Got semi ripped off Iphone 3g 16gb off CL, what to do with it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by five5outh, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. five5outh macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2010
    So I bought an iphone off craigslist. I met up with the guy and gave me the iphone, he had the "plug-in to itunes to activate " logo on it, so before I can check the features on it, I stupidly gave him my $140 and trusted him that everything works.

    Anywho here are the problems that came with it.

    1. The camera shutter won't open when taking pictures
    2. I get the No service or weak service signal when I put in my ATT sim card
    3. The WiFi is extremely weak (I have to be on top of my router for it to read it)

    Everything else is minor repairs or nuisances I can deal with.

    My advice is, what should I do with it? I'm not going to sell it back and rip someone else off CL.. so what are my options?

  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Did you upgrade the firmware? Those can be software issues. :cool:
  3. kim2272 macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2010
    Sunshine State
    I doubt that the phone is still under warranty with Apple Care but that would be an option if it is. Other than that there is not much more you can do. I am not gonna tell you what you should have done before purchasing it but next time be more careful when buying things off craigslist. You're human and we all make mistakes so don't beat yourself up about it. Perhaps you can sell it on eBay and try to get some of your money back. Make sure to state the issues it has so that someone else doesn't get ripped off. Good luck!
  4. rrandyy macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2009
    Simple: Call him back and tell him the phone is not working. See if he'll return your money.
  5. Tito Georgie macrumors 6502

    Tito Georgie

    Jul 17, 2010
    New York
    Do the same thing to someone else lol I expect this same story being re-posted Lmfao.
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    This is the only reasonable answer. Next time, ask for a demo before forking over the cash.
  7. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
  8. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Let me first say, it was a dumb move to do that...

    Secondly, does the phone have a sort of warranty on it?

    If so, then take it to the Apple store, see a genius and see if he feels nice enough to replace it.
  9. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  10. Neverbepeace macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2009
    New York
    Keep us updated if you visit the apple store.........
  11. Heatdepot macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2010
    Well you should've been a little suspicious considering those are selling for over $300 on eBay.

    Sell it on eBay. You can be honest and disclose all the problems and still get $200. Even broken 3G 8GB are selling for $120-150.

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