Buying mbp through offerup

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  1. Fpb1980 macrumors regular

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    has anyone bought a MacBook through offerup? Saw a great deal on a 2018 but was wondering if anyone had any issues?

    Thx
     
  2. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    You are buying a used computer I’m confused what makes the difference if it’s from offer up or eBay...... better question would have been what’s the expirence on buying a used Mac
     
  3. Diazepam Suspended

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    I think he might be asking if offerup is a trustworthy seller. Maybe he wants to know about others' experiences buying from offerup.
     
  4. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    That still makes no sense offer up is nothing more than a glorified craigslist
     
  5. deadworlds macrumors 65816

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    Contact the seller. Ask to see the MBP on and working. Make sure charger and cable are sold with it. If you’re satisfied with what you see, make the purchase... OfferUp is nothing more than a fancy craigslist. That is to say, people just selling things they don’t want/need.
     
  6. Fpb1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I saw some new unopened macbooks on there for a good price but ive never used the site before.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Isn't offerup one of those iphone apps that act as a go between for people selling stuff? They're not selling anything AFAIK, they're like craigslist, just offering a service.
     
  8. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Offer-up is a mechanism to enable person-to-person sales, basically Craigslist wearing a nice dress and makeup.

    Ask yourself the very same questions that you would if you met someone selling new unopened 2018 macbooks out of their van in the BestBuy parking lot.
     
  9. Five_Oh macrumors regular

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    What dawg said.

    Why would any legitimate seller with multiple NIB Macs use an app like OfferUp to move them at a discounted price?

    Short answer: They wouldn't.
     
  10. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    That’s not true there is a legit laptop dealer in my city that sells computer super cheap when they aren’t selling well as they usually get them in as trade in or super Low for people that don’t want to deal with selling on their own
     
  11. FrostyF macrumors regular

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    There's many, many legitimate sealed in the box MBPs for sale in my city, including iPhones etc, WITH receipts and offer to meet up at an Apple Store to verify the purchase. For years I thought this was a scam until a Chinese co-worker explained it to me. Apparently lots of wealthy students, especially from China, have their parents buy them the latest and greatest every year. Lots of kids prefer the cash and continue to use their one year old device so they sell them for less than retail. Simple as that.
     
  12. Five_Oh macrumors regular

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    I don't doubt there are plenty of resellers that legitimately move low priced used devices on apps like this.

    My point was that if there is a seller with multiple NEW Apple devices for sale cheap, there is almost certainly something up. Where is the profit margin for someone like that?
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    I don't doubt you could occasionally find something like this. I was just commenting that a seller with multiple factory sealed new devices for sale is almost certainly not legit. There would be no reason for them to sell on the secondary market and no way to profit.
     
  13. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Sure, but that's not what we were talking about.
     
  14. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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    As others have noted, I would be cautious and get as much detail as possible, including meeting at a local Apple store to verify warranty and purchase details. Even then, be mindful that you could have issues later in some manner. As a result, I would also need a serious discount over buying from Apple to be OK with that added risk. For me, that would be a 40% or more discount, but for you that can vary.

    There are a lot of legitimate deals, but more often than not NIB latest model products like MBPs are laundering schemes. That doesn't mean you'll have any issues, but they are a great way to shift money around off the books. Without a paper trail of any kind. For example, you can buy a bunch of Apple gift cards with stolen CCs or some other scam and you'll have a digital paper trail leading all the way to where you spend that money unless you launder it out. Buying high value devices then selling them for cash on the street breaks that link. The risk you have is if Apple deems the computer fraudulently purchased because the underlying payment has been revoked they could undo your warranty.

    There are very few NIB MBPs and iPhones that are legitimately being sold by users who wouldn't have just retuned them to Apple for a full refund.
     
  15. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    Lol I like how the thread starter when ghost after asking the question to never post again
     
  16. mreg376 macrumors 65816

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    Actually he posted twice.
     
  17. Fpb1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I’m here. I contacted two sellers but neither of them responded.

    Too good to be true.
     
  18. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    What were the deals?
     
  19. Fpb1980 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Around 1300 for a new mbp 13”.
     

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