Buying a new Macbook Air on Craigslist

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nick42983, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. nick42983 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2009
    I'm considering buying a Haswell Macbook Air and I came across the ad below on Craigslist. I doubt they have a receipt. Any thoughts on how to avoid being scammed? Opening the MacBook Air on the spot, asking for photos of the box and serial number in advance? This is $300 cheaper than the price I'd pay for this model with my education discount. Thanks.

    Mid 2013 13" Haswell Macbook Air i7/8gb/256 Brand New Sealed - $1300 (fremont / union city / newark)
    Got rewarded from work , already had same one . Brand New Sealed in Plastic Wrap .
    Mid 2013 13" MacBook Air i7 1.7GHz / 8gb / 256ssd Flash Storage .
    Not in hurry to sell , FIRM FIRM please .
    Not looking for trade , Paypal or shipping .
    CASH only any @ local Starbuck .

    Please reply with your number if interested . Don't care Paypal ship to your Nigeria or India.
    Scammer go away , do not waste my time.
    No number , no serious , no reply .
    I will bonus softwares programs with it .
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    $300 off on a brand new, unwrapped MacBook Air is too much. I'd be suspicious
  3. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Translation: I stole two Airs from work and kept one and want to sell one. Quickly.;)
  4. saud0488 macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Yeah don't believe the whole "I got it from work" crap. Ask if he can meet at your local apple store, if you have one nearby. If not, be suspicious.
  5. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Maybe true, Maybe false.

    You should definitely get pictures of the boxed device with his user name on a piece of paper next to it. Name next to the serial number would be most advisable, so you know it is the actual serial number.

    Does sound strange saying "got rewarded from work", because where I'm from if the company gives you a machine, it still belongs to them. You're going to have to return it eventually.

    Could be the case where he is an apple employee and got employee discount?

    End of the day, if the serial checks out and warranty is in place (and not reported stolen), then it's a good buy.

    Just please do test the device and check RAM, SSD, Processor info before giving him the M0ney
  6. joshi3joshi macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2007
    I had good luck with a craigslist buy recently. Regardless of how he get got it, as long as not stolen (check serial number on google or craigslist, and check serial number on apple website to see if warranty is still valid and purchase date is valid), then I think you're fine. just meet in a public place like a bank or whatever and you're good.

    Just last month, I got a sealed, brand-new 2013 Haswell Macbook Air 256GB for $1000, which is $300 off retail. If anything is fishy, just call it off. i'm just letting you know that some craigslist deals are genuinely great.
  7. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
  8. nick42983 thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2009
    Thanks a lot for the feedback guys. I tend to agree that this sounds too good to be true. $300 off sounds like he's looking to quickly offload a hot item. The part he adds that "I will bonus softwares programs with it ", sounds like pirated software too, so it's probably not legit. The last thing I need is to buy a computer like this, find out it's stolen and have it confiscated.

    I did see another posting for someone selling a new 512GB model for ~$300 off and he had a receipt and pictures. Looks like its gone now though.

    Maybe I should just be content with my education discount and the $100 App Store gift card.

    Thanks again.

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