Craigslist Scam?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by waffles123, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. boston44 macrumors 6502

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    Probably, call the number and see if they answer.
     
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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  3. waffles123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Should I ask for the serial number and run it by Apple?
     
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...they are only $499 from the apple refurb store and that's probably been opened by the sellor... its already a 2.0Ghz machine so its prev gen and they may just want a new iMac or the new Mini... call and see it...
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    apple doesn't keep track of this sort of thin.
     
  6. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    why not just wait till it shows up in the refurb store and get it for just a little bit more direct from apple?
     
  7. brasscat macrumors 6502

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    If that's the one just released, what's up with the small RAM and 10.5 Leopard installation. Should be more ram and SL installed. I think this must be a the previous gen mini.
     
  8. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...the OP and the craigs list add already say its only the 2.0Ghz mini, so yes, its already prev gen...the price wouldn't be that far off with the recent updates...
     
  9. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

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    As long as you can meet in person and you area not western union money, call.
     
  10. waffles123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is it just me, but on the Apple US refurbished store, is the Mac Mini link disabled? Out of stock I suppose.
     
  11. iWoz macrumors 6502a

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    I found when I listed my macbook on Craigslist, I was bombarded with scammers trying to get me to send them the item, To Nigeria/USA so just be careful using craigslist
     
  12. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    This happens, but you can also find amazing deals. In the last year I've bought the following:

    Mac Pro 2.8 8 core, 8GB RAM, 8800GT, etc+23" ACD = $1800
    Mac Pro 2.66 Quad Core, 4 GB RAM, 8800GT+23" ACD = $1000
    and my most recent purchase:
    17" MBP 2.66, 256GB SSD, 500GB 7200RPM drive = $1500

    You just gotta know who's full of it and who's legit.
     
  13. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Not true. You can report stolen serials to Apple and if the computer goes in for repair at the Genius Bar, it will be listed as stolen. What Apple does from there, I have no clue.

    That happens quite a bit, things go in and out.

    This is also true. But it's better then coughing up eBay fees for buyers who don't pay.
     
  14. iWoz macrumors 6502a

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    Too true!!!
     
  15. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    You get your fees back if someone doesnt pay. Takes over a week to finish the process, but its not difficult.

    And if you sell Buy it Now you can force them to pay right away before ending the auction.
     
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    $400 for the last gen mini doesn't sound like a scam. Heck, I'd even buy that at that price.
     
  17. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    The great thing about Craigslist is that local transactions mean you can meet in person, the buyer can confirm the condition of the hardware and that it boots and runs, and the seller can get cash payment. Everyone wins.

    So ignore the scammers. And always complete Craigslist transactions in person. I've sold three laptops and bought a monitor on CL, and never been bitten.
     

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