So a guy offered me a retina Macbook Pro, but its serial number is apparently invalid

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  1. wickoo macrumors member

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    Welcome.
    A guy gave me C02LJCSMSD56 as the supposed serial number of his retina MacBook Pro. He warned me that it's not recognized on Apple's support website and - sure enough - it does say it's invalid.

    What's the deal with this machine? Is the seller a phony? Are there special cases where a computer's serial number would not be recognized by Apple as valid? It has a Swedish keyboard.
     
  2. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    Seems fishy to me, because a SN from Apple even out of warranty will state something on their site regardless, but I would go with, Don't do it.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    If you cannot verify the serial number then I'd say something is fishy. I'd not go through with a sale based on that.
     
  4. Mars478 macrumors 6502a

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    Could either be a stolen computer/replacement, or it could be a prototype. Take some pictures of it.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Stolen would even come up in their support system as would a replacement. Prototype; however, will not. I would ask for a lot of pictures.
     
  6. Robyr macrumors regular

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    I tend to follow the Occam's razor approach. Chances are the guy just fat-fingered the serial number. Any one actively trying to be shady wouldn't have given you a bunk SN, particularly because of this sort of "WTF" moment.

    Just have him confirm the SN and try again. Also, you should really always approach this with due diligence, the serial is only goingto confirm specifications and warranty, YOU are responsible for inspecting the machine thoroughly before forking over the cash.

    I highly doubt anything weird is going to come of this.
     
  7. Dekard macrumors 6502

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    Have him take a pic of the Serial.. can't fat finger that.
     
  8. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

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    Call Apple at 1-800-MY-APPLE with the serial number and ask if they have anything on record. Just make sure that you have the correct serial number.
     
  9. 5to1 macrumors regular

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    But the seller pre-warned the OP it wouldn't be recognised. Doesn't seem plausible that not only did the seller fat finger on Apples support site, but also when relaying to the OP.
     
  10. HowEver macrumors 6502a

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    Apple doesn't care if it's been stolen. There's no reason to fudge the serial number. If it's a non-working serial number, it's bogus. Run away from it.
     
  11. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

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    What does Occam's Razor say about the guy telling OP that the serial number is invalid even before he sends it?
     
  12. gochi macrumors 6502

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    the serial number is fake.\


    or the bottom plate of the mac is fake.

    it could be, that your entire computer isn't even stock apple….possible a counterfeit.

    can you give more details? really interested.
     
  13. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    Are there any fake MacBooks?

    Barney
     
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  15. HowEver macrumors 6502a

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    Sometimes Apple replaces a motherboard and the new serial over-rides the old one. That happens also.
     
  16. Earl Urly macrumors regular

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    also

    It's also possible the machine got a new logic board and some ******* tech used Blank Board Serializer and didn't put in the right serial.

    It tends to **** up the machine something fierce, I know of a case where someone put the wrong serial on a new Mac Mini logic board and that particular machine never worked right ever since.
     

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