Interesting situation with a deceptive auction on Ebay
I’ve purchased more than a fair share of laptops for parts/repair online and offline and it’s pretty well expected that you’ll find at least some working components in a sold-for-parts deal. I got down to inspecting/testing the various parts of this machine and I found that pretty much anything that would’ve had any value was dead beyond repair. The logic board was very badly liquid damaged with most components either corroded or caked in a sugary substance. The display was broken, and although it was not visibly cracked, it was obviously not repairable or salvageable in the least. The ssd was completely void of life and the top case, both keyboard and trackpad were non functional. The cause of death for each part appeared vastly different from one another. The board was liquid damaged, the top case was also liquid damaged but the substance was not consistent with the logic board, the display appeared to have died of either natural causes, or accidental damage that did not leave any impressions behind, and the ssd was also suspiciously clean and void of any liquid contact, which led me to believe it died of natural causes and had been transplanted into the machine after whatever liquids had corroded the other components.
The seller claims to have no history of the condition but after looking through his feedback I can see that he primarily sells Apple Logic boards and displays, and all of his listings describe them as fully tested, working, etc, so it’s hard to give the seller the benefit of the doubt regarding not knowing the condition of this machine when he appears to know how to disassemble and test displays and logic boards.
The whole laptop appears to be comprised of scrap parts that he couldn’t fix/wrote off so he assembled a full parts machine and then feigned ignorance when it came to properly describing the condition of the machine. I’m well aware that when purchasing a parts machine you accept a certain amount of risk, but when I add all of this information up i find it impossible to believe that this was just one big unlucky coincidence.
I’m fairly confident that I will win this case solely based on the fact that the majority of the parts I received were from various years. I’ve requested a return but the seller responded by reiterating the details of the auction “I don’t know anything about this laptop, it’s for parts, no return”. I started the claim within an hour of opening the package as I was almost instantly aware of what was going on.
I suppose the seller was hoping that this auction would sell to someone who wanted something to tinker with or someone who might have chalked it up to “oh well, I guess it’s just really unfortunate that the whole thing died all at once”.
Also, the battery is well beyond it’s expected life cycle at over 1k cycle count. The whole machine is a complete write off aside from some portions of the aluminum housing. The components on the board itself are so badly corroded that they shouldn’t be considered as viable donors for board that is in repair.
I suppose the main question I have regarding this well crafted ploy is, if it’s advertised as parts only, is it fair game to sell something to be used as parts when it can be reasonably assumed that the seller likely knew that none of the parts could possibly be used in their current condition?
Any thoughts on the situation? I’m mostly interested in hearing anyone’s point of view regarding this situation.
At this point there’s really nothing the seller can do to avoid receiving a negative feedback, although I’m a bit surprised that he’s taking the “I don’t take returns” stance, as I feel it somewhat validates my claim that he was just hoping to pawn it off on someone else since he found no other use for it, and hey, it’s a MacBook! Who could throw a MacBook in the garbage?