Man buys Apple iPhone 6s from online retailer, finds only a padlock inside the box

Man buys Apple iPhone 6s from online retailer, finds only a padlock inside the box
Online retailer 11street helped a third-party sell a 16GB Apple iPhone 6s to a Malaysian man by the name of Alans Ng. The device cost Mr. Ng the equivalent of $736 USD, a $50 discount from its usual price. You can imagine the heart-pounding excitement he must have felt when the delivery man dropped off the package days later. But that excitement quickly turned to shock and dismay when Mr. Ng unsealed the package and opened the box.

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.


source: AlansNg (1), (2), (3) via Soyacincau

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40 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Lmfaoooo ouch

13. shaineql

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.

16. Unordinary unregistered

Lolll the log makes it even funnier xD

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

My friend got a slab of bathroom tile, shaped to form a phone! Anyway, that's an expensive padlock! One question. Does it come with fingerprint reader to unlock it?

27. oister85 unregistered

Not even the keys

34. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he should choose the unlocked version

35. Obie-Wan

Posts: 112; Member since: May 24, 2012

I don't think so, the good thing is u will only have to 'slide-to-unlock' it.

25. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

still has more customisation options than iphone.

38. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

he didnt even got the key, thats a bad deal...

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2372; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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.

3. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

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

4. tyrionTheWise unregistered

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.

12. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Jailed? That's harsh.

14. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Stealing someones money or property is STEALING even if done online.

20. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

Grand theft in california is like $600, so jail may be possible depending on the state.

22. hbaddawgh

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

grand theft is over $950 in CA

7. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Good thinking.

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

He needs to jailbreak it obviously

6. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

This could be just a marketing stunt. Could be. I've never heard of this site before.

8. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

At least the Padlock won't bend :)

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

A padlock. How creative.

21. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

Maybe he didn't buy the unlocked version.

10. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

LOL.....At least it's not a brick!!!

11. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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.

15. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Same Specs

18. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

I'd like to think this is some kind of political message someone's using to highlight all the talk of Apple's security now, but more likely it's a simple minded prank.

19. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

How about the dude who bought a iphone and to find out he needs his other kidney back..

23. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

They come shipped with Error 53 now?

24. smartMartian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

Now force TIM COOK to unlock it..!!( some one please put JHON McAfee on the line)

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