Man buys Apple iPhone 6s from online retailer, finds only a padlock inside the box
posted by Alan F. / Mar 07, 2016, 12:27 PM
Inside the box, instead of a shiny new gold iPhone 6s, was a low-tech padlock. So the victim of this rip off did what any of us would have done in the same situation; he took to social media. Posting his dilemma on Facebook, the situation caught the attention of the right people at 11street less than 24 hours later, and Ng soon had a replacement in his hands. Because of an escrow system used by 11street, the seller would not have received the money for the purchase until the buyer was satisfied, so the motive is not clear.
Over the years, we've told you about people who purchased an Apple product and got ripped off. One lady thought she was getting a bargain on an iPad purchase she made at a gas station parking lot and ended up with a broken mirror. One mother, buying what she thought was an iPad for her daughter from Walmart, bought a sealed box with legal pads inside. In this new case, police are investigating, hoping to find clues by examining the padlock.
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Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014
In serbia one guy bought some smartphone(cant remember which one) and got 100grams of coffe and a wooden log rofl.
posted on Mar 07, 2016, 1:04 PM 8
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That's why I tend to always try to use PayPal online when I can. They're very good about stopping the money from going to the seller if it turns out to be a bad product. You should also always look into the seller rating. I would never buy from a seller that was unknown.
posted on Mar 07, 2016, 12:39 PM 12
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I concur with that. I can't count how many times PayPal has saved me from being at the mercy of a seller. Sometimes, products I buy from highyly rated sellers still don't arrive after a whole month after the estimated arrival date.
posted on Mar 07, 2016, 6:51 PM 4
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I'm not familiar with online shopping. What if that man lied and made whole story like the package didn't contain a phone but a padlock? How would the retailer investigate this? How would they settle this issue? Just asking guys :D
posted on Mar 07, 2016, 12:41 PM 5
The seller would probably track the iPhone that came in the box. I recall a customer tried to fool the seller here, only to be later caught, and obviously jailed.
posted on Mar 07, 2016, 12:43 PM 9
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It came from Brightstar, which is ironically the same company Marcelo Claure the new CEO of Sprint started. I read lot of comments from people online, who said that his ethics of buying back devices and reselling them is akin to buying something from the trunk of some random persons car on the side of a street. It doesnt surprise me that Brightstar would be selling padlocks.
posted on Mar 07, 2016, 12:58 PM 0
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