Before I buy an i-pad from ebay, how do I tell if it's stolen?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Atlanta Bliss, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Atlanta Bliss macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    Hi all,

    I'm contemplating buying a second hand i-pad, there seem to be lots on ebay but I don't want to buy anything that's been stolen from someone, is there any way I can verify the i-pad is not stolen BEFORE I buy it?

    Also, I'm thinking of buying an i-pad 1, all I want to do really is be able to use the internet and run i-tunes and watch an occassional film on it - is an i-pad 1 adequate for those tasks? Any suggestion of what a reasonable price would be on one of these atm? I'm in the uk.

    Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    For light use, the iPad1 is fine and it is cheap now too.
  3. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Request the iPad serial number from the seller, then call Apple. They should be able to tell you if it's stolen.
  4. anonnymouse, Sep 2, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013

    anonnymouse macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2011
    No, they won't. Apple does not get involved in ownership disputes unless law enforcement provides a formal request for records. Check with your local law enforcement agency.

    Even if they could tell you to whom it was originally registered (which they won't), it could still have changed hands legally in between that original purchaser and the one selling on eBay, for which Apple may not have records. Few subsequent owners "register" the device with Apple.

    There's no way to find out with Apple. None.
  5. Atlanta Bliss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    Thanks for the advice. Is there a website or anything where, if I put the serial number in it will say if it's listed as stolen or missing? Or blocked?
    If I do get a second hand one do I then register it with apple under my name and link it to my i-tunes account and my laptop?

    thanks again for your replies.
  6. m00min macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    Given how weighted eBay is to the buyer rather than the seller, I would guess that if you find it's stolen contacting Paypal (assuming you pay using them) would get your money back.

    This is why I don't use eBay to sell anything, I'd use it to buy from though.
  7. Atlanta Bliss thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    thanks Moomin.

    Yeah, I'm wondering if between the pay pal thing making them traceable (?) and choosing someone that's sold a lot of stuff and has good feedback that all that might add up to it being not a good place for thieves to sell.

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