iPhone 8(+) Found an iPhone 8 for 175 on offer up. Checked IMEI and still kinda sketched out

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Knockoutjosie, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. Knockoutjosie macrumors 6502a

    Knockoutjosie

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    What else can go wrong ? Imei24 and swappa both said they were good to go ! Should I still get it ?
     
  2. gigapocket1 macrumors 68000

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    If the imei comes back clean.. then generally you are good to go.. nothing to worry about.
    What carrier are you with??
     
  3. Knockoutjosie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I’m with att. What if they report it stolen or it’s still being paid off and they stop paying it ?
     
  4. Breezygirl macrumors 6502a

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    At any point after buying the IMEI could be reported as stolen could be days or months.
     
  5. Knockoutjosie thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Knockoutjosie

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    They’d what I’m scared of
     
  6. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    There's no reason why someone would sell a legit good working iPhone way below market price on Swappa except for a nefarious one.
    There's something wrong going on.
    My advice is -avoid.
     
  7. Five_Oh macrumors regular

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    This ^. No free lunch.

    Move along or you'll likely regret it.
     
  8. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

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    Let’s assume it’s not stolen.

    Any of the following can be the reason it’s so below-market:

    -Hidden defect (e.g. speakers, battery)
    -Repaired with counterfeit parts (screen - would be noticeable, battery)
    -Bad cosmetic condition
     
  9. tonybarnaby macrumors 68000

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    It even shows sellers what the recently sold phones went for. No one in their right mind would sell a decent phone for that price. If you want to take a chance it’s on you, but there’s very little chance it’s as described.
     
  10. Aliciakeystx macrumors member

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    get it and make a trade in when the new phone is out!
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    There is always a risk with a used phone.
     
  12. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

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    Have you tried asking the seller why it's priced so low? Could be that they just forgot to include something in the description.
     
  13. noobinator macrumors 603

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    They'll either report it stolen or stop making payments on it, thus turning it into a brick for you. If not this then there's something wrong with it. Maybe they put a third party display and battery in it, which could make it function much worse.
     
  14. compwiz1202 macrumors regular

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    Yes this is a big insurance fraud thing, and there's no way to stop it except don't buy from individuals since everything is clean when you buy it. They just file a stolen claim and the IMEI gets blacklisted. Wish they would find a way to counter it.
     

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