Craigslist at all is always the first red flag, especially for a great price on the latest hottest thing. It's rare to find a "deal" on that site that isn't a scam these days. Having to wire the money is the final clue. If they want you to wire the cash, just walk away.
10 phones? SCAM
Wire me the money? SCAM
I'm advertising in your Craigslist but I'm really in Winnipeg? SCAM
Selling a product that us unavailable except through authorized dealers? SCAM
Selling a desirable Apple product at a discount? SCAM
Craigslist is for face to face cash transactions only in your local community.
There is only one reason for someone from 100's of miles away to be advertising on your local Craigslist -- TO STEAL YOUR MONEY.
I hate to be the one to say it, but use this experience to develop some critical thinking skills around deals. Don't let greed short circuit your common sense. Good on ya' for smelling something and asking the question here first.
Don't wire money to anyone you don't know, whether it's Craigslist, eBay or wherever else. Remember that Craigslist gives you no protection whatsoever, unlike e.g. PayPal. Think of it this way: if someone sent you an email saying that they would send you an iPhone if you put $350 in an envelope and mailed it to a PO Box address on the other side of the country, how would you feel about that? This is just as unsafe as putting cash in the mail and sending it to some random stranger.
Also, the price is just ridiculous. If an iPhone is worth $350, why would anyone sell 2 for $225 each? Like bsenka said, it's the latest hottest thing. No one who knows anything about them would offer cut price bulk discounts on iPhones. Plus if she says she got them from Apple, then she has to know exactly how much they are worth.
File this together with the "I bought a brand new Macbook Pro last week but my work just gave me a new laptop so I'm selling it for $500!!!" ads and walk away.
DO NOT, SEND MONEY BY WESTERN UNION, MONEY GRAM!!! Never send money to someone you don't know for buying something. This is how i lost $100.00, i was browsing through craigslist looking for an iphone 3G and a person selling them reponded back and i sent the money by western union and he said that he shipped it out gave me a tracking number which did not work his reponse to that was ups tracking is closed LOL what am i a dumb ass well i was but not any more. So bottem line don't do it he/she will do anything to convince you they will tell you that they are a reputable company, have sold to many people. So dont do it unless you would like to lose some money
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See that comment about critical thinking skills above? With respect, please read it again. A few times.
There is absolutely no chance this is 'legit.' Your comment "It may have been legit" displays a profound misunderstanding with online transactions. And stating it after several people tried to help you in the right direction is disconcerting at best. Please deal only in person with people you have checked out and check out what you're buying, carefully, before handing over money. There are ways to make sure online transactions are okay; craigslist is not among them.
Originally Posted by mrfoofoo
Red flags went off right way when I emailed her and she said she is in Winnipeg, I thought so why are you in the Montreal section of Craigslist?.
Then I thought 2 3gs iphones for 450 no one is that stupid.
Then I thought I'd have to send her the money and go on faith that this other person is honest.
It may have been legit and may have been a scam but I'll never know because I can't burn close to 500 bucks of my hard earned money on a hope.
I thought i'd ask here for others opinions
so thank you all.
Coming next: Apple Portable with active matrix screen for sale.