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

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.

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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1. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 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!!

2. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

4. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

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

7. Pocketboy

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I think she was been sarcastic bro


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

She was probably the one who bought the mirror!!

32. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

meet her sarcasm with sarcasm!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

104. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Oh so you meant fsnas is intelligent....

106. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

aww you disliked my comment.....

80. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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' 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

40. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol more original then your statement!

53. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

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

57. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

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

99. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

68. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2357; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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

98. KaiTech

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About the worst post I've ever read!

48. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I agree, she open it wrong!! :)

50. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

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

54. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

You pay for the apple logo. LOL

110. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

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

60. inertiatic

Posts: 34; Member since: May 29, 2012

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

69. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Mirror vs iPad 4 Mirror Never recharge More PPI More realistic colors True Black Bezelless display Cheaper iPad Digital comes with warranty

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.

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.

109. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

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

3. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

its sad that people fall for this kinda stuff

18. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 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 !!

5. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

6. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

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