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Victim pays $200 for an Apple iPad in a gas station parking lot that turns out to be a mirror

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Victim pays $200 for an Apple iPad in a gas station parking lot that turns out to be a mirror
We never like to hear about someone getting ripped off and losing their hard earned dollars, but sometimes it is the price you pay for a  lesson. And we hope that our loyal readers also learn from this story so that they don't repeat the same mistake. Before we get started, just remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Our story revolves around one Jalonta Freeman who was approached at an Arlington, Texas gas station parking lot by a stranger. This stranger was selling laptops and tablets at a discount and piqued Freeman's interest when he offered to sell her an $800 Apple iPad for the crazy low price of $200. Instead of the price raising a red flag, with the holidays around the corner Freeman felt this was an offer she could not pass up, so she handed over $200 to the stranger, who quickly left the scene.

The phony Apple iPad might have fooled some people with the Apple logo on the back

The phony Apple iPad might have fooled some people with the Apple logo on the back

At first, it looked like Freeman had made a great deal.When she unwrapped the "iPad", the back looked genuine with the Apple logo, but the front was covered with a number of stickers and labels that later revealed a mirror instead of a Retina display. Freeman was ripped off and worse of all, she had no recourse. While she did call the cops, without the seller's license plate, there was nothing that the police could do.

Hopefully, you won't find yourself making the same mistake. The fourth generation Wi-Fi only Apple iPad costs $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. Add $130 to each price for the Wi-Fi + Cellular cost. Anyone trying to sell you a current model Apple iPad for $200 is trying to rip you off, plain and simple.

For some reason, the Apple iPad is often used by scammers. Last month, we told you about a mother buying an iPad from Walmart for her kid's birthday present ended up with a box of  notepads. And in August 2011, in a case similar to what happened to Ms. Freeman, a woman in South Carolina spent $180 for what was supposed to be an Apple iPad but ended up being a block of wood.

source: NBC (Dallas-Ft.Worth) via NYDailyNews

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posted on 11 Nov 2012, 03:52 83

1. fsnas (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Well, there is no much of a difference between this mirror and a real iPad.
she should've bought an android tablet or surface!!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 03:56 13

2. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Wow. You're so original. How do you come up with this stuff?

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 04:06 77

4. fsnas (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


'cause i'm innovative... unlike Apple!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 04:28 9

7. Pocketboy (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I think she was been sarcastic bro

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 06:00 32

23. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


She was probably the one who bought the mirror!!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 06:48 30

32. fsnas (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


meet her sarcasm with sarcasm!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 05:09 11

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're something that starts with an I, but its not innovative.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 22:27

104. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Oh so you meant fsnas is intelligent....

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:05

106. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


aww you disliked my comment.....

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 16:14 5

80. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I think she got quite a steal with the deal.
And maybe it's the real iPad, iOS pre-'un'installed, unlocked version...
You get 'reality'display...no lag, no buttons...just the Apple logo and the super reflective surface.
Those who go by the logo should find this quite innovative!
The scammer is a fool to have sold a rare Apple piece. :P

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 07:33 1

40. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


lol more original then your statement!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 09:30 16

53. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


I can bet that the scammer will buy a nexus 7 with that money!!!!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 10:16 5

57. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Bring that mirror to the Police Dept. to scan for finger prints and catch the crook.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 23:29

99. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


one would thing that the evidence would be contaminated by the handeling.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 12:27 8

68. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1318; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I'm surprised no one mentioned that she was wearing hipster glasses.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 23:03 2

98. KaiTech (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Without lenses...she deserved it just for the frames... ;D

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 05:08 7

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


About the worst post I've ever read!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 08:49 4

48. MartyK (Posts: 846; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I agree, she open it wrong!! :)

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 09:07 4

50. oldhamletman (Posts: 72; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


proof!

apple users will buy anything with the logo...... and if it doesnt work.... that's absolute proof its an apple product

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 09:40 4

54. Andman314 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


You pay for the apple logo. LOL

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 13:20

110. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)


Yeah, I think a $200 premium for just the Apple logo is about current market price.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 10:36 1

60. inertiatic (Posts: 34; Member since: 29 May 2012)


With the new front facing camera and the Retina2 display, it's impossible to identify individual pixels while looking at your own face!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 13:30 7

69. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Mirror vs iPad 4
Mirror
Never recharge
More PPI
More realistic colors
True Black
Bezelless display
Cheaper

iPad
Digital
comes with warranty

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 14:51 2

75. Droiddoes (unregistered)


I love that the salesman used a mirror. As she's peeling off the stickers she can see exactly what someones face looks like when they realize they've just been had, and the realization that they're a moron.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 20:48 1

87. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Shes just stupid didn't think bout looking at the box 1st or opening it. She just like 200$ a good pricethen open and like OMG.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 13:18

109. Hlorri (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 May 2008)


To illustrate your point, here is a (albeit older, slightly outdated) comparison between a 2008 iPhone vs. a rock:

http://slett.net/misc/files/evolution.gif

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 04:02 16

3. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


its sad that people fall for this kinda stuff

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 05:15 9

18. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


I don't feel sorry 4 this women ..HECK !!! i even can't tell which ipad is which . i mean 1st ,2nd ,3rd ,4th generation they all look the SAME & identical to mirrors :P .....that's why scammers take products from Apple to steal frm ppl...bcuz they know dumb ppl with too much money use them.....

Lets see them fool an Android User !!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 04:20 12

5. twens (Posts: 979; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Hahaha,can't stop laughing. This goes to show what kind of people purchase apple products and why.lol,next time it will be a brick with an apple logo.I think I better start selling that in my hood.lol ifools.hahaha

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 04:21 17

6. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Imirror .. the most innovative mirror in the world ..

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