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Buying phones on Kijiji - Blacklisted

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Hey Guys... question for you.

Looking at an iPhone on Kijiji.... it's new and has a receipt from the Apple Store so no contract.

Is there a safe way to buy this phone, or can the original purchaser still report the phone stolen or blacklist it even though I have the phone and receipt?

Can I go the Apple Store and register it as mine?

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Not sure why someone would sell a new iPhone for less than retail unless the seller is past the 14 day return period.

It may not matter if you have the receipt because you are not the original purchaser and it is the original purchaser that can have it blacklisted.

The Apple stores also supply warranty replacement phones and receipts for phones that were purchased from the carrier.

Apple Stores do not register phone's to a particular name.

There is always a risk when buying a phone, even if it is BNIB.
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Technically speaking, if we buy a blacklisted phone that was reported stolen, arent we in posession of stolen property? If someone reports a stolen phone and then sells it, arent they essentially committing fraud?
The laws in this country for buying used smart phones needs to change.
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audit13 wrote: Not sure why someone would sell a new iPhone for less than retail unless the seller is past the 14 day return period.

It may not matter if you have the receipt because you are not the original purchaser and it is the original purchaser that can have it blacklisted.

The Apple stores also supply warranty replacement phones and receipts for phones that were purchased from the carrier.

Apple Stores do not register phone's to a particular name.

There is always a risk when buying a phone, even if it is BNIB.
if you have the proof of purchase from the original owner, you can bring it to a carrier store and they can verify and remove from blacklisted number list.
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tetris wrote: if you have the proof of purchase from the original owner, you can bring it to a carrier store and they can verify and remove from blacklisted number list.
Never heard of this being done before. What if the phone is from Rogers and I'm a bell customer? Do you know if I should go to bell or Rogers? This information should be added to the sticky. Thank you.
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Not sure if this has been answered.. but what about phones NOT purchased through the carrier. Can they be blacklisted?
If I'm BYOD on my plan, perhaps it cannot be blacklisted and to answer the OP, maybe this is a protection against blacklisted phones?
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thetipster wrote: Not sure if this has been answered.. but what about phones NOT purchased through the carrier. Can they be blacklisted?
If I'm BYOD on my plan, perhaps it cannot be blacklisted and to answer the OP, maybe this is a protection against blacklisted phones?
IMO, a phone can be purchased from a site like Samsung.com with a stolen credit card. Scammer buys phone, scammer sells phone, credit card company identifies charge as fraudulent and notifies vendor, vendor then blacklists. Just a theory as it seems like its within the realm of a possibility.
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tetris wrote: if you have the proof of purchase from the original owner, you can bring it to a carrier store and they can verify and remove from blacklisted number list.
I bought on similar way - asked seller to meet in Apple store and he did it without any problem. If somebody is trying avoid that, it is big alert question mark why is that ...Before I bought phone, I cannot tell you how many different stories I heard - the common one is that wife bought phone and she doesn't need it. If you hear it, don't waste time ….
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zemun1234 wrote: I bought on similar way - asked seller to meet in Apple store and he did it without any problem. If somebody is trying avoid that, it is big alert question mark why is that ...Before I bought phone, I cannot tell you how many different stories I heard - the common one is that wife bought phone and she doesn't need it. If you hear it, don't waste time ….
What was done at the Apple store?
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audit13 wrote: What was done at the Apple store?
they checked if phone is not stolen ..Once I got confirmation, I pulled trigger and bought phone. Honesty speaking, I saved ~ 150 $ but the next time I am going probably buy without going through this hassle.
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zemun1234 wrote: they checked if phone is not stolen ..Once I got confirmation, I pulled trigger and bought phone. Honesty speaking, I saved ~ 150 $ but the next time I am going probably buy without going through this hassle.
You could have done that too by checking the IMEI blacklist? Not sure what apple does differently since they can't guarantee it won't be blacklisted later which is unfortunate.

The phone could still be blacklisted days or weeks later even after performing a check.
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That's very true, if seller reported it as stolen later, it will be blacklisted and can't be used in Canada.
audit13 wrote: You could have done that too by checking the IMEI blacklist? Not sure what apple does differently since they can't guarantee it won't be blacklisted later which is unfortunate.

The phone could still be blacklisted days or weeks later even after performing a check.
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I haven't done it yet but I guess you have to go to a store of your current provider to show the proof of purchase and they will send the request to blacklist registry to remove from the blacklisted category so that it can be used with any Canadian provider.
audit13 wrote: Never heard of this being done before. What if the phone is from Rogers and I'm a bell customer? Do you know if I should go to bell or Rogers? This information should be added to the sticky. Thank you.
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tetris wrote: I haven't done it yet but I guess you have to go to a store of your current provider to show the proof of purchase and they will send the request to blacklist registry to remove from the blacklisted category so that it can be used with any Canadian provider.
I'm curious as to whether anyone has been successful with this method. I have not come across a situation where this happened and it would be a bit of a loop hole if it could be done.

For example, a buyer uses a fraudulent credit card to buy a Bell iPhone. I buy the iPhone with a bill of sale and use it with Fido for a few days and then it gets blacklisted. I go to Fido and ask that it be removed from the blacklist. If Fido were to do this, it would be a way to get around the blacklisting.

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