Suspiciously cheap iPhones listed locally

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by knownastron, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. knownastron macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2014
    I've been talking to seller on Kijiji (Canadian version of Craigslist) who has 5 iPhones listed.

    All new condition and all suspiciously cheap. Link here (Canadian dollars):

    We've agreed to a brand new in box 256gb iPhone Plus for only $850 CAD. Which retails for $1309 CAD...

    Normally I would stay far away from this. But he's willing to give me his home address to come pick up the phone. I will of course test the phone and check the IMEI if it's blacklisted. But assuming it passes those tests, is there any way this could come back to bite me?

    How are these prices even possible if they're legit?
  2. Zenithal macrumors 604

    Sep 10, 2009
    Likely stolen or they're an authorized reseller abusing their buy price. I'd skip it based on the huge price difference. It's going to be either a) a complete waste of your time in the end b) you'll be hurt by some cretin who lured you into buying a cheap phone.
  3. Relentless Power, Mar 5, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You should meet at a local police department. I would not meet at his home address. Also, the seller could turn around and file the iPhone as stolen, which could lock the iPhone from being used. And then the seller collects insurance money by claiming it was stolen, and then now you're in possession of a stolen phone. I personally don't think it's worth the risk.
  4. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Agree with this.

    Do you have an Apple Store local? If he is willing to meet there, you might be ok. They can look up to see any notes on that Serial/IMEI.
  5. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Every once in a while, a similar thread like this pops up.

    There's a chance the phones are legit. And there's plenty of chance you'll regret it.

    Keep us posted...I'm tired of all these rumor threads. Maybe you'll be lucky.

    Just remember, bad news travels faster than good. :D
  6. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Ask IMEI/ESN now, not later. Don't meet at his home. Instead, meet at an Apple Store or the cellular provider that the phones are from, so that they can check the status of the devices.
  7. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2013
  8. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    And just remember because everything appears legit in the beginning, it could be blacklisted in he future.
  9. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You're willing to show up at a stranger's house, with $850 in cash in your pocket, to complete a deal that seems too good to be true. Doesn't this set off any alarms for you?
  10. knownastron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2014
    Thanks for the reply everyone.

    Interestingly enough, I found another seller willing to do $800 for a new (not sealed) 256GB iPhone 7 Plus.

    This guy doesn't have 5 listed like the other guy.

    The thing about this is I did a similar deal with the iPhone 5 back in the day. It was a brand new sealed iPhone 5 for a unusually good deal (not quite as good as this deal). He also was selling multiple iPhones at once. That worked out alright.
  11. blaine07 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2014
    Old adage goes... if it's too good to be true it usually is. Walk... run away lol
  12. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    There are deals out there though.

    Is this one of them?...probably not, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

    Caveat Emptor
  13. foxconn Suspended

    Sep 6, 2016

    The blacklist didn't exist back then, it exists now.
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I agree with those saying to stay away. The price difference is a huge red flag, in my opinion.
  15. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Listings seem weird. Selling "my" iPhone....on so many listings. "Sealed" and then "works perfectly", how do you know its not DOA? 24 hour returns?

    Why isn't he listing them on swappa or something?

    Let us know how it goes. If we don't hear back from you we'll assume the worse.

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