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Old 05-10-2013, 17:39
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I'm losing faith in humanity.
Some real scumbugs in this world.

Lost 165 to a scammer on Ebay for an Iphone 4s (don't ask, I was stupid)

Then agreed to meet and pay cash for another one. The seller changed his mind 10 minutes before we agreed to meet.

I just want to buy my wife a white iphone 4s without getting ripped off or scammed!!!

When I finally do meet up with someone, any tips please on how to spot a fake iphone or any obvious things to check?

I'm sorry if this is a stupid thread but I just want to get a white 4s for a reasonable price without getting screwed

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Old 05-10-2013, 17:47
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I'm losing faith in humanity.
Some real scumbugs in this world.

Lost 165 to a scammer on Ebay for an Iphone 4s (don't ask, I was stupid)

Then agreed to meet and pay cash for another one. The seller changed his mind 10 minutes before we agreed to meet.

I just want to buy my wife a white iphone 4s without getting ripped off or scammed!!!

When I finally do meet up with someone, any tips please on how to spot a fake iphone or any obvious things to check?

I'm sorry if this is a stupid thread but I just want to get a white 4s for a reasonable price without getting screwed

TL
I have an iphone 4s 16gb in white in perfect condition I am thinking of selling. Its been in a case for 2 years. Not local to you though.
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Old 05-10-2013, 17:58
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I have an iphone 4s 16gb in white in perfect condition I am thinking of selling. Its been in a case for 2 years. Not local to you though.
Can Paul put it on Ebay and then accept the OP's bid. Bit of protection all round there but maybe Ebay does not work like that
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Old 05-10-2013, 18:09
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If its working on IOS7 its not a fake ?
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Old 05-10-2013, 18:28
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To be honest, how can you NOT spot a fake iPhone? It's pretty obvious.
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Old 05-10-2013, 18:40
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Hi mate, not a silly question at all, it's alot of money to just throw away.

Is there a CEX near you? They sell second hand phones, ok there alittle over priced compared to a private sale but you will guarantee getting a real one at least.

Failing that if you look on sites like gumtree you can just search for phones in your area, then you can actually go in person, obviously you'll meet someone at their home address, anyone who's genuine will have no problem with that. If they do or they say they'll meet you at macdonalds etc then run a mile from them, ONLY meet at their home.

When your there check the back it should say model number A1xxx basically an A and then 4 numbers. I mean really if you've used an iphone before you'll know that they should have a pin sharp display, and it should be extremely responsive to use/swipe through menus. Go to a phone shop maybe and have a play, better still take a picture of the phones home screen and the rear showing the model number and everything else, then when looking at one you could refer to the pictures.

Maybe you know someone who's got an iphone? Maybe you could borrow it for abit while you go to buy one? Go into the settings menu and find the menu that shows model numbers and software versions, these should match another iPhone 4S or it will be similar but not exact if it's a different model iphone.

Hopefully I've given you a few ideas
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Old 05-10-2013, 18:43
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To be honest, how can you NOT spot a fake iPhone? It's pretty obvious.
To an owner yes, to someone who's NEVER owned one though??

There's some real convincing fakes out there
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Old 05-10-2013, 19:06
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Can you not dispute the item and get your money back?
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Old 05-10-2013, 20:16
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Doesn't a fake iPhone look like a samsung galaxy S4?
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Old 05-10-2013, 20:41
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If no one in the family has one its simply uncommon to be using friends.
Conmen are simply ahead of the game and ebay have a habit of turning a blind eye.
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Old 05-10-2013, 20:45
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To an owner yes, to someone who's NEVER owned one though??

There's some real convincing fakes out there
http://themetapicture.com/media/funn...cell-phone.jpg
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:13
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Doesn't a fake iPhone look like a samsung galaxy S4?
I see what you did there
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:53
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Thanks for the responses.

Did a gumtree search and have found people near to where I live.
Messaged a few with a view to meeting in person and checking over the phone.

IMy original post was posted when rather angry. I know we all want a good price for our goods but when you get scammed, messed around and just plain ripped off my blood boils.

Will post back when I have a result!
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:29
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Just buy one off ebay and pay via paypal. Get the phone and check it out any problems open a dispute and return it! It don't get any easier than that.

Or just actually take out your wallet and buy one from apple.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:53
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smartfonestore. com are reputable for used phones and they get plenty of iPhone in.

Also have a look at pscforums co.uk for sale . I have used this a few times and never had any issues.
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Old 06-10-2013, 13:04
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Thanks for the responses.

