Selling iPhone on eBay and bidder wants to know the serial number.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by exhibit.b, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. exhibit.b macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Should I give it to them? It shouldn't be a problem should it?
  2. j.dstasio macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    South Jersey
    Shouldn't be an issue. The buyer probably want to check on apple site to see what kind of support is left for it. You can also tell the manufacture date from the serial. If it's a 3GS, he/she probably wants to know if it was manufactured after or before the new boot-roms were used for jailbreaking purposes.
  3. bigtrip macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    don't do it

    Don't do it, it's a scam. I had someone try the same thing with me when I tried to sell my 3g on ebay. It sounded shady so I googled it and found that a legit serial # can somehow be transferred to a stolen iphone in order to activate it. I don't know the technical stuff on how it works, but it is a scam. Within an hour ebay contacted me because I had responded to the persons email, saying that any correspondence with his account was suspect because the account had been compromised.
  4. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    So it seems like everyone agrees that selling an iPhone on ebay is a terrible idea. It's scam after scam. I'd say try to sell locally through craigslist or word of mouth even if you have to get a little less for it. It's not worth dealing with all the scumbags on ebay.

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