MBP for sale - fake box?

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  1. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I have just come across this ad for a used MBP Retina. I am not really in the market for a new one but I browse the local websites (in China) from time to time and found this one, and the picture of the sticker on the box looks wrong.
    Does it really say 'Flach Storage' on the box instead of SSD / Solid State Drive or Flash Storage ?
    Just curious.

    Edit: just noticed that I accidentally posted this in the 'Air' section, not 'Pro' - can a mod move it please? Thank you.
     

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  2. acctman macrumors 65816

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    type the serial number in here... https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do if it pulls up then its in Apple's system.
     
  3. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I checked already on another website and the serial number is correct, but that doesn't mean much. Here in China everything gets copied....
     
  4. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    or how about the zeroed out bluetooth id....looks really fake to me.
     
  5. motrek macrumors 68020

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    What's this sticker even from though? I don't recall having ever seen such a sticker when buying MacBooks. Maybe it's on the outer shrink wrap that I just tore off and ignored. They definitely don't put it on their nicely designed minimalist cardboard box.

    If it's a sticker printed from e.g. a 3rd party inventory system then it doesn't surprise me at all if there are typos or some information is missing.
     
  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Those labels are on every Mac box. The typos and the invalid Bluetooth address are pretty solid indicators that this is a fake.
     
  7. michikade, Oct 1, 2014
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    MBP for sale - fake box?

    For the record, yes, it does say "flash storage" instead of ssd on a genuine MacBook Pro box.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1412181483.911749.jpg
    (From the back of mine)

    Now, the missing Bluetooth ID and spelling errors are another issue all together.
     
  8. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    every mac has them.
     
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Right but this says Flach. It's fake.
     
  10. michikade macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I mentioned the spelling error was a different story.
     
  11. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  12. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a

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    In fairness to the seller, the ad does say "have A box" - emphasis mine. My guess is that there's a market for fake packaging too.
     
  13. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    True, but the English in the ad is a bit soso in general so I wouldn't read much into it.
     
  14. abta1 macrumors 6502

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    Considering that eggs are faked, this Macbook box isn't so surprising.
     
  15. motrek macrumors 68020

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    If you want it, just try to do a thorough job of testing it out before committing to buying.

    I would say probably most of the computer/tablet/phone sales on Craigslist are just for the device and charger, and sometimes not even the charger. Getting any box at all with something would be a luxury. :)
     
  16. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    Could be perfectly legit apple manufactured rMBP albeit stolen/fallen off the back of a lorry. In which case fake label with a completely different (legit) serial number would make certain amount of sense from a dodgy sellers pov.
     

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