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Old 02-24-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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I don't talk, text or use phone a lot, I plan to buy an I4s from craiglist so I would use T-Mobile for 50 unlimited monthly to save money. Sometimes, I see people sell brand new factory unlock. Anyone has experience to buy it via Craiglist, please share your tips.
How do I know if it is fake ?
10Q
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:09 PM
 
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The word craigslist should be a huge clue, lol.

Really, I wouldn't use it to buy electronics. You just never know.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I've bought all my phones through CL.
I negotiate the prices down, sometimes to the same price level you would get it with a new contract or if you were to renew it.

My tips would be:

1) Meet at public place (eg; Starbucks, but ideally the apple store)
2) Ask the seller if he has the receipt and all accesories including the original box (this will reduce the chances of the phone being stolen)
3)Test the phone throughly, sometimes people wanna unload phone that have some glitches, so be careful on this one.
4)Check the serial number on the apple website so see if the warranty is still valid.

Get as much info about the seller as possible (name, phone #, email, etc) because if you run into trouble for any reason it will be easier to track that person down.

Last but not least, haggle. That's what CL is there for.

Good luck
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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The word craigslist should be a huge clue, lol.

Really, I wouldn't use it to buy electronics. You just never know.
I think when we buy iphones from Apple store directly, they are all made in China anyway
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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I've bought all my phones through CL.
I negotiate the prices down, sometimes to the same price level you would get it with a new contract or if you were to renew it.

My tips would be:

1) Meet at public place (eg; Starbucks, but ideally the apple store)
2) Ask the seller if he has the receipt and all accesories including the original box (this will reduce the chances of the phone being stolen)
3)Test the phone throughly, sometimes people wanna unload phone that have some glitches, so be careful on this one.
4)Check the serial number on the apple website so see if the warranty is still valid.

Get as much info about the seller as possible (name, phone #, email, etc) because if you run into trouble for any reason it will be easier to track that person down.

Last but not least, haggle. That's what CL is there for.

Good luck
Thank you for your tips. I want to buy brand new one as they advertise that it's sealed in box, but factory unlock. Is it OK ? Apple has factory unlock phones ? Anyone knows about it?
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Thank you for your tips. I want to buy brand new one as they advertise that it's sealed in box, but factory unlock. Is it OK ? Apple has factory unlock phones ? Anyone knows about it?
Not sure. I don't own any apple products.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Thank you for your tips. I want to buy brand new one as they advertise that it's sealed in box, but factory unlock. Is it OK ? Apple has factory unlock phones ? Anyone knows about it?
Yes, they does. And unlocked phone always priced higher than lock. In short, for outside US. We called them world version phone. Same goes with Blackberry.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: New York City
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A brand new iPhone in the box? Sounds a bit dodgy. I'm sure there are people who get them and don't want them, but it's more likely to be counterfeit or stolen. This was just in the Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/ny...re-common.html)
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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It doesn't bother you that the phone is most likely stolen ?

Hope you don't get tossed onto the subway tracks when some thug tries to steal it from you but what goes around comes around.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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It doesn't bother you that the phone is most likely stolen ?

Hope you don't get tossed onto the subway tracks when some thug tries to steal it from you but what goes around comes around.
Thats both silly and mean.
There's plenty of legit people selling their phones on CL for a number of reasons.
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