Other What's up with people selling brand new iPhone XS Max (usually 256GB) for $500 on Offerup ?

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  1. iphoneuser111 macrumors newbie

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    On Offerup, I see a listing pop almost every 10 minutes. Some are sure scam as they tell you to pay outside offerup using cashapp and what not but some people will accept money inside offerup. What's up ? Does anyone know? I usually will not even attempt to buy if it is a recent account but I sometimes see such from even old accounts with some rep.
    Is it the scam where they will stop making payments and render the phone blacklisted?

    PS: Offerup caps listings at $500 if shipping is involved. You cannot ship something greater than $500.
     
  2. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

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    A lot of the good deals could be from someone getting a free phone in a BOGO deal. $500 for a Max is suspect, though.

    I saw a post on reddit where someone quoted a guy who admitted to posting cheap iPhones and then robbing the person when they showed up to purchase it.
     
  3. iphoneuser111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But these are shipping deals. I know sometimes people may sell really good clones for that price and unsuspecting buyers won't even know that it is not an iPhone.
    I am not sure how robust is buyer protection on offerup as the say we have a day or 2 to check and report issues.
    But I have sold many things on offerup and usually get money (at least notification that it is being transferred) before buyer has chance to verify.

    I like mercari in this regard as they give full 3 days to check and report if any issues.
     
  4. EM2013 macrumors 68000

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    The old saying ‘if it sounds too good to be true’ comes to mind.
     
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    On the market, you should expect to spend about $800 on iPhone XS Max
     
  6. noobinator macrumors 603

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    Just read your post that they can't ship something more than $500 so they are asking the max and then will ask you for more money before they agree to ship it.
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Go with Swappa over any other resale. They really treat their buyers well.
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Bolded: What perplexes me, is if you’re going to sell an iPhone to a random stranger in public, never, ever, meet that person at an unsecure location, _always_ meet at a police department at a minimum. That way you eliminate those types of things from happening *and* there’s surveillance footage if something does go sideways.
     
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  10. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

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    That's good advice. But "minimum"? If a police department is the minimum, what's the maximum?
     
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    A maximum prison with razor wire and armed guards posted above the meeting spot for exchanging the phone. /S.
     
  12. Dano Manndan macrumors newbie

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    meet inside the First National bank's vault
     
  13. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

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    I’d say any public place that is busy is good enough. Most common thieves don’t want any witnesses. I was dumb in my young age and one time sold a handgun to a guy at his house. He loaded it up and immediately went into his backyard and shot an entire mag into a tree. No hearing protection or anything . He lived in the country, but I was still pretty sketched out.
     
  14. iphoneuser111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I avoid meeting at nights and always meet in a store parking lot during day hours. For expensive item like a tablet or phone, I meet inside walmart and we sit in the subway there and do the transaction there in working hours.
     
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I have sold multiple iPhone though Craig’s List and alway meet at a local coffee shop and never felt the least bit unsafe. I do carry, but I do all the time.
     
  16. Tsepz macrumors 68030

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    Okay so this story didn’t exactly go the way I expected after the way it started

    I thought you were going to say he took the gun and then robbed you of the money he had just given you or something.
     
  17. macfacts macrumors 68040

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    A thief could just not meet up but watch and wait till you leave the police station then rob you.
     
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    By the way, in terms of crowded places, don’t ever believe thieves don’t want to be seen, here in South Africa people have been shot, stabbed etc.... for phones in broad daylight in a crowded area, in actual fact, many thieves here love a crowded place as they can disappear quickly and know that even if you are carrying it would be hard for you to guarantee you will get them.

    Desperation can make people incredibly creative, your phone for them is a guarantee to money for more drugs.
     
  19. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

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    I suspect there are very few criminals waiting outside police stations to rob people.
     
  20. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Don't ever meet up with someone for a phone. It's not worth it. I don't care if they live in the same town as you. Pay shipping if necessary.

    Ship to your place of employment or have them fedex the parcel to Walgreens or UPS to a store. All better choices than meeting a complete stranger.
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    That’s fair, but as someone that works as an L.E.O, I would always recommend meeting somewhere where there is a public safety building and camera surveillance, my theory in life, is I don’t trust anyone I don’t know, and I’d rather plan cautiously for my safety and well-being. It’s sound advice from a professional that has seen anything and everything in my line of work. [Or, another alternative is you could use the ‘buddy system’, where you bring someone with you in addition.]
     
  22. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    If you are selling anything of high amount meet at a bank so they can pull out the cash. I had 3 counterfeit 100$ bills from one thing I was selling last year. Never again
     
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Anytime you have a counterfeit bill or suspect you might have one, you can always purchase ‘counterfeit Pens’ that will indicate if the bill is real or indeed counterfeit when you mark the bill. (Banks, retail stores, etc. use these pens every single day for those exact situations).
     
  24. iphoneuser111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it that thing which sometimes I have seen cashiers do in walmart and such? They sort of draw a line or something on the bill. I guess usually happens with greater than $20 bills.
     

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