Serial Number Check?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by cwalton, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. cwalton macrumors member

    May 2, 2003

    Does anyone know of a way to check a serial number for an apple product in the UK to find out if the unit(s) have been stolen?

    I have been offered a number of Macs, apparently from an office clearout, so would be good to know if there is a way of verifying this.


  2. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    If it's not too different from the US, check the System Profiler and it should have it listed in there.

    If the serial isn't listed there, it depends on the kind of Mac.

    Towers - on the back
    G4 iMacs and eMacs - inside the plastic cover over the CD drive
    iBooks/PowerBooks - under the battery
    older iMacs - on the side by the ports, or underneath towrds the back

    Hope this helps walton!
  3. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    I think he was referring to a service to check a SN to see if was reported stolen, not where the SN's are located on a product. But I could be wrong... :) Another way to get the SN is to click the Apple logo and About this Mac... Then click on the version number until the SN appears (usually twice).

    You may just talk to the local police department and see if they'd run the numbers for you. I'm sure they would do it.
  4. cwalton thread starter macrumors member

    May 2, 2003
    Don't think I explained myself very well...

    I have the serials for all the Macs, however, I was wondering if there is any kind of database in the UK which will allow me to check the serials?
  5. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Like tom said your best bet would be to check and see if the police deptartment would run the SNs for you.
  6. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    call applecare... when you register your applecare, you have to provide the serial number of the machine you purchased the applecare for.

    i know you didn't buy applecare, but someone over there must know how to get you in touch with someone who can do a SN lookup.
  7. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Authorized Apple resellers and repair technicians are the only ones that have access to an online database. You best bet is to get friendly with a Mac repair center and see if they would be willing to tell you about the computers. From what I understand, authorized repair technicians must check the S/Ns before doing any repair work- warranted or not.
  8. Mblazened macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2002
    The Valley
    An Apple service provider can only tell you if the machine is under warranty, and any previous repairs the machine has undergone. It does not list previous owners.

    Apple does keep track of who owns a computer, but the damn things are constantly being resold (ebay, etc.) so even that isn't accurate.

    I don't see any way to find out if they were stolen.


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