Man buys Apple iPhone 6s from an online ad; instead of a phone, in the box was a Chinese pancake

Man buys Apple iPhone 6s from an online ad; instead of a phone, in the box was a Chinese pancake
You might recall some of the stories we've passed along in the past about consumers who thought that they were getting a great deal on an iPad or iPhone, only to find that what they bought was not one of Apple's iOS-powered devices after all. In one case, the purchased iPad turned out to be a mirror and in another case it was a block of wood.

But the human desire to make a great deal remains as strong as ever when it comes to Apple's devices. In China the other day, a man advertised an Apple iPhone 6s for $230. The seller claimed that he was smuggling the phone into the country, which is why he was selling it so cheaply. The price was 70% lower than what retailers were asking for the phone in the country.

The buyer, a man with the surname of Hou, made the purchase and received a box the very next day. With great anticipation he opened it, only to find that he had spent his $230 on a Chinese pancake. He tried to get back in contact with the seller to ask for a refund, but it was too late. The scammer, as the cops say, was in the wind.

Once again we have to warn you that if a deal for any smartphone or tablet sounds like it is too good to be true, that's because it usually is.

Thanks for the tip!

source: iNews (translated) via Softpedia

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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44 Comments

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Should not be too much of an issue since the pancake is worth more than the described contents of the box. (Disclaimer: I am an honorary iHater for a day)

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhones have the highest resale value of any mass production phone, that makes that one valuable pancake.

28. ananthu07 unregistered

value depends on hunger for a pancake(or fanboyism in this case)

33. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Exactly, Demand does not equal value.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ummm, yes it does lol. When things are in high demand prices jump, when they're in low demand, prices drop. It's called going on sale. Your post was dumb dude.

39. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm talking more about objective value than subjective. You're thinking of it more simple. So, when demand and price was really high for something like an Elmo doll years ago that means it had a good value? No, it was just a stuffed animal. Same could be said for Cabbage patch kids, beanie babies or any other trendy thing that became very expensive, yet had no real value.

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

45. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Why am I arguing with "darkjedi" lol have a good day man. Might ought to pick up a book on occasion. I'm not arguing resale value. You can't seem to comprehend that. I know what they sell for, I buy and sell phones and make a lot of money off iPhone sheep. Still doesn't make it worth it's resale.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 25, and from there we no longer need to chat lol. I said resale value lol. Bye dude...owned.

51. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

dark is the iPhonearena mascot. He's so cute with his elementary thinking. Mxyzpaldalk is just an iPhone troll. So b/c an iPhone cost someone their kidney in China it's unequivocally worth a kidney? Your lack of depth isn't surprising.

56. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Extreme butthurt detected

57. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

And then you kept on explaining.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Obviously it has some value otherwise demand for it wouldn't be so high. I can see common sense isn't so common for you.

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, not at all.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nerve touched lol. Post 51.

54. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, not to contradict your statement, but I remember when Pet Rocks were a popular thing that people blew their money on.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes even pet rocks had some value.

6. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

That's actually iPhone 7! It has been rumored that it has a unibody made of 100% Chinese cake!! He's soooooo lucky to get it 5 months earlier!

12. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Newest design, based from a cake. Let you feel it like a softy sponge cake.

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The cake is a lie!

7. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Same Specs

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

As (soft-oft+hit) as the cake.

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Arschsalat Same specs...? Same specs as the Galaxy S7. Here, I completed your comment... No, no need to thank me, lad.

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

SMH when are people going to learn, only buy tech from legit websites and retail stores, if a price seems to good to be true then it probably is.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I remember when I bought my iPad 2, I met a lady at a Starbucks. She wanted to sell it, but didn't want me to open the package for fear I wouldn't want it, and it would be worth less. I showed her the money, and said I won't buy it, unless I can see it, and turn it on. She agreed, and I bought it. That's the only way I'll buy something 3rd party. He should've known better.

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

He does not need to be unhappy. All the android lovers are like him since they are not buying better than a Chinese pancake.

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

... I bet your parents dropped you on your head a lot as a child.

58. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Got abandoned by parents. So that's why.

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Why it's so hard for some people to understand that there is no such thing as free lunch? And I'm specially pointing at Chinese and Indians... $4 Smartphones and $220 iPhone 6S...? And lets not forget, Selling their own child? Are they really that foolish? May God help us if thats the case, we are talking about roughly 1/3rd of the whole population here after all...!

18. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Yeah but after this guy gets his Paypal refund he has got a free pancake lunch.

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