Fake iPhone 4 Backs on eBay

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  1. xs2Wh macrumors newbie

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    After spending a considerable time trying to find *Genuine* iPhone 4 backs to replace my broken one, I came across a seller on eBay claiming to be the genuine article. The seller specifically stated, "don't fall for the non-genuine, cheaper parts on eBay - we are an apple authorised seller etc." and it was around twice the price of the fake ones I have seen before.

    When it turned up, although good quality, it was a fake.

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    As you can see, it is clearly a fake. When I contacted the seller, he was adamant it was real and claimed that "apple changes their suppliers sometimes". Whether he genuinely thought that was why or he was lying, I don't know.

    I don't think you can buy a genuine back from third parties for anyone searching.
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    A cover is not a battery. A cover is not the LCD. If it's 1/3 cheaper, I say meh. Depends how klutzy you are treating ur phone I guess and anything less than a real Gorilla is going break within days.
     
  3. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know about that statement. I had a relative's 4 "real Goriia glass" break within the first couple months of use and I replaced with with a clear knock off that is still in use.
     
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Anecdotal but tell that to the OP.

    My english should had been, if you think anything but a Gorilla glass is unacceptable.
     
  5. Di4mondz, Aug 17, 2013
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    It's just a back. My only concern is the lens cover for the camera. I rarely drop my phone, heck I never dropped it before.

    You can also see a huge difference in the hole of the "e"
     
  6. xs2Wh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My original point was:

    1/ If you're looking to buy a genuine part, don't waste your time, you won't find one

    2/ Even if the seller claims it is genuine, if it is new and unused, it is not (even if the price is far higher and feedback seems to support the 'genuine' claim)
     
  7. gtelware macrumors newbie

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    I also found some fake seller when i am trying to find genuine part for my iphone.
     
  8. Trius macrumors 6502a

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    I recently replaced my 4s back with one I bought on eBay. The auction stated it was "OEM". Looks perfect to me.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  10. John T macrumors 68020

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    These appear to be rather wild and exaggerated claims.

    What evidence do you have to substantiate them?
     
  11. John T macrumors 68020

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    As I anticipated, silence was the loud reply! :)
     
  12. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    Indeed, that is the most telling part now you have pointed it out.
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Or perhaps he hasn't logged on since before you challenged his claims. ;)
    Sometimes silence isn't a loud reply, it is sometimes just not a reply at all.

    I would not think his assessment is wrong. It is difficult to fine OEM parts on eBay for things like iPhones. I don't think it is impossible, it is just that fakes are often good enough to fool the average joe. This guy wasn't fooled and many around these forums wouldn't be either.
     
  14. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    im sure there are no real "genuine" apple parts out there.

    however, buying certain parts like the battery, LCD/screen or camera module, you MUST buy from a reputable seller such as iCracked or a few other parts retailers. Things like buttons or back covers are things i can live with being fake, per se, so long as they fit and work well.

    same goes for OEM dealer parts for cars or aftermarket cheaper ones from 3rd party sellers online. i buy alot of parts from rockauto.com and they work just fine at 1/3 the cost.

    one thing i refuse to do, is buy from overseas sellers. you cant return them easily if you get a dud part.
     

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