How to spot red flags when buying a used iPad online in India

Buying a new iPad isn’t cheap, and it’s only natural that many consumers go the used route. It’s perfectly fine to buy a used iPad from places like OLX, Quikr, and Facebook Marketplace. However, if you are not used to it, there is a chance that you may be scammed. In this case, it is important to protect yourself when shopping for a used iPad online. To avoid getting scammed, we’ve compiled a list of red flags to look out for.

shockingly low prices

The sole purpose of a consumer getting an iPad is to save money. Places like OLX and Facebook Marketplace help you save money but there are always risks. If the iPad seems suspiciously affordable, especially when considering the year of launch, you’ll probably cancel the deal. For example, if Apple sells an iPad Air (Gen 4) for Rs 45,000 and if the seller charges Rs 15,000 for the same model without any malfunction or defective hardware, then this is a clear sign that something is fishy. If the seller keeps stalking you for the iPad, there are ways to block the seller or file a complaint.
It is important to know the model number and year of manufacture, especially if you want to buy a used iPad running the latest version of iOS. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)

Check the status

This is basic but all too often people (especially when it’s hard to resist a deal) simply avoid checking the device in person. Always check your iPad for any physical damage. Make sure to check the sides of your iPad and look for any cracks on the screen. If there is a crack on the screen, even if it is a small crack on the outside, it is better not to buy an iPad. Check if its Lightning port/Type-C connection is not worn out or blocked by any object. Because if the charging port is not working properly, you will not be able to use the iPad. If possible, plug the iPad into a wall outlet and make sure the battery is in good condition. If that’s not possible, at least tell the seller to fully charge the iPad beforehand, so you know the health of the battery.
ipad, apple ipad, used ipad, used ipad, used ipad on olx, how to avoid ipad used scams, iphone india fraud iPad is available in different screen sizes in the market. So do your homework before going online and looking for a used iPad. (Photo credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

Avoid Buying an iCloud Locked iPad

On OLX, you will find listings where the iPad is locked to iCloud but the device is available at a very low price. If your iPad displays the Activation Lock screen that prompts you to enter a specific Apple ID and password next to it, it indicates that your iPad is locked to iCloud. In case you realize this later, you should contact the seller and ask them to unlock the device. If the seller refuses to tell you the passcode, it’s safe to assume your iPad has been stolen. Just avoid buying a used iPad if it’s iCloud locked.
ipad, apple ipad, used ipad, used ipad, used ipad on olx, how to avoid ipad used scams, iphone india fraud If you have the option to personally check your used iPad, turn it on. (Photo credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)

People who avoid receiving calls

Genuine sellers or buyers have no problem talking on the phone, while scammers may restrict interaction on text messages. Scammers are likely to ask buyers for their bank account details, then later share a fake text message claiming they transferred the device. When in doubt, ask to chat with a potential seller over the phone.
Make sure to use common sense before buying a used iPad. (Photo credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

interstate sellers

Be wary of sellers located in other countries. There have been times when sellers have listed their products in your city, giving the illusion that they are based locally. Once they know you are interested in purchasing the device, they insist on transferring money via Paytm and requesting your home address. You will likely never get the device. The best way is to only deal with the seller located nearby so you can turn to the local police for help if necessary.

Meeting at someone’s house

Always insist that you meet the seller with someone who accompanies you, whether it is a friend or a family member. Ask the seller to come to a neutral public place. Avoid meeting the seller at his place. Also, avoid sharing your home or business address with the seller.
Do not rush to complete the transaction, even if the price is low. Look for more options – and don’t forget to bargain. (Photo credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

Ask for product photos

Always ask the seller to share as many photos of the iPad in working condition as possible before you make up your mind and close the deal. Sellers often try to avoid sharing the product serial number or clearly stating the damaged product in the ad. If you’re not satisfied with the iPad’s screen, software, or appearance, tell the seller that you’re not interested. But if the seller takes longer to share an iPad photo or share photos taken from a distance, the deal isn’t worth pursuing.

Stay safe, be aware, and enjoy your iPad!

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