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Jul 27, 2013 4:17 AM

How can I tell if an iPhone 5 is a legitimate sale?  I want to buy one from eBay from someone who has excellent feedback of over 14,000 items but none of these items are iPhones - they are all clothes. I need one that is completely unlocked because I do a lot of travelling and will be moving to the States in a few months.


I asked the usual questions and was told:


"All phones are 100% original from Apple , Brand New , factory unlocked , in sealed boxes , with all standard accessories included . Each phone have 1(one) year international Apple Care warranty . The warranty is valid once you activate the phone.

Here is our offert:

1 apple iphone 5 64 gb unloked- FOR UK-    £350.00

1 apple iphone 5 64 gb unloked- FOR USA-   500.00$


The prices are made by our supplyers from apple..It depends on prices from your country"



So, it there a way I can be sure I am not getting ripped off?  I know.....if it seems too good to be true - it is.....but.    Because they have more than one, they are not giving me the serial number.  They do accept returns but have a 10% handling fee.


Please help.

  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,900 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:20 AM (in response to megabytes)

    I would be very skeptical. One clue is that Apple does NOT offer an international warranty on iPhones.

  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,900 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:32 AM (in response to megabytes)

    If the phone is defective, it would need to be returned to the country/region where it was purchased to be replaced.

  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,900 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 4:42 AM (in response to megabytes)

    I doubt there is much you can do to warn other folks. If you had purchased a unit from the eBay seller, and it was a fake, you could report it to eBay, or provide negative feedback. Since you are just checking facts, there isn't much you can do.

  • D3BS Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:06 AM (in response to megabytes)

    I do not know why my input was deleted but, to answer your question. You can not do anything since you do not have proof. And the eBay guys are a little thick, they have to use every logged info in order to hear your complain. So my suggestion is you can give them a call on their free phone number and give them the username and inform them that you think that you think the listing is suspicious.

                      But if you bought stuff from the seller you can open case both on eBay and Paypal, you can also request contact information too (i really do not know what you can do with it though).

  • D3BS Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to megabytes)

    Do not even start me about eBay. I can not stand anything...


    - Rubbish communications

    - Dense CS employees

    - Long waiting to speak (in some cases 40+mins)

    - higher fees on digital items

    - Not to forget they are both eBay and Paypal and rob you twice in broad day light


    I mean it really is up to you, i do not know if you read the post that i wrote to you earier but it is a very tricky situation,

    - check every detail

    - Clarify with the seller to every question

    - Make sure to have those as proof both on your ebay messaging service and your email (for the thick ebay guys)

    - Also as soon as you pay make sure to request the seller's contact details, again that is another cautious thing to do.


    Those are the smart measurements that you can do really, to my knowledge nothing more can be done.

  • D3BS Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 7:02 AM (in response to megabytes)

    Usually they do not tell you the original usage of most phones, they tend to reduce, months so i hardly believe that but since you will physically check it, i guess you can decide better. Make sure they do not change any components since i heard that so many times.

                       I mean if you are not planning to buy it from the official Apple store why not still pay extra £20 - £40 and get a 32gb from eBay from high rated reliable sellers. I am sure you can find a boxed one for less than £400.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Jul 27, 2013 7:53 AM (in response to megabytes)

    Apple does not sell refurbished phones. The only way to get one that was actually refurbished by apple is as a replacement.


    Do yourself a favor, do NOT buy an iPhone from an unauthorized source.

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