help. iphone 4 transaction on craigslist.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by treyjustice, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. treyjustice macrumors 65816

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    I have a new 32 GB iphone 4 I put on craigslist. A man wants to buy it for $800.00. What is the best way to go about this? I do not want to get scammed, robbed, or given counterfeit money. How can I avoid all of these? I've heard tons of horror stories. I want a white iPhone so this is the perfect opportunity for me. Thanks for your input.
     
  2. RonHC macrumors 6502a

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    Meet in a crowded area and always bring a friend with you
     
  3. treyjustice thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I understand that. But what about the possibility of fake money? 800 bucks is pretty hefty.
     
  4. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    You could meet in your bank and have a teller check the money if you really feel the need.
     
  5. Stankonia macrumors regular

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    This plus you should only accept cash. Too many scammers use fake checks/money orders.

    If you are worried about counterfeit money, you can buy a marker to check the bills. Like what cashiers use when you pay with a 50 or 100
     
  6. marksman macrumors 603

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    Get a job at a bank and after two weeks of training or so you will know how to spot fake money, then quit your job and make the transaction.
     
  7. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

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    Or buy one of these

    Note: This won't help if they use a real bill to disguise it as a bigger bill. For example, washing a $1 as a $20 or $50. You have to look through the bill into light to see that.
     
  8. BigOrangeSU macrumors regular

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    Just look at the money if your not retarded you will be able to tell if its fake or not. Judge the person.....profile..
     
  9. EatMyApple macrumors 6502

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    Meet at a bank with a security guard/cameras. Have them check the bills, if they good to go, hand him the phone.
     
  10. JoJoCal19 macrumors 65816

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    Find a crowded convenience store but beforehand, speak with someone there to see if they can use their counterfeit marker to check the bills. Or request a cashiers check. You may even request all new bills because they are next to impossible to counterfeit (notice not impossible but your average Joe isn't going to have them).
     
  11. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    Meeting at a bank will discourage a scammer/robber. I had a guy keep trying to get me to meet him at a gas station. He never showed up.
     
  12. treyjustice thread starter macrumors 65816

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    He keeps trying to get me to meet at his "shop" saying he doesn't have time to meet at a bank. He gave me the name and address and says he owns the shop. I told him I would be bringing a counterfeit marker and he said okay. Does this sound fishy? I've sold plently of stuff on craiglist but nothing 800 bucks
     
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Before you accept, I would drive by the "shop." That might give a better feel for the potential buyer. And if you go through with the sale, don't go there alone. Bring a friend.
     
  14. markthrash macrumors 6502

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    Nobody is busy enough to not have 2 minutes to drive to a nearby gas station or store and another 5-10 minutes to greet you and work out the exchange. I wouldn't go, if that was me. He's the one that's buying it, so HE should be the one traveling, not you. Just my opinion and what I would do.
     
  15. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    You could always have a friend shadow you in a different car and wait outside just in case something happens. Meeting at a private place of his choosing probably opens you up to a bad situation, unless his "shop" is a real public store that will have customers in it. I'd prefer to be somewhere that has cameras and a crowd of people.

    The guy who bought my 3G had a friend end up in the hospital trying to sell his phone. He showed up somewhere and 3 guys beat him up pretty badly and took the phone.
     
  16. coelacanth macrumors 6502

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    I do craigslist transaction a lot. I personally won't deal with someone refuses to accept the safety measure that is supposed to be good for both sides. I've heard too many horror stories. I won't go into his "shop" where he might have guns or his "friends" waiting for you.
     
  17. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Your friend got beat up over a 3G phone? Aren't those things going for like 90 bucks now?
     
  18. treyjustice thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I'll text him tomorrow and tell him I'll meet him at the local bank of america down the street. If he really wants it he will meet me. I don't want to risk getting jumped.
     
  19. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    I sold my 3G for $250 about a month ago. Don't know what they go for now.

    Not sure what phone the friend of his was selling.
     
  20. spades1412 macrumors 6502

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    I dont know if this would work or not. Maybe call the local PD and explain whats going on and see if they could have an officer be there during the transaction. Should only take a few minutes and god knows we pay enough in taxes to support it. Bring along a new counterfeit pen. Another way to check the bills is to hold them in the light and look for the strip. In the strip is the denomination of the bill printed. For example, in a $100 bill the strip will have"100" printed several times along the strip.

    Otherwise, if he is unwilling to meet at a local bank, I would steer clear of this one.
     
  21. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    The police have better things to be doing than supervising a third party sale of an iPhone.:rolleyes:
     
  22. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    Oh sure.. The police are just sitting around waiting to serve as your personal security guard. Are you kidding? How naive are you?
     
  23. PUCCY macrumors regular

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    DONT DO IT!!!! You are asking for trouble. Dont go through the hassle of bringing a friend either. I like meeting at a bank idea. If he can't/won't meet you in a safe place then that's fishy right there.
     
  24. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Do the police thing. But make sure you tape the conversation and put it on the web. I want to hear the laughter. Make sure you use the line about the taxes.
     

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