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Buying a second hand iPhone 6 on gumtree

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by spudbynight, 2 Sep 2015.

  1. spudbynight


    Joined: 8 Nov 2006

    Posts: 6,784

    Location: Hove, UK

    I've been offered a swap of an iPhone 6 for my Note 4 from someone on Gumtree.

    Anyone able to advise on how I would safely do that? I don't want to get a phone that is water damaged or gets blocked the next day.
  2. Valo


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,630

    Location: Livingston

  3. Captain


    Joined: 1 Dec 2011

    Posts: 19,920


    As above, make sure he removes his ICloud activation, TouchID and his passcode and FindMyIphone as any of these will stop you activating it once you have it.

    Also checkmend to make sure it isn't reported as stolen or blacklisted.

    One more thing, make sure you put your simcard in and make a call, text and to activate it on your Apple ID before you leave, as to make sure it isn't blocked.
  4. bloodiedathame


    Joined: 11 May 2007

    Posts: 8,444

    Location: Surrey

    More than that, physically reset the phone yourself, noting the IMEI before and after the factory reset. AFAIK the Imei can't be changed permanently. And if it has been changed then it is a criminal offence.

    Also make sure you write out a receipt and get it signed. They could after selling it to you, claim they lost it or had it stolen to the insurance company, they get a new phone, plus your money, the phone gets blacklisted and you become very angry. It's not perfect but it's better than nothing. I'd probably do a secret audio recording and take a stocky friend, but then again I'm paranoid.
    Last edited: 3 Sep 2015
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    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Nov 2005

    Posts: 1,229

    Location: Bristol

    Doesn't sound worth the potential hassle. iPhone 6S will be here in a week. Why don't you pick one up then on MM when they will be going like hot cakes.
  6. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Sep 2012

    Posts: 2,206

    +1 for the stocky friend.
  7. spudbynight


    Joined: 8 Nov 2006

    Posts: 6,784

    Location: Hove, UK

    I gave this a miss. I had a bad feeling about it.
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    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 May 2004

    Posts: 1,040

    Location: Carshalton, Surrey.

    If you do want a swap, try over on the AVForums and only deal with members with high/recent feedback.
  9. Steveocee


    Joined: 5 Nov 2011

    Posts: 5,173

    Location: Derbyshire

    Don't do it. I bought a cellophane wrapped 5s from gumtree, guy said it was an unwanted upgrade. I literally opened the cling film myself and it was locked 2 weeks later as it was reported stolen by the carrier. Police involved and guess what? I lost my money and the phone. I couldn't even prove I'd bought it off him in the end....
  10. MrMoonX


    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,034

    yeah phones and gumtree = no!

    he probably reported it as never arriving, got a new phone and pocketed your cash.
  11. Fallen god


    Joined: 4 Oct 2008

    Posts: 6,684

    Location: London

    If you want too save I rather just get a refurb unit from smartphone store then trust someone of gumtree. The only time I would maybe buy it from Gumtree is if it is Sim locked and brought directly from Apple and they have proof as they won't be able to lock it by reporting it stolen (I believe this is true).