New sealed iphone from unknown person

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  1. Paulenux macrumors newbie

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    Hi! I am about to buy brand new, sealed iphone with box from unknown person. Is it safe to buy, is there possibility that it can be taken by installments or so on and my phone could be locked after few months?
     
  2. BLUEBLASTER macrumors regular

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    Sure its risky. Get him to show you proof of where he bought it first and demand that receipt from him and anything else he might have. Also why is he not just returning it and getting the money back?
     
  3. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    He says, that it is sent from abroad, have box with matching IMEI, but no documents of buying it.
     
  4. Fritz5484 macrumors newbie

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    Probably need a few more details. Is this an online or in-person transaction? Also, how good of a deal is he offering? For example, if the offer is an iPhone 6S Plus (128GB) for $650, the phrase "too good to be true" certainly comes to mind. I would proceed with caution.
     
  5. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    its in-person transaction, hand to hand. Price is really good, 260€ for 5s 64Gb
     
  6. Fritz5484 macrumors newbie

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    Something to consider: T-Mobile is still selling new 16GB iPhone 5Ss in the US for $449 (€592)
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    Average prices look way lower than (€592) on eBay for new 5S models. What's the storage capacity? Is it an unlocked unit?
     
  7. Cineplex macrumors 6502a

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    Is it unlocked?
     
  8. Fritz5484 macrumors newbie

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    The current trending price on eBay (in the US store) is $257 or 338.50 CAD -- for a NEW iPhone 5S (16GB). If your offer is for a 16GB version, I would still be cautious, but at least the price does not seem "too good to be true."
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Ask the seller to meet you at an Apple store (or authorised retailer) and then ask the personnel to run the serial/IMEI number to make sure it's not stolen, locked or anything else.

    FWIW, the 16GB iPhone 5s is on sale here in Finland for 300€, so the price isn't too low.
     
  10. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's 64Gb 5s Gold. In shops here it costs more than 300€ for 16Gb... Nice idea to go to official Apple store check it. I think I will do this. Thanks!
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    Yes, it is unlocked
     
  11. chrfr macrumors 604

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    Anyone can buy a shrink wrap machine. I'd never buy a "sealed" item from someone unknown to me. You may be buying rocks, for all you know, unless you can open the box and verify the contents.
     
  12. 617aircav Suspended

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    Don't do it unless you absolutely know what you are doing.
     
  13. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Seller opens it, no problem :)
     
  14. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    One more thing, it is unactivated. How to be sure its not unlocked via R-SIM or so on?
     
  15. pat500000 macrumors G3

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    Just buy it from an actual store...it's safer.
     
  16. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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  17. pat500000 macrumors G3

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    transaction already occurred?
     
  18. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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  19. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Please take the advice already given and meet at a carrier store or at an Apple Store.
     
  20. Paulenux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    a bit problem, because apple store is far away about 200km :/ can I trust checkmend?
     
  21. ABC5S Suspended

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    Sure, it's save some money, however, if he scammes you, you lose even more. Save up the money for a purchase from the Apple store. It's safer
     
  22. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    It seems like you are just ignoring everyone's advice. Best of luck on your transaction!
     
  23. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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  24. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
     
  25. 617aircav Suspended

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    Just buy it then. Personally if you have to ask you don't know what you are doing. I buy used all the time but use common sense. Meet in a carrier store and test the phone thoroughly.
     

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