Terribly incorrect ad.

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  1. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

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    I was reading an article when I saw this ad.

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    This deal has to be too good to be true. Because its clearly not real. There is no 24" iMac, correct? I find it funny how companies can't even get a simple number right :rolleyes:
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It appears to be a used iMac. Yes, there have been several 24" iMac models, from late 2006 to early 2009.

    You can find specs on all Apple products:
     
  3. Mister Bumbo macrumors 6502

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    Yep, 24" (and 20") were discontinued in 2009 due to new models being 27" and 21.5".
     
  4. Orange Furball thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh! Interesting! I though apple would do a total redesign before changing screen sizes. (Can you tell I'm sorta new to Macs?)
     
  5. iamdavekennedy macrumors regular

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    They did...

    The one in the picture has an aluminium front, with a full aluminium surround for the screen, the screen glass cover doesn't run edge to edge, you can see that quite clearly in the image (it had rounded corners)

    Also the back of those models was plastic and had larger 'chins'
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I was pretty amazed to see Amazon still selling them....Old stock lying around I guess.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    the bidding sites are real, but it's really nothing more than gambling. There are other threads on the forum about them, for example qbids. I still think of them as a scam, but other people have been lucky and gotten real stuff.
     
  8. Adam552 macrumors 6502

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    It's because many bid websites actually charge you to bid on the item.
     
  9. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I own a 24" iMac from 2009; so they do exist.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yeah, but do YOU exist??? :D
     
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    Only in the Matrix, do I exist!
     
  12. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Someone's obviously just gotten it wrong when they designed the ad. It happens.

    Also, it's for one of those bid sites where you'll pay maybe £20 for 20 bids, then pay the final value of the item if you win it. They make their money off bid packages, not the items.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Gotten what wrong?
     
  14. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    There _was_ a 24" iMac. And it had a list price. I would be curious where you would find one nowadays, but if you found it, you could sell it.

    However, this site is probably a so-called "penny auction" site. Which isn't an auction site at all. In an auction, everyone can bid, and the highest bidder then buys the item for the bid price, while everyone else goes home without paying anything. On a "penny auction" site, you pay to make what they call a "bid", which then increases the purchase price by one penny. The item is "sold" when nobody bids for a while. Which means that one person wins the right to buy the item for the "bid price", but everyone involved has handed over huge amounts of money for these "bids".

    In other words, it is a legal scam to rob people who are bad at maths.
     
  15. Orange Furball thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The bidding sites charge you an upfront fee to buy bids. Then you pay on top of that. My dad won a watch and a spoon for $2 but spend $60 just to get 100 bids.
     
  16. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    The machine size. It'll be a new iMac, but it's likely someone's just put the size down incorrectly.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, it's a used 24" iMac that the ad refers to, even if the picture doesn't match.
     
  18. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Glad you corrected me there, otherwise I might've looked like a complete idiot on the internet and nobody wants that.
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    LOL! The ads are designed to confuse, so it's completely understandable. It just shows you're not yet so jaded that your first thought on reading any ad is "now how is this not a scam?" :D
     
  20. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Do you have a link to that site for the spoon? I have a fork and a knife and just need the spoon to complete the set!
     
  21. John T macrumors 68020

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    They're not! Used and referbs from approved sellers. :)
     
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    iMacFarlane macrumors 65816

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    There is no spoon. :cool:

    But with the constant barrage of bogus deals and adverts we see everywhere, this cartoon makes you wonder, no?

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  23. marzer macrumors 65816

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    All the discussion regarding the validity of the ad when all they are pointing out is that someone, at sometime won bidding on a 24" iMac at a reduced price.

    The real discussion is all the idiots that spent tens of thousands of dollars purchasing bids before some lucky b@st@rd at the last minute swooped in with just a handful of bids to pick it up at the final price.
     

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