Trading iPhone on eBay, should I be worried?

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

  1. children macrumors regular

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    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:

    seller:
    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!

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

    seller:
    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! =))

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

    seller:
    0133XXXXXXXXXX1
    [the IMEI has no issues]

    me:
    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 :)

    seller:
    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

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    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

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  4. darster Suspended

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

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    yeah, its clean,

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
    Sure:D
     

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