Is it normal to send the serial number of your iMac to a potential buyer when selling it online?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dapa0s, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. dapa0s macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2019
    The title sums up my question mostly.

    A buyer wants me to send him a sticker that came on the box of the iMac that has the serial number on it.

    Is that like a normal thing? Why would someone need that?
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    With the serial number a prospective buyer can ascertain date of manufacture.
  3. golfgirlgolf macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2008
    Californian living on the other West Coast (FL)
    They need to verify date and model, and warranty remaining or eligibility for Applecare (if any) - it's pretty normal - I wouldn't buy from someone who was hiding it as it would sound fishy if not illegal (stolen maybe)

    Of course you're not sending them the sticker - only a photo - right?
  4. dapa0s thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2019
    Ok, thanks for the reassurance. I read somewhere that someone might be able to purchase parts using my serial number or something like that, but that sounded a bit too paranoid.

    Yeah, I would only be sending the photo of the sticker.
  5. Coley2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    Thanks for the answers so far guys.

    @dapa0s Here's the screenshot of About This Mac

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  6. dapa0s thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2019
    ? I don't get it.

    And you blurred the serial number :D
  7. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    You can ascertain Apple warranty status, week and year of manufacture with the serial number. It's understandable that a buyer might want to double-check that info.

    It used to be possible to register a Mac to your account only using its serial number, but I don't believe that's true anymore, you now have to have the ability to log into iCloud on the device in question. So there isn't much potential for abuse currently, aside from maybe serial number spoofing (on Hackintoshes).

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