AT&T Craigslist

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sddabrow, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. sddabrow macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,

    I may need to bite the bullet and buy a new phone since Samsung isn't fulfilling their warranty on my broken Note 3.

    That being said, I am looking at picking up a iPhone5 or 5S in the interim, since my company won't let me get an upgrade until Dec. 2015.

    I wanted to see how I can protect myself on craigslist with AT&T? Previously with Sprint I could check the ESN number and see if it was clean. What questions should I be asking with AT&T since it seems like I can just slip in a SIM card and be on my way.

    I mean here is a 5S for $150... seems WAY too cheap to not have something wrong?
    http://orlando.craigslist.org/mob/4628186426.html
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Its a risk buying used just so you know.
    It might work fine for a few days and then get blacklisted.
    Also $150 is way too cheap for a working 5S.
    If the deal sounds too good to be true then it is.
    You never know what you will walk into with a CL deal.
     
  3. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Not everybody on Craigslist is a dirt bag. I would recommend meeting them and seeing if they seem honest. You always run a risk but if they don't seem like dirt bags they very well may just want to sell it before the new launch.
     
  4. Munch718 macrumors newbie

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    ! I sold my 4S on craigslist a few years ago and met the dude at a Sprint store to ensure he didn't have any problems activating it. Also sold my Samsung galaxy S3 the same way but just at a Verizon store that time. If they refuse to meet at a store, might be suspicious. Be careful with craigslist there are a lot of scammers and stole phones listed. You will come across some legit post once in awhile. Good Luck!
     
  5. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    I'd be cautious, but I'd take a look at it. There's a chance the seller doesn't know that iPhones are subsidized and they might think the brand new value was $200.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Good point! Some people think smart phones cost $200 because that is what they always paid. Though, this brings up the question, how is this not under contract?
     
  7. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that's the fishy part. Maybe it was given to the seller by someone who had it unlocked? Again, I say take a look at it, but proceed with caution.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    If they show no resistance to meeting at a store I would be led to believe it is a legitimate seller.
     
  9. 617aircav Suspended

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    There is really nothing you can do to protect yourself save the seller giving you the original sales receipt. Use common sense to decide. My current phone was bought on craigslist. Had it since April and I'm still enjoying it. Here is a rule I use: I only spend an amount I'm willing to loose. My CL purchase is capped at $300.

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    $150 for a 5s is a scam. Period. I would not even consider it.
     

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