HELP buying new iphone

patriotaki

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Jul 1, 2016
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Hello all,

i found a guy in a local website here in greece that sells 2 iphone 7 plus.
He said that the company hes working for bought the iphones for him ( my friends was in that situation too they gave him a Note 4 so i believe that)

The guy is based in UK and wants to ship me the iphone with Royal Mail and i will pay him with paypal.

What concerns should i have? He already sent me photos of the package,receipt etc..

How can i see if hes a scammer or not?

also any good IMEI checker website?

PS: i told him to pay the half amount first and when i receive the package to pay the rest ...

any suggestions?
 

Schizoide

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Oct 18, 2016
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I wouldn't do it, first of all you have no certainty whether or not he is legit. Second of all you are better off buying the phone in a local Apple store or reseller, since there are so many problems with the iPhone. You can then get a replacement way quicker.
 

patriotaki

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I wouldn't do it, first of all you have no certainty whether or not he is legit. Second of all you are better off buying the phone in a local Apple store or reseller, since there are so many problems with the iPhone. You can then get a replacement way quicker.
there are no local apple stores here. the prices for iphone are wayy to high.

he send me pictures of receipt from the apple store in london, pictures with the IMEI, and the phone itself in the package. I also asked him to take a picture of the package with a paper and his username written .

The fact that he agreed for me to pay half the price first is a good sign..
 

Schizoide

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there are no local apple stores here. the prices for iphone are wayy to high.

he send me pictures of receipt from the apple store in london, pictures with the IMEI, and the phone itself in the package. I also asked him to take a picture of the package with a paper and his username written .

The fact that he agreed for me to pay half the price first is a good sign..
I understand that you want an iPhone 7 Plus asap. But believe me, chances are you will encounter problems, it's a brand new product so problems may occur. If you buy it in a store in Greece you atleast have the ability to return it if it's a faulty one (or has the famous hiss problem).
 

patriotaki

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I understand that you want an iPhone 7 Plus asap. But believe me, chances are you will encounter problems, it's a brand new product so problems may occur. If you buy it in a store in Greece you atleast have the ability to return it if it's a faulty one (or has the famous hiss problem).
since its bought from an apple store the warranty is valid for all authentic retailers..right?
 

Schizoide

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Oct 18, 2016
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since its bought from an apple store the warranty is valid for all authentic retailers..right?
Yes, but you won't get a brand new one since it has not been bought in your local Apple Store. You will get a repair and possibly a refurbished one (used device). So you will never be able to just go in the store and get a brand new one.
 

patriotaki

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Yes, but you won't get a brand new one since it has not been bought in your local Apple Store. You will get a repair and possibly a refurbished one (used device). So you will never be able to just go in the store and get a brand new one.
i contacted the admin of the site and told him to check his account he told me that he's IP isnt from UK
and he is using TOR as browser.. so he is a legit scammer

thank god i didnt buy
 
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Thor_1

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I understand that you want an iPhone 7 Plus asap. But believe me, chances are you will encounter problems, it's a brand new product so problems may occur. If you buy it in a store in Greece you atleast have the ability to return it if it's a faulty one (or has the famous hiss problem).
It's not that "famous"
 

rainafterthesun

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there are no local apple stores here. the prices for iphone are wayy to high.

he send me pictures of receipt from the apple store in london, pictures with the IMEI, and the phone itself in the package. I also asked him to take a picture of the package with a paper and his username written .

The fact that he agreed for me to pay half the price first is a good sign..
i contacted the admin of the site and told him to check his account he told me that he's IP isnt from UK
and he is using TOR as browser.. so he is a legit scammer

thank god i didnt buy
I would have said he was a scammer to begin with because the fact that he agrees to let you only pay half first is not a good sign.

If the roles were reversed, wouldn't you in his shoes, wonder if the buyer is a scammer? If you send the phone what guarantee would you have that you'd get the second half payment and he didn't just make off with it at half price?
 

patriotaki

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I would have said he was a scammer to begin with because the fact that he agrees to let you only pay half first is not a good sign.

If the roles were reversed, wouldn't you in his shoes, wonder if the buyer is a scammer? If you send the phone what guarantee would you have that you'd get the second half payment and he didn't just make off with it at half price?
yes i see now
the admin said he never logged in with a UK IP lol
he was in my country all the time
and he said to me that he is in London and bought the iphones from apple store