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


    Nov 3, 2012
    What else can go wrong ? Imei24 and swappa both said they were good to go ! Should I still get it ?
  2. gigapocket1 macrumors 68000

    Mar 15, 2009
    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


    Nov 3, 2012
    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


    Oct 7, 2011
    At any point after buying the IMEI could be reported as stolen could be days or months.
  5. Knockoutjosie thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2012
    They’d what I’m scared of
  6. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    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


    Jan 7, 2017
    Flyover Country, USA
    This ^. No free lunch.

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

    Jun 15, 2018
    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

    Dec 3, 2017
    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

    May 5, 2019
    get it and make a trade in when the new phone is out!
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There is always a risk with a used phone.
  12. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    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


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    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

    May 20, 2010
    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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