Trading iPhone on eBay, should I be worried?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by children, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. children macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    hi, ive listed my iphone 4s on ebay, and someone wants a trade instead:
    She wants $430, which is ok for me.

    but should I be worried she is a scam?

    here are the messages:

    Hi there, saw your post about your iphone 4s for sale. would you be keen to do a swap + cash for a brand new sealed iphone 5 white 16gb?? I'm located in brisbane as well. let me know!

    How much cash?
    Also for what reason would you want to swap from an iPhone 5 to a 4s?

    Because i don't need it at the moment. i just need a faster phone than one tt i have now. I'll be getting the 5 when i get back home next year. =)
    It's an australian unlocked set so no worries=)

    was looking at $450 =) but let me know your offer anyway! =))

    Hi, before any negotiation, can I get an IMEI number? It should be located on the box.

    [the IMEI has no issues]

    Thanks :)
    I can offer you $400,
    Also can I ask where you got the phone (on plan, or from apple store etc) and a photo or two (preferably with the IMEI)
    I'm currently on the Gold Coast, but am going to Brisbane on Tuesday :)

    I got it with a contract with vodafone :) but its been unlocked according to the salesman, if there are any probs i can go get it unlocked with you if need be =) because its still sealed at the moment =)

    Okay ive attached 2 pics, i attempted to take one of the imei no but my current phones do not have focus function =(

    Well, what about $425? =) sorry, just a student needing some cash=( are you selling the iphone 5 if we do deal? otherwise i can pass you a free screen protector so you save about 15-20bucks? essentially paying about $400.

    What time will you be in brisbane on tues? =) i will be done with school only at 6! or i could meet you in the earlier part of the morning if you can make it.


    Are there any red flags?
    ive bought and sold a fair bit on ebay, but this is the first time someone offered a trade..
    Im planning on giving this phone to my girlfriend, so I dont want any issues :)
  2. Saileshbreaker macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    I'm not from Australia but i saw a link that allows you to check for lost/stolen mobile phone, did you check that?
  3. Recon73 macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2012
    United States
  4. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    Yea red flags. She could sell it in 1 hour for $600.
  5. children thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    yeah, its clean,

    I also think its too good to be true.. guess i wasnt the only one :eek:
  6. DemonBob macrumors member


    Mar 26, 2010
    San Antonio, TX
    Have her meet you at the carrier store, do the swap & setup there to have the carriers employees there to verify the phone.
  7. children thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    hi, we decided to do that.
    by any chance, would he/she be able to block the phone after the trade? (for whatever reason)
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I wouldnt risk it.
    Sounds like a bunch of BS to me.
    Someone on ebay wants you to cancel your auction and meet them in person to trade it for an i5.

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