iPad iPad Air Purchase on Craigslist...

6thDAY

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Hello guys, I need some advice on what to check for.

Found a brand new sealed iPad Air 32gb for $500, and I'm gonna meet up today.

1. Is that a good deal considering considering its a couple months old?

2. Even though it's sealed, what should I look for to make sure I don't get screwed by a fake ipad or wrong model?

Thanks
 

TWO2SEVEN

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Jun 27, 2010
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Hello guys, I need some advice on what to check for.

Found a brand new sealed iPad Air 32gb for $500, and I'm gonna meet up today.

1. Is that a good deal considering considering its a couple months old?

2. Even though it's sealed, what should I look for to make sure I don't get screwed by a fake ipad or wrong model?

Thanks
I would open it and make sure:

1. There is an iPad in the box
2. It is the Air
3. It is 32gb
4. The serial number matches
5. It works
6. You can get all the way through the setup process.
 

HenryDJP

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Nov 25, 2012
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Well firstly it's not a couple of months old if hasn't been opened. It's still a current model. Stores have many iPads that don't get sold immediately and may remain in stockrooms for several weeks. Doesn't make them any more old until they are opened.

But in terms of the Craigslist purchase. I have 3 words for you. DON'T DO IT!
 

GoCubsGo

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I would open it and make sure:

1. There is an iPad in the box
2. It is the Air
3. It is 32gb
4. The serial number matches
5. It works
6. You can get all the way through the setup process.
This and if he says no, go to Apple and spend your money there.
 

JackieInCo

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Contact the person and tell them that you will have to open the box to verify that there is an iPad in the box before any money is exchanged. If you get an Ok, go for it.

I did this a few times and never got a response back.
 

TWO2SEVEN

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Jun 27, 2010
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Contact the person and tell them that you will have to open the box to verify that there is an iPad in the box before any money is exchanged. If you get an Ok, go for it.

I did this a few times and never got a response back.
A new 32GB air is $599 .
A refurb 32GB (from Apple) is $509 .

I would go with the Apple refurb.
I agree with both of these posts.
 

Kangda

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For $99 cheaper than buying it from Apple directly, no, I do not think it is a "good" deal. For me, the $99 savings is not substantial enough to justify buying it from a stranger off of Craig's List.
 

Gregintosh

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I would get the 16GB Air with LTE for $500 from T-Mobile. But yeah be careful, make sure you open the box and verify contents before handing the money.
 

6thDAY

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Apparently I lucked out.

Met with 2 girls and I brought a friend to make sure.

Did all the pre-cautious steps before hand.

Apparently the girl just graduated from some Law school and they gave it to her as a graduation gift.

Brand new for $500 definitely a steal. Saved me $150 that I used on accessories :D
 

960design

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Apr 17, 2012
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It's a risk assessment. Do 'I' think it's a good deal? Not at all. You are assuming a huge risk for $9US. It'll cost that much in gas to go meet up for the exchange.

A good deal would be $300 AND only if I could verify serial number matched the box and I could get past activation lock. I would also look up online to verify the serial numbers haven't been reported stolen.
 

6thDAY

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It's a risk assessment. Do 'I' think it's a good deal? Not at all. You are assuming a huge risk for $9US. It'll cost that much in gas to go meet up for the exchange.

A good deal would be $300 AND only if I could verify serial number matched the box and I could get past activation lock. I would also look up online to verify the serial numbers haven't been reported stolen.
There is no database that Apple nor anyone else, besides the police departments keeps track of stolen idevices. However, you may have to call different regions to check.

I guess you run the risk of it being stolen regardless of how careful you are, which is why I said I lucked out.

However the pros outweighed 1 con for me, so I took a chance and won. Won't be doing that again though :)
 

HenryDJP

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And don't forgot it will come with one year warranty plus you can buy AppleCare too. :apple:
Not 100% sure he can buy the Applecare. It requires proof of purchase because you can only buy the Applecare Plus for an iPad and it has to be done within 30 days of the purchase to qualify for it. A Craigstlist sale most likely won't count as a bonafide proof of purchase. Apple will cover the included manufacturer's warranty though.
 

960design

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Apr 17, 2012
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There is no database that Apple nor anyone else, besides the police departments keeps track of stolen idevices. However, you may have to call different regions to check.
So, there IS a database that keeps track of stolen iDevices? Your writing style is very informative, incorrect and oxymoronic. That truly requires skill.

I'll not waste my time pointing you to proper places, since they don't exist. :)
 

6thDAY

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So, there IS a database that keeps track of stolen iDevices? Your writing style is very informative, incorrect and oxymoronic. That truly requires skill.
Nevermind, won't waste my time neither.
 
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TheWheelMan

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Not 100% sure he can buy the Applecare. It requires proof of purchase because you can only buy the Applecare Plus for an iPad and it has to be done within 30 days of the purchase to qualify for it. A Craigstlist sale most likely won't count as a bonafide proof of purchase. Apple will cover the included manufacturer's warranty though.
I think he was saying that an Apple refurb would come with warranty and Applecare option, something that the Craigslist purchase won't have.