Issue with MBA from eBay

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ECJ, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. ECJ macrumors 6502

    ECJ

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    Last night I was on my hunt for a 2013 13" MBA, and stumbled upon an eBay listing. It was for a used MBA 13" 2013 i7 8gb and 256GB, with AppleCare till 2016. The price was $1055. I checked out the seller, read the entire listing many times. It all checked out. So I pulled the trigger and asked for the serial number. The seller provided it and I checked it. It was never registered, and everything was as stated. I'll have the MBA Thursday.

    I checked the serial # on this site http://www.chipmunk.nl/klantenservice/applemodel.html/ and it states it's a 512GB drive, not the 256gb drive stated on the eBay listing.

    I checked other serial numbers of my macs and the site listed the correct information for each. Do you think the seller messed up royally or something else is afoot?

    Nice Name:
    Family name: A1466
    Group1: MacBook
    Group2: Air
    Generation:
    CPU speed: 1.7GHz
    Screen size: 13 inch
    Screen resolution: 1440x900 pixels
    Colour: Aluminium
    Production year: 2013
    Production week: 36 (September)
    Model introduced: 2013
    Capacity: 8GB/512GB
    Memory - flavour: xx
     
  2. halledise macrumors 65816

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    I guess you'll only find out for sure when you get it …
    could be stolen, or it could be a mid-2012 model which carried the same A1466 moniker, but then your specs listing says otherwise.
    the fact that it's never been registered is a tad odd, but then maybe it's a genuine new MBA and you've scored a bargain.
    how many sales does the seller have against his name?
     
  3. ECJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    ECJ

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    The seller has a rating of 100% rating, with 23 positive reviews. 10 sales of those are sales. Checking the items of past sells, they are of other MacBooks or high end camera items.

    I'm thinking that they may have swapped the 512GB SSD for a 256GB. Selling the 512GB SSD on ebay will get you about $600+.
     
  4. Orr macrumors 6502

    Orr

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    I'd be very cautious. That price is well below market value.
     
  5. halledise macrumors 65816

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    if you're using paypal you should be pretty right.
    you have a come-back right there for refund
    I'd be asking seller how come so cheap.
    also you could look at the prices he got for recent sales of the items you mention.
    [if it were me, I'd only be buying if I had a grand to spare so that if it did turn out to be a scam, I'd be happy to wait the 30 days or so for paypal to process any dispute and return the funds to me]
     
  6. cedwhatev macrumors 6502

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    Hell, if it's stolen, just resell it for a higher price! :D Kidding. Be careful.
     
  7. ECJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    ECJ

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    Yeah, I'm going to be very cautious. I used Paypal. IF I get a 256gb SSD and everything see is as stated, then I would still be happy. If it turns out to be a 512GB, then I'll be ballin'. lol
     
  8. ECJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    ECJ

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    Received the laptop today, and everything was as advertised. Pretty great deal.
     

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