Macbook Air. Too good to be true?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LionheartAKB, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. LionheartAKB macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    I'm in the market for a used Macbook Air. I went on my local craigslist and found an ad that seems too good to be true. Here's what's being offered:

    13.3" Macbook Air
    1.86 Core 2 Duo
    128GB SSD
    2GB RAM
    External Super Drive

    The seller is only asking $340! At first I thought the price was a typo, but I emailed the seller and she confirmed the price is only $340! She claims that the unit is 6 months old, in like new condition, still under waranty, and she has the receipt.

    At this point, I advised her that I'm interested in purchasing the Macbook but would like to test it out first. She wrote back and stated that she recently moved to the UK to live with her sister. She claims she lost her job here in FL and thats what caused the move. She says she is also in desperate need of money and that's why she needs to sell it so quickly and for so little. The seller also claims that no one in UK wants it because it has a US keyboard and US warranty. The last part seems odd to me because people in the UK still write and speak in English... I know this is probably too good to be true, but I'd still like to hear your opinions and advice.

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Too good to be true. Check for more real (but a bit higher) prices.
    The story also sounds fake.
  3. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    Email me her address and I'll check her out! Sounds dodgy to me.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its a scam, all the way.

    If you cannot check it out and selling a 6 month old laptop that goes for over 1500 bucks for only a few hundred. Makes absolutely no sense.

    What motivation for a person to buy a laptop for 1499+, then six months later to sell it. It does not matter that she ran into fiscal problems, in fact if that was the case, then there's even more motivation to get the most for the sale not the least.
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Excuses, excuses and excuses. If it was in eBay, then you could try your luck as you have better protection but in CL, no way it's true. BTW, is she even allowed to list it in FL's CL if she doesn't live there anymore?
  6. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2009
    Central England
  7. Pak^Man macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2008
    Columbus, OH

    I've hard this exact story a few years ago with someone trying to sell a MBP on Craigslist..... Scam!
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "she's a con-man!"

    She ain't even a "she".

    If you know what's good for you, STAY AWAY.
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Ah, the old "Thanks for the reply, but I'm currently out of the country" scam.

    Don't waste your time.
  10. gerabbi macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009
    OP: just so you know this same ad and story appears almost weekly in Los Angeles on CL. This is a SCAM.
  11. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2009
    New Jersey
    Yeah man, this is totally a scam, just walk away, no more e-mails or contact, just walk away
  12. LionheartAKB thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    Thanks for all the advice. I pretty much knew from the get go that it was a scam, but tried to remain hopeful. No worries. I will not be contacting her again.
  13. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Posted in SFbay as well...definitely a scam.
  14. Royale w/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    Definitely a scam, I live in Nebraska, and these show up all the time. I have replied to probably 5 different mac ads in the last 6 months and it was always a different name, but same story. In the UK. I refuse to believe there are that many Nebraskans in the UK at any given time...
  15. NicoleRichie macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2007
    Such a scam. you should flip the table and see if you can scam her!

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