measly $200.
     
  14. StrangeMagic66 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, but was the seller being reported by the media as being operated by Apple? Apple had an ebay store a few years ago that was eventually discontinued.
     
  15. wordsworth macrumors regular

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    Online store Very (in the UK) is also selling refurbished iPhone 5s. I was surprised to see that.
     
  16. stevejobz macrumors member

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    I dont know about this guy until he has a certain amount of feedback but, don't usually big companies give closeouts to people so it might be possible? Plus lot of the big companies like Microsoft do this i think.
     
  17. paul2014 macrumors newbie

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    i am surprised too. hope it's true.
     
  18. wordsworth macrumors regular

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    Yep, it's true. They have iPhone 5 available as refurbished products. It's a big retail company so all is legit.

    I'm not in the market for a phone myself but I just got a MacBook Air with a £100 discount from the same company. Now I have to wean myself off Snow Leopard! It'll take time!
     
  19. jamezr macrumors G4

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    Just look at all the negative feedback that seller has. That alone would scare me away. I doesn't matter if it is Apple or whomever....that much negative feedback means no business from me......
     
  20. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    I was thinking the same thing. If they have managed to mismanage an ebay account that badly, they should stick to selling these devices through themselves.
     

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