Someone (Craigslist of course) is willing to sell me an iPad Pro 9.7" for $400

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  1. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    Still sealed in the box.

    I've checked the Serial, the IMEI, and even gotten time stamped photos. All check out OK. Besides him trying to rob me (which I guess is possible, but we will meet at a Police Station) what am I missing?
     
  2. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    Fell off the back of a truck? Did you ask him why he is selling it?
     
  3. James.K.Polk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    He claims he bought it from Amazon and he can't return. Obviously that part is fishy.
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    Ah... Actually the serial number says to "validate the purchase date." I assume this means stolen?
     
  4. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    If it sounds too good to be true...

    $400 is obviously a great deal from the $600 MSRP, but $400 is also still a lot of money to put out for the risk involved.

    I hate to rain on a parade of a good deal, but I put myself in your shoes sitting at my computer looking at that deal and think, this is screaming for some sort of a scam. Guy buys an iPad from Amazon, and holds onto it for 2 weeks unopened and decides he doesn't want it anymore and sells it brand new unopened for a $200 hit? This screams stolen merchandise. So my question to you is, what would you tell me if I started this thread, and you opened it and read it?
     
  5. James.K.Polk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That sounds like solid reasoning to me. I hate to turn down a good deal, but today I will. Thanks.
     
  6. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    You might be thanking yourself on that one my friend. Too many sketchy people out there, and when stories don't make sense, I run for the hills.
     
  7. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Any chance you could go ahead and forward me his contact info so I could buy the stolen "non-returnable" sealed iPad Pro? ;):D:p

    (obv kidding)
     
  8. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    I bought an Xbox One BRAND NEW for $250 last year or so on craigslist, when it was still selling at $400, it was 100% legit, sometimes it's best not to worry where they got it from
     
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    "Not worrying where they got it from" and "100% legit" are pretty much antithetical concepts. Just because you didn't get robbed, or end up with a fake/paperweight/blacklisted/locked unit doesn't mean it wasn't stolen.
     
  10. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

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    definitely stolen, up to you if you want to risk it.
     
  11. buddhabelly macrumors newbie

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    That could just mean they didn't register the device. If bough from reseller (like Amazon), this happens quite a bit as they report those sales back to Apple in batches. Sometimes they never get linked up and you have to show apple the original sales receipt to get warranty registration.

    Source: worked for reseller

     
  12. DadBod630 macrumors regular

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    You're gonna get stabbed dude. The fact that it's outside a police station is even better for him - what cop would EXPECT a stabbing/robbery to happen at a police station?
     
  13. James.K.Polk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ha! Perfect reasoning.
     
  14. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    I said to meet at a starbucks that was right next to a police station, I opened up the box right at the store
     
  15. maclancer macrumors regular

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    With any other device, you may get registered and get support, even if it's stolen... But with Apple hardware, no way sir. You will end up with a paperweight and losing the $400.
     
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    What's your basis for saying this? Say I buy a device from Apple, then resell it to someone else. The person who buys my device can get it registered and serviced. Now say someone stole the device from me. Apple will still let that person register it and provide service, because Apple has no way of knowing if the transfer of ownership was done legitimately or not.
     
  17. maclancer macrumors regular

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    Trust me, if the device has been reported stolen... Apple will blacklisted the serial number.
     
  18. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I've never heard of Apple doing this. Do you have a link to an article or document showing the steps you have to take to get Apple to blacklist a stolen device?
     
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  21. maclancer macrumors regular

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    I edited the link... Try again!
     
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    That still does not say how to get Apple to blacklist a device.

    I also can't find where I can check if a device is blacklisted by Apple. The article doesn't provide a direct link, just a link to Apple's support pages. From there, I can't find a link to check if a device is blacklisted.

    EDIT: Found support page about what to do if your iPad is stolen. Nothing about blacklisting it.
    https://support.apple.com/en-nz/HT201472
     
  23. maclancer macrumors regular

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    I see that your location is new Zealand... I don't know how Apple work over there but in the US, if an Apple device is stolen and reported... Apple will blacklisted the serial number... The link I sent you said that as well.
     
  24. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Huh? My location isn't listed, but no I'm not in New Zealand. And kindly point out where it says how to get Apple to blacklist the serial number, because I don't see it. Your article claims they do, but I can't find anything on Apple's support site saying how to do it.
     
  25. maclancer macrumors regular

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    From the article I sent you:

    Beware of buying stolen iPads. If an iPad is reported stolen, Apple can blacklist the serial number. You can check the status of the serial number here (I apologize, a software glitch may be interfering with the posted link, the serial number input can be easily found on Apple's site under "Support"): http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/service
     

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