British man's purchase of an Apple iPad turns out to be a spud

British man's purchase of an Apple iPad turns out to be a spud
We've seen this too many times before. A person is approached by a shady character offering a boxed Apple iPad at a ridiculously low price. The transaction is made and the seller scrams leaving the buyer holding the box, happy to have made a great deal for Apple's iconic slate. However, when the box is opened, instead of a new iPad, inside is a mirror or a block of wood. But now, we have something new that has been substituted for an Apple iPad in this scam, a potato!

It all took place in the U.K. when a man at Picadilly train station in Manchester, England was approached by a couple of men offering him a brand new Apple iPad for £250 ($390 USD). They told him that if he was interested in the deal, he should meet them behind a car park behind Market Street near Debenhams. So sure enough, the three met at the agreed upon location and the buyer forked over the £250 in cash. After turning over the box to the buyer, the sellers drove away, presumably in a hurry. The buyer opened the box and instead of finding a brand new iPad, he discovered a pile of potatoes.

We would normally remind you that when you purchase a device like an Apple iPad, you should only do so from a reputable seller. But we then remembered the mother that purchased a new Apple iPad for her daughter's birthday from Walmart last year only to find a stack of note pads in the box. So our tip for today is that no matter where you buy a new device, demand to see what is in the box before you pay.

source: ManchesterEveningNews via IntoMobile

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44 Comments

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

P.T. Barnum said it best...

24. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Penny wise pound foolish!!

2. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Forrest Gump said it best...

41. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

You never know what yer gonna get...

42. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I was actually referring to "stupid is is stupid does."

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When I first bought the iPad 2, the lady that sold it didn't wanna open the box. She said it would make the device less valuable "this was when the iPad 2 was brand new and sold out everywhere". I told her, if I can't see it before I buy it, there's no way I'm forking over $700. We agreed that if I could open it and power it up, I'd buy it. Luckily it was the genuine article. Alan F. is right, try, or see before you buy.

4. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Say what?! It's so much easier forking over the cash to a total stranger, product-unseen. ;-P

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

You paid $700 for that thing, what happened to: your son's BBall lessons, family and being a "grown Man"?? I can't believe you made your 'fam' starve over an iPad.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Idiot I said "iPad 2". That was in 2011, is this not 2013? You are such a dumbass it isn't even funny. For your info in Vegas that was as cheap as you could get one for 3rd party. Also my fam never starved, nor did I ever say they did. I know you're trying really hard to be a bother, but you're so stupid all I can do is SMDH.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

JOn and one more thing PAP. My sons ranked #21 in the west region of the AAU boys prep basketball, not baseball. He's getting a full ride to whatever college he chooses. That's academically or athletic. 6'5" 220 at age 16 3.7 GPA. So when he goes pro we can eat, nite nite

26. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Well he obviously didn't get his GPA from you!! And, based on his alleged stats', his athletic inclination didn't come from you either; is his Mom diesel'? BTW, "a full (free) ride" is all I expect from you and yours'!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BTW, "a full (free) ride" is all I expect from you and yours! Dude I love that lol, that's CRS "closet racist syndrome". Usually comes out when they get pissed, for getting owned lol. Enjoy your dad pap my pal ;)

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oops day lol bye papster

37. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

That must be a term in "How To Survive Centuries of Oppression" you learned whilst in therapy. You just pegged yourself as the stereotypical brotha' with an inferiority complex who walks around (defensively) with a chip on his shoulder thinking "the man" is still out to get him. Not to mention, you probably only feel comfortable in your own setting and, anything to the contrary causes to attack any group you might deem adversarial (at least in that Mr. Potato Head of yours')!!

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bye papsmear

43. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That was so fkn funny, o PAPINYC you make me laugh so much ®

5. Igneel unregistered

I guess it'll be the most expensive potato he'll ever bought!

8. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Those better be some good ass fries!

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Wouldn't this article be more fun if the box was filled with Apples instead of potatoes? Anyways, lesson here is don't just trust people around you, there are so many bad criminals out there who like to scam others.

7. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Wow, I am completely stunned. How many fools will continue to fall for these tricks? (on a side note...this only seems to happen with iPads. When was the last case of someone getting conned with a fake Nexus or Galaxy Tab?)

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

now we should be more careful of scams. well you got something to eat thou.

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Gives new meaning to Mr. Potato Head (pronounced pō-tâ-tō in England); I thought the Brits' were smarter than that??

12. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

I have a winning lotto ticket worth $300k.. it's the second time I've won in a month so I can't cash it in. Will sell the ticket for 10k, then you can take it in tomorrow and collect the winnings for your self.. trust me, it's legit. ;-)

13. dc0321

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Im a iproduct user .ill take it.lets meat behind a car park behind market street...

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Meat, im, and ill instead of meet I'm and I'll. you sound like the type that woulda bought the potatoes.

19. tswright

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

'My sons ranked #21' You sound like the type that shouldn't criticise other people for their grammar.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey dumb ass it's "criticize" not criticise...Einstein.

21. tswright

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Buy a dictionary

22. tswright

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Sorry, you may not have time to go to the shops for a dictionary, so I'll help you. According to the OED, both spellings are correct. As I am British I would usually spell the word with an s. Einstein. But you still forgot to use an apostrophe. Dumb ass.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30686; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Criticize dumb ass

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