Should I buy Ipad from Craigslist ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ynewmarc, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. ynewmarc macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011

    I'm seeing an very good deal ipad2 from craigslist this morning and planning to buy but don't know how to check its warranty and if it is the stolen one or not

    Does ipad have some kind of serial somewhere that I can check warranty and stolen product, etc ?
  2. JLemm, Jun 5, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 5, 2011

    JLemm macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Checking the warranty status will not tell you if it is stolen or not. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  4. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    I bought a second hand iPad from eBay and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only is it pretty much in mint condition, all my mates have even said that it looks brand new, but I also got it cheaper. Love it : )

    Note wrong with second hand hardware providing you do your research with the seller and of course you read the description properly and carefully.

    Sent from my iPad 2 using Tapatalk
  5. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011

    There is nothing wrong with Craigslist if you do your due diligence and recognize that if a deal sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.

    But, I never buy electronic devices secondhand. These are sensitive things that you don't want to take a chance with. Spend a bit more and get it from a reputable retailer. You'll have peace of mind and a warranty backing you up.
  6. ynewmarc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    What would happen if I accidentally buying an stolen ipad from craigslist ? will apple lock my device and or any future update ?
  7. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    no apple could care less. They don't track stolen equipment
  8. SAVAGE5 macrumors member


    May 23, 2011
    Yea I see i4 get stolen everyday. And iPads.
  9. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    I bought my iPad from craigslist and I haven't had any issues with it. I met at a local bookstore and there I checked the warranty in front of them on my cell phone and just visually inspected everything else.

    I would say as long as it has warranty, it's a pretty safe purchase. I wouldn't purchase it if there was no warranty. You just never know.
  10. ikaveh macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2008
    with serial you only can see how long warranty is apple doesnt care it is stolen or not. but you can ask the seller when he bought the ipad and with serial number you can check if he is telling the truth or not.
  11. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    If you want a screen someone has wiped there filthy hands on, sweat dirt or what have you smeared all over it, maybe even touched while sitting on the potty by all means go for it.
  12. tkadrum macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    I found iPad on Craigslist. Met the seller in person. Inspect the iPad, receipt, charger, etc. Once everything passed the inspection, paid and it is all mine!
  13. pammyspyce macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2005
    Bay Area, Calif
    I bought my iPad on craigslist. The seller had the box, the original receipt and a nice leather Sena case. The iPad was perfect. I got a really good vibe fom the guy. It was one of my best purchases to date. :)
  14. genexrocket macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2008
    I've sold my first iPad on craigslist, the buyer was surprised I had the box, and all the original packaging with it too. :D
  15. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    only the police would care if you buy stolen property ... even then they might not pursue the issue... Apple does not care ... stolen iPads means more sales
  16. topherg macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2009
    If it's a good deal go for it. I'll reiterate what everyone else said, meet in a public place, check warranty. You'll be fine. I just bought an iPad 1 64gb brand new off craigs for 450. Good deal.. At least I think so.
  17. Jay858 macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2011
  18. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    as long as you meet in person in a public place and check out the device you should be good.

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