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Everyone loves getting something for cheaper than it is in the shop’s but as many people have found out recently there are some deals out there that are too good to be true.
Recently there was the story of a man who was selling fake Macbook Pros and iPads from a parking lot in the US. These were products he had fashioned himself out of blocks of wood, he then used paint, glass and silver tape to make them look more like the real thing.
If you are buying anything in person from someone you do not know, take a friend, meet in a very busy public place that has security i.e a mall or food court area. Always make sure that the seller lets you try the product before you buy it, so you can tell it isn’t wood. If the deal seems to good to be true then it probably is or the product is stolen.
The same precautions apply to buying on the internet, a recent macrumors forum post is why I am writing this blog. A user saw a deal for a new retina Macbook Pro on craigslist for $1800 (the actual cost is around $2700) and contacted the seller. Providing photos (but not serial numbers) and correspondence the buyer agreed to the price paying half now and half on delivery of the Macbook. This scenario already should have raised many red flags, the massive price reduction, the half and half money and the enthusiastic to sell owner, that can’t find a serial number, of this great laptop.
If you are paying with Paypal and agree to a half and half offer you are not covered should you be scammed, you are only covered when you pay the full price up front and the goods are not as described.
Once the parcel was posted the buyer slowly loses contact with the seller, the seller that already has $900. Upon opening the parcel, we find out that it is an old used gateway laptop that just weighs the same as a Macbook Pro. Suddenly the seller is out of reach, his phone numbers no longer work and his e-mail is shut down, but he is $900 richer.
If you are buying online stick to sites like eBay and only buy from trusted sellers, if there is anything at all that makes uncomfortable about buying or selling something then do not continue!
We all want to find a great deal but there are people out there waiting to take advantage of that. Think rationally about your purchase, don’t rush in, do some basic research before committing to anything.