Would you buy a new second-hand, without proof of purchase?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lorcar, May 8, 2013.

  1. lorcar macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    the guy who is selling me the just activated rmbp 13 said it bought it at the local apple store. I have no reason to think it is stolen or other negative stuff, he just lost the receipt.
    Would you buy it? the computer was activated 2 weeks ago

  2. nylon macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2004
    He can get a copy of the receipt from the Apple Store if he wants. I would suggest you and him both take a trip to the Apple Store, if you want verification of purchase, and complete the transaction after that.
  3. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Hmm that seems rather weird. I'm pretty sure he could easily get a copy of it for you. Or you can run and check via his serial number if you can maybe grab it from him and get it confirmed via an Apple rep.
  4. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    I usually just judge how the person is acting when we meet and what they say. If I have no worries then I buy it, if I have any doubts then I pass.

    If you suspect it's stolen it's not worth the trouble of owning it and Apple finding out through stolen serial number.

    If he seems legit then I'd say you're okay. Trust your instinct!

    Does he have box/charger/etc? Often a stolen one won't have it.

    Apple gets your email don't they? For me they emailed me the receipt. Might be sketchy if he doesn't even have that.
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    What do you mean by "activated"?

    There are multiple reasons that I wouldn't buy it. Including the no receipt for something that is that new.
  6. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    I thought Apple sends receipts by email these days?

    Just FYI, if the laptop is stolen, and somehow this is found out, they can take it away from you. Even though you paid for it.
  7. lorcar thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    he bought it from a phisical store, not online.
    He just got the receipt from the cash-machine, pretty normal in Italy, like when you buy a tshirt or a coffee
  8. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    In a word "No" unless I knew the individual personally, Mac`s are hot in more ways than one these days unfortunately. To me it`s just too much hassle if things aren't what they seem...
  9. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    In the US they email you the receipt, even if you buy in a physical store. I didn't know you were in italy.

    Unless he paid in cash, he should be able to show you some kind of bank or credit card statement... but then, I don't know what the preferred way of money transfer is in italy.

    It would be easier if Apple kept a database of stolen serial numbers. But they don't do it, or at least the information is not available to the public.
  10. lorcar thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    i spoke with the people at Apple, and with the serial number they confirmed everything is fine, and he bought it the 20th march. The only thing he lost the receipt, something you need for the second year of guarantee, because the second year is up to the vendor, not the manufacturer
  11. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Oh thats a good point, in Europe you get two years of warranty. Well taking this into account, I would subtract half the cost of Applecare from the purchase price due to the missing receipt. Then you can decide for yourself whether you want to buy the three year warranty or not.
  12. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Nowadays Apple sends you the receipt per email. I don't think I got any paper from Apple over the last two years, only pdfs.
  13. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Apple store in U.S. gives you option of a paper receipt as well as e-mail.

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