Is it legal to buy on eBay from this guy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by warensn, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. warensn macrumors member

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    "For your evaluation" is code for "i've loaded this thing up with more pirated software than you can shake a stick at". As a result, say no to this one (and report it to eBay)
     
  5. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

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    Unless he's also selling you the rights to the software (which it doesn't look like) then loading programs on a machine and then selling it is illegal. Make a judgement call if you want to go for it or not.
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

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    You know what it means if it's too good to be true, don't you? Someone is getting ripped off somewhere, that much is obvious.
     
  7. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    People do it all the time. Alas, that doesn't make it right.

    It's up to you if you wanna pull the trigger or not.

    I'm actually curious about the back of the iMac. What's with the blemish around the Apple Logo?
     
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Obviously, you are not comfortable with this listing -- and you shouldn't be.

    Software licenses can be transferred. There is no problem with that. However, the individual who currently owns them, must give up using that software since the license has been transferred. If he is installing the same software on multiple iMacs, then it is obvious he is not doing that.

    Another point to consider, is what happens if you need to reinstall everything at a later date. You do not have the installation discs or codes.

    Anyhow, I would stay clear of this.
     
  9. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't notice that - good catch! It's certainly weird looking
     
  10. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    Thank you much. It looks like somebody put a sticker over it and tried to remove it.
     
  11. Minico88 macrumors newbie

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    This is the part that would worry me, "You have nothing to worry about with this iMac!" That is usually a good sign that you need to worry.
     
  12. illidian macrumors 6502

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    You continuing to use that pre-installed software is much like "borrowing" the discs from a friend and installing the software onto your computer. It is piracy and is illegal.

    However, once you take off the software in question, you're in the safe zone.

    The auction does seem fishy, as others have pointed out.
     
  13. airlights macrumors regular

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    If you have to question the legality of it, don't do it.
     
  14. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

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    Ask him

    Ask him if he has the keys for that software and if he will transfer his rights to you. If not the software installed in that machine will be pirated.
     
  15. firstapple macrumors 6502a

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    The "blemish" on the back isn't a blemish at all. That is a protective plastic sticker Apple puts on over the Apple logo to protect it. As the guy said, he bought it and installed a bunch of illegal software on it, so no need to take all the plastic stickers off it.
     
  16. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Good call. He/she just may need a 'push' to include the discs or keys
     
  17. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    it needs to include the discs. its more then likely pirated (as stated before).
     
  18. Chandler Adaway macrumors 6502a

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    Hm.
    Sounds illegal,
    but you could just ask him to delete the software that he put on it.

    Because it still is a pretty good deal for the computer itself.
     
  19. warensn thread starter macrumors member

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  20. Minico88 macrumors newbie

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    You should ask the guy if he likes to buck fuffalo.:eek:
     
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  22. mdgolom macrumors 6502

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    ok, I'm missing something here. I went to Apple's website and configured the same computer. It's the 24" 3.06GHZ CPU for 2,199, then added on the larger HD and AppleCare which still came out $400 less than he's offering it for.
     
  23. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Everyone's definition of an "evaluation period" varies.

    Mine is I want to see how long I can use it before I actually have to break down and buy a legitimate copy. :p
     

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