Buying iPhone for 200 bucks

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by OscarAlert, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. OscarAlert macrumors newbie

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    it sounds liget... the guy sells alot of other stuff like playstation 3 s for 300 bucks ha
    talked to him on the phone and everything sounded alright, were doin a money transfer through western union so he only gets the money once i get the phone.
    kinda like a middle man.

    What do u guys think ??? 200 bucks tho ?? :s
     
  2. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    SCAM
     
  3. gethyphyyo macrumors regular

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    hahah have fun with your empty box and paper weight. anyone who has to use W.U is shady.
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Wester union is like cash. Despite what the scammer says, the scammer will get the money and NOT send you anything.

    http://www.westernunion.com/WUCOMWE...ageCode=en&pagename=fraudIndex&pid=fraud00016
     
  5. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

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    I'd say scam too, but if the guy will send the phone first before getting money, and assuming its a 16 gig(because otherwise this isn't really worth your time), why not give it a shot?

    If he won't send the phone first then, most definitely scam
     
  6. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    you obviously have not looked online at prices lately, $200 for an 8GB is even a good deal on places like eBay/Craiglist..

    To the OP, be careful and do NOT use any links he sends you, if you use WU make sure you are at their website and not a counterfeit one that he set up..
    (I had someone try this with me, but created a fake paypal site, it looked exactly the same, but the URL was wayyy different)
     
  7. Macman756 macrumors 6502a

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  8. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

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    western union = scam

    have him go through paypal
     
  9. whitemacbook macrumors member

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  11. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a

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    I recently did a sale through craigslist. The guy was in Toronto, worked for the TTC (subway/streetcar) and he said he worked at a particular station. When I asked him questions about the station, he could not answer them.

    Then he suggested paypal for our transaction. It was a PS3 game for $35. I was really worried I was going to get scammed because he was very aggressive: "use paypal", "is it shipped?", "auto-complaint is filed in 7 days, hurry".

    It seemed like a bad scene but then the other day he sent me an e-mail saying he received the package. Man, did I wipe my brow.

    I've never used Western Union but have heard to steer clear of that one. But do your research and be careful.
     
  12. d wade macrumors 65816

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    uhhhhhh... the iPhone is $199 at the store..

    am i missing something here?:confused:
     
  13. airdonut41 macrumors newbie

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    Only for a new plan/upgrade
     
  14. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

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    good point, For whatever reason i was thinking about the prices of new phones instead of used...
     
  15. d wade macrumors 65816

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    ok so he has another carrier (t-mobile or something) and wants to buy an iPhone 3G and unlock it to use on a non-at&t signal?

    if that's the case, then i wouldnt go that way b/c from what i've heard, it's not very stable.
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Even if it's not a scam in the sense that the seller sends you legitimate goods, they're still probably stolen. Someone who makes an industry for themselves selling electronics with W/U payments just is highly unlikely to be a legitimate businessperson.
     

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