Trying to sell my macbook, question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dentifrice, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. Dentifrice macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to sell my macbook and people are all asking me the serial number. Is it safe to give it to them ? Why do they want this ?


    thanks
     
  2. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    Hmm I'm trying to think why someone would need it, as well as what damage it could cause.

    Assuming your computer is registered the serial number should be linked to your account, so I can't think what someone could do with it maliciously. Potentially there's a problem though.

    Also can't think what someone would want with it, other than potentially checking if it's stolen.

    I'd say use your best judgement, hopefully someone can provide a more comprehensive answer but I wouldn't give it out myself. There's possibly a way of spoofing it onto stolen machines?
     
  3. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    Serial number will show exact specs and exact warranty end date. Two pieces of important information for potential buyers.
     
  4. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Hm.

    People are "all" asking you the serial number? Really? Has everyone who expressed an interest in this computer asked you to verify the serial number? Or, has only one person requested that you do so?

    Curious.
     
  5. Dentifrice thread starter macrumors 6502

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    not all, maybe 1/3 of people who has contacted me ask for it
     
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Well said.

    Interesting.
     
  7. Dentifrice thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so bottom line, there is nothing harmful that can happen if I give it to them ?
     
  8. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    And possibly if it's been reported stolen or not.
     

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