Too Good To Be True?-eBay

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fastlanephil, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    I see someone is selling heavily discounted "new" 2013 Mac Pros on eBay during the Black Friday Specials. They all seem to be the base model with processor upgrades and the option of upgrading the storage and memory. They are selling the 8 core for $3750. Apple retail price is $4999. :eek:

    I don't see anything about an Apple warranty, an Applecare option or a serial #.

    Someone with a shrink wrapper or worse?
  2. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    Sounds fake. Apple resellers make too little money on Apple products. The most they can do is give you cost price in the hope you will return again as a customer or put some accessories in the basket.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you have to ask if its too good, then chances are it is. It does smell fishy.
  4. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
  5. Peace, Nov 29, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2014

    Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
  6. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    seems legit. someone buy it and test it out lol
  7. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
  8. weaverra macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2006
    That 30 business day handling time is a common tactic. You can't file a complaint until after the expected time. By that time it's normally too late.
  9. Chuck Rodent macrumors regular

    Chuck Rodent

    Jan 9, 2014
    Exactly this. Paypal gives you 40 days to file a complaint of non delivery. If he can stall you off for that long through shipping delays then the money goes through. I even had a seller give a phony UPS shipping code to try to stall, claiming the mistake must be on UPS.
  10. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    The guy seems to have a lot of positive feedback and has been on ebay since 1998.

    Maybe he knows something we don't know. Like a Mac Pro refresh in late January.
  11. DonMega macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2007
    Question asked and answered...

    So, I just posted this question to him and got a response within 2 minutes...

    Dear donfullerphotog,

    All of my systems are built to order. I allow extra time in the ad but I quote between 2 and 4 weeks

    On 11/29/14, 8:00 PM, donfullerphotog wrote:

    Shipping: donfullerphotog sent a message about Apple Mac Pro 8-core 3.0 GHz with 25MB of L3 cache #171558644775

    Why is the shipping and handling time so long?

    - smschaefiv


    But he also has a base 6-core machine showing the same long handling time...
  12. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    Yes, that's the seller. They have an excellent rating and a pretty long history of selling, including Mac Pros, but I've noticed that everyone on eBay has an excellent rating.

    They have the same deal on a six core for about $2800.
  13. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Kind of eclectic and random sales history...$5 embroidery patches and bitcoin mining contracts then $3K Mac Pros? Why is the nMP listed as "space grey?" It's black. Why would an "8-core" with "25 MB L3 cache" be "powered by a single 3.0 GHz Quad Core 22-nm Xeon E5-1620v2 processor" with "10 MB L3 cache?"
  14. MMcCraryNJ macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    Technically, it is space grey. The machine isn't black in person, only in Apple renders. It's actually shiny and silver.

    But the rest of it does look shady. I'd stay away personally. Could be a good seller whose account was hacked. That happened to my Ebay account back in 2004/2005ish. Someone guessed my password (or I fell for a phishing scam, either one), and proceeded to list about 5,000 random items, most of which being Coach bags. The prices were marked down 30 or 40 percent, so buyers jumped on it quickly (I also had and still have a great Ebay rating, so that probably eased buyer's concerns). What actually happened is the guy had no product whatsoever, changed over my account's Paypal to his, pocketed the money, and ran.
  15. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I'd avoid. nMP GPUs are a couple years old now, after the refresh you can probably get a new machine for $3,999 that is close to what the 8 core currently offers.
  16. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    These sound suspiciously like Apple discounts or bulk pricing. My guess is the guy has a special contract and he's reselling off that contract when he shouldn't be.

    He may be batching up the orders to avoid ordering one at a time and looking suspicious. That could explain the 30 day wait time.
  17. Gav Mack, Dec 4, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2014

    Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Looks like Apple corporate discounts.

    I get twice yearly batches from a contact of mine with iOS and Mac products here in the UK but have absolutely annihilated my allowance until next year now, the last 15 retina and 2 iPhone 6's were sold last night and my 'Xmas apple shop' is now closed till probably February. I may be able to get a few more iOS devices next week, 16gb 6's likely but Mac will be very doubtful. Lead time on a 6,1 was 2 weeks for standard spec and nearly 4 for BTO.

    Though I sell for more than that discount ratio and I always sell out quickly, but can't get brand spanking new products with a long back order time like the iMac 5k. Apple would rather sell to users at full price then sell to corporate with discount.
  18. rftpa macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2015
    It is too good to be true - STAY AWAY

    Regardless of the seller's rating, he is not a reliable seller and could very well be a very shrewd scammer. Complaints have been filed with PayPal and Ebay. Feel free to message me if you want a more detailed explanation of my experience. Suffice it to say, STAY AWAY!
  19. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Not if you've ever seen one in person. It's not black at all.
  20. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Agreed, it's gray.
  21. sammyman macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    Post here for the forum please. Did you buy one?

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