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What's the deal with Kijiji iPhones?

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What's the deal with Kijiji iPhones?

I'm just curious why there are so many unopened, sealed iPhones XS on kijiji? A quick search and thousands of listings pop up, many of them hundreds of dollars lower than the retail price. There are more sealed iPhones than there are used ones. I posted my used iPhone XS on kijiji for a decent price and got hit with a ton of people trying to price match my phone with a bunch of new in box ones which were hundreds of dollars lower than mine (absurdly low priced). (EXAMPLE: iPhone XS MAX, Sealed, 512GB for $700). Where do these people obtain these new in box phones for so cheap? Are they reselling them and making a profit? Plus people keep comparing mine with others that have an official Apple Receipt and mine doesn't come with a receipt. Why don't these people just return the phone if they still have the receipt?

Would prefer to get answers based on actual experience (they are sellers, know people who are sellers, have attempted to buy one ETC)
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Koodo loophole allows people to get them cheap. All over the forums.
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Hugh Jass wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 8:37 pm
Koodo loophole allows people to get them cheap. All over the forums.
For iPhone XS ?? When and what was the deal?
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Mok122cobra wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 8:27 pm
I'm just curious why there are so many unopened, sealed iPhones XS on kijiji? A quick search and thousands of listings pop up, many of them hundreds of dollars lower than the retail price. There are more sealed iPhones than there are used ones. I posted my used iPhone XS on kijiji for a decent price and got hit with a ton of people trying to price match my phone with a bunch of new in box ones which were hundreds of dollars lower than mine (absurdly low priced). (EXAMPLE: iPhone XS MAX, Sealed, 512GB for $700). Where do these people obtain these new in box phones for so cheap? Are they reselling them and making a profit? Plus people keep comparing mine with others that have an official Apple Receipt and mine doesn't come with a receipt. Why don't these people just return the phone if they still have the receipt?

Would prefer to get answers based on actual experience (they are sellers, know people who are sellers, have attempted to buy one ETC)
It’s probably scam (blacklist after sale) and or people putting up fake ads to get better deal for themselves. I phone X is going for over $900, so doesn’t make much sense that an iPhone XS going for a lot less.
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Here is your answer..at least this ad is straight up very honest.
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About 85% of all these iphone ads are fake and only 15% are genuine. People get these iphones in promotions or as christmas gifts, they don't want them, they already have one so they sell them in Kijiji.
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Some people think they get the phones for cheaper on contract and can sell it for around retail price. So if they don't need to upgrade for another 2 years, they will flip the phones. Don't see how it's any cheaper unless you're on Koodo.
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I think a lot of the phones were received as part of signing up or renewing a plan. For example, at our work, we have a deal with Rogers where you can get many of the popular phones for cheap or even free if you sign up for a 2 year plan. For example, they are giving the iPhone XR 64gb away for free.

I don't think these ads are that suspicious.
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So.

You want an iPhone at a price someone else is selling it at?

Why the hell are you contacting me?
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There are also some very good quality, fake iPhones out there that can easily fool less savvy (ie blinded by greed) buyers

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MusicBox wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 11:12 pm
About 85% of all these iphone ads are fake and only 15% are genuine. People get these iphones in promotions or as christmas gifts, they don't want them, they already have one so they sell them in Kijiji.
This is correct, you're most likely to get scammed. Even if you're lucky and buy a legitimate phone from someone who profited off of a discount or subsidy, you run the risk of getting blacklisted if the person decides to commit insurance fraud and report it stolen.
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If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Just test them and if it's too crazy don't buy.
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Dubioussyllogism wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 12:20 pm
This is correct, you're most likely to get scammed. Even if you're lucky and buy a legitimate phone from someone who profited off of a discount or subsidy, you run the risk of getting blacklisted if the person decides to commit insurance fraud and report it stolen.
Would a scammer agree to come to a Apple store or even a police station to do the exchange?

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