If you saw a 24" 2008 iMac on craigslist for USD$325

Discussion in 'iMac' started by awmazz, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. awmazz macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    practically brand new in the box, would you think it's too good to be true?

    How about maxed out with 4GB RAM and the nVidea 512MB card. Plus Aperture 2 and Quark 7? Even more too good to be true?

    I do. Alarm bells ringing. But sent off an email offering to buy it anyway. I've always wanted to brag about THAT bargain everyone else seems to be able to talk about but has always eluded me. I'm sure I'll end up on the 'scammed' side of the ledger as usual though. :mad:

    See if I get a reply. (Edit: If it's actually genuine, I expect it to be sold already anyway).
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    There's an old saying in life and that is you get what you pay for.

    If it is too good to be true, then I would venture to say that it probably is.

    Sounds like a scam.
  3. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    It's too good to be true. I wouldn't touch it.
  4. awmazz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    Speaking about THAT bargain. When I went to pick up an (ADC) Apple Cinema Display I bought recently on eBay, the guy pointed to the reason he was selling it - a brand new aluminium 23" Cinema Display he got off eBay for AUD$100 (USD$70).

    THAT bargain = unbelievable to the rest of us. But they do happen to some people.
  5. PurrBall macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2007
  6. awmazz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    That was my original thought too, but you'd think a thief would be greedier than that. Or at least know the true value of what he's trying to sell. The listing seems to be knowledgeable about the iMac's specs.

    Maybe it's a simple typo and they left the '1' off the front of the asking price.
  7. trevpimp macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2009
    Inside A Mac Box
    For $325?

    Come one seriously, I don't even think a person would sell their iMac Aluminum Body Case for $325.

    Stay away, Far away.
  8. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I would think its a scam - but if it is too good a deal to pass up I would proceed with extreme caution and use a temporary e-mail address made on Google or Hotmail, or better yet some Free Russian or Chinese e-mail provider that would be damn near impossible to trace.

    I would definitely not purchase it unless I had the ability to inspect the goods in person before handing over any money. I would also demand the place be a public venue. I am sure you can find an outlet at a public library, for example, where you can plug it in and give it a go.

    I would not bring the money to someone's shady "house" (it could be a setup for you to get jumped since they'd know you have the cash on you).

    Also, once paid, I would keep my eye on the unit and note the serial number so that it is not switched last minute as what happened to someone on another thread with a mac mini.

    If everything was working great, I got to inspect it, everything is up to spec, then I would buy it.

    I would not ask where the he got it from or why is he selling that cheap. I wouldn't want to know. The less you know the better.

    When I'd take it home I would immediately reformat the hard drive (before connecting it to any sort of network or internet) to get rid of any potential snooping software or location tracking software (like lo jack), put on my own things, and never bring it into Apple service, ever, no matter what.

    I would not buy it under any other circumstances, I don't care what excuses there would be, I would never send money to have it shipped, do a deal in person without having a chance to inspect the unit and verify it is working, etc. Anything other than full transparency is probably a setup for you to get scammed.

    If there is any way the method of sale being proposed by the seller could result in them scamming you then chances are at that price it probably WILL be used for that purpose. Therefore, the entire deal should be on your terms. If the seller isn't willing to comply with reasonable safety steps, then stay away.

    Anytime I sell on craigslist, ebay, gumtree, etc. I understand that others may not trust me and I always accommodate reasonable safety precautions, like meeting in public places, allowing the person to inspect the goods in person, I even went to the Apple store once with someone who was buying my old MacBook Air and allowed the person to verify the status of my Apple Care with the staff there before going through with the transaction.

    In return, I ask that the buyers pay in cash (the easiest way to ensure that payment will not be overturned, turn out to be fraud, etc.).
  9. awmazz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    The listing has been flagged for removal, but in meantime the price has been upped to AUD$740 (USD$535). So it *was* a typo! ha ha

    Oh well. The guy's got my first name and generic email address, whatever that's worth to him. I suppose I should be expecting a malicious link in an email addressed to me personally now.

    PS. I just opened the image in a new window - it's an ebay image, so I'm guessing the guy's using someone's legitimate pic from an ebay listing - i3.ebayimg.com/08/i/001/44/15/9cd4_12.JPG
  10. awmazz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    Gregintosh, thanks for all the tips. I've never actually bought anything off craigslist, and I don't think I ever will. This was my first ever visit to it actually, so this experience has left me very wary of the whole operation.

    Here's the link to the listing if anyone's curious to see it (it's the Australian craigslist):

  11. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
  12. awmazz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    Actually, that thread was the reason I thought I'd check out craigslist for the first time. Plus, seeing Dexter using it on TV. I'm not getting a good vibe from it so far! It really was a too-good-to-be-true listing which is why I posted about it, and I'm still curious to see what reply I get.
  13. awmazz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    Well, it's been over six hours since I offered to buy it and no reply yet so far. Are scammers supposed to take their time? Get me all impatient and eager? I want my bargain iMac! I'll add an update if anything happens.
  14. azdunerat macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    Hey Ive got an idea, go ahead and send me your money. I will then send you a picture of a 24" imac that is practically brand new. Even a beat to hell, not really running iMac is worth more than that.
  15. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I was going to say the same thing but you beat me too it. I guess I was too slow to get this deal too :D
  16. Capt Crunch macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2001
    Cleveland, OH
    I got a 24" fully loaded iMac for $900 on craigslist more than half a year ago.
  17. awmazz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2007
    Well, I'm disappointed, almost a day now and still no reply from the lister. If this really is a scam, I'm not sure how it's supposed to work then. I would assume actually making contact with the potential victim would be an important part.. but nada.

    Sure! Just send me your bank details and password and I'll transfer the payment through to you immediately. I'll trust you with my money. :)
  18. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Just want to back everyone else and say even with the upped price to $535 this is a scam or stolen property.
    If you're really trying to save money, buy a refurbished one for a few hundred more than this clown's listing price.
  19. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    if you email him the payment, he'll email you the computer...

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