Did a gumtree search and have found people near to where I live.
Messaged a few with a view to meeting in person and checking over the phone.

IMy original post was posted when rather angry. I know we all want a good price for our goods but when you get scammed, messed around and just plain ripped off my blood boils.

Will post back when I have a result!
Don't think I said, I've bought phones from CEX and gumtree in the past, never had problem. Infact me and the misses both bought our iphone 5's from Gumtree, they were both almost new and bought from someone who had absolutely no issues with giving me their home address's. Stick to that one rule of only meeting at their home and you should be fine.
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Old 06-10-2013, 16:18
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Just buy one off ebay and pay via paypal. Get the phone and check it out any problems open a dispute and return it! It don't get any easier than that.

Or just actually take out your wallet and buy one from apple.
Was happy to buy direct and brand new. But 4s only available in 8GB now?! Not big enough, need at least 16GB or higher.

And in other news someone 6 miles away said they would meet me and have gone quiet.

Btw, I have a black 4s in contract, just after a white 4s for my wife. She wants one and I'm happy to pay a fair price for a used one. After losing 165 in a scam I will only meet in person and pay cash.
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Old 06-10-2013, 16:19
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Don't think I said, I've bought phones from CEX and gumtree in the past, never had problem. Infact me and the misses both bought our iphone 5's from Gumtree, they were both almost new and bought from someone who had absolutely no issues with giving me their home address's. Stick to that one rule of only meeting at their home and you should be fine.
Fine advice and I agree. This will be my new method going forward. Thanks for your post
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Old 06-10-2013, 16:23
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It is not that straight forward.

There will be plenty of the very same faulty phone being passed from pillar to post.
Selling for cash is a fine way to get rid of one with an intermittent fault.
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Old 06-10-2013, 16:37
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Can you not dispute the item and get your money back?
I did something stupid.
I won't admit it but Im sure you can work it out.

Cant dispute it with a fake ebay account either.
Cash is gone. Stupid me
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Old 06-10-2013, 17:12
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Fine advice and I agree. This will be my new method going forward. Thanks for your post
No problem, I mean a lot of people (including myself) tend to put a lot of trust in a perfect stranger, I just like to see the best in people but unfortunately there's some right scum bags out there looking to rip innocent folk off.

Just keep texting/calling/emailing the ads you like the look of and you'll get a bargain. Patience is a good thing when buying from gumtree.

And to the person who said "buying with cash is a good way of getting rid of something with an intermittent fault", not if you stick to the meet at their home address rule. You'll find most people who willingly ( without even asking) give their address for you to buy the item will most of the time be 100% genuine and selling a good item.
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Old 06-10-2013, 17:17
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No problem, I mean a lot of people (including myself) tend to put a lot of trust in a perfect stranger, I just like to see the best in people but unfortunately there's some right scum bags out there looking to rip innocent folk off.

Just keep texting/calling/emailing the ads you like the look of and you'll get a bargain. Patience is a good thing when buying from gumtree.

And to the person who said "buying with cash is a good way of getting rid of something with an intermittent fault", not if you stick to the meet at their home address rule. You'll find most people who willingly ( without even asking) give their address for you to buy the item will most of the time be 100% genuine and selling a good item.
Agree with everything you said. Just gotta learn the patience thing

Thanks again
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Old 06-10-2013, 17:25
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Agree with everything you said. Just gotta learn the patience thing

Thanks again
No problem at all.

Let us know how you get on.
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Old 06-10-2013, 19:16
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To an owner yes, to someone who's NEVER owned one though??

There's some real convincing fakes out there
Thing is, if you look on youtube there's plenty of video's which compare a real iphone with a fake.

And that's the problem.

It's all very well saying "If you look at a real iphone and then look at the fake you can see that the speaker grilles are slightly closer together" or "If you look at the camera flash you can see that the flash on the fake is a more yellowish colour" etc.

Cos that kind of comparison only works if you've GOT a real iphone to compare another one with.
And, of course, it doesn't help at all if you're buying sight unseen from a seller who may have simply used pictures of a real iphone in their advert.

Personally, when you're talking about a purchase worth several hundred quid, I'd just buy from a reputable seller on ebay or Amazon, safe in the knowledge that you can probably get a refund from paypal or, failing that, you can claim a refund via your own credit card if anything goes wrong.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:38
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Random update....

Found a PERFECT white 4s for my wife on Ebay and 10 miles away.

Seller tells me he had a bad experience on Ebay so wont do collection. Only the auction and paypal and shipping.

Gah! Ebay really has some scammers out there who ruin it for us mortals.

The search continues......
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