Last Updated as of April 30, 2019
It isn't shocking, with a brand new iPhone Xs Max costing over $1,100, to hear that people are reverting to purchasing second hand iPhone's from third party applications such as OfferUp, LetGo, Craigslist, 5Mile, Facebook Marketplace, or any other similar applications.
These third party applications have made it extremely easy to buy, sell, or even give away used belongings. As a result a large number of individuals in the United States have used these applications to earn some extra cash. But of course these applications come with some risk especially when purchasing a used second hand iPhone.
For this article we want to focus in helping people minimize that risk and provide a safe and secure way to purchase a used iPhone.
These are the common issues people face in purchasing a used second hand iPhone and will then proceed to give you five recommendations to help you minimize these risks.
The following are focal points you should consider before you purchase a used iPhone from OfferUp, LetGo, Craigslist, eBay, and the Facebook marketplace.
Our first suggestion is to meet individuals in the public area. This is for the safety of both parties. Another suggestion is to meet at a place that gives you access to Wi-Fi. Accessibility to Wi-Fi becomes useful for testing the iPhone later on.
The following are suggestions for public locations:
A red flags should automatically be raised if they are not willing to meet in a public area so proceed with caution. Of course try to read the individual and body language.
This video shows you how to spot iCloud Activation Lock
DON'T! take ownership of any iPhone with a iCloud Activation Lock. iCloud lock is nearly impossible to remove unless you're the original owner or is present to remove it. Not even an Apple Store employee can help you remove it.
iCloud Activation Lock is the second most common way people get scammed when purchasing a second hand iPhone on Craigslist, LetGo, Facebook Market Place, eBay, and OfferUp. iCloud Activation Lock is a form of Factory Reset Protection (similar to Google Lock in Androids) that was established by Apple. This lock is activated when a iPhone or iPad is reset to factory settings and iCloud wasn't removed.
Best way to avoid iCloud Activation lock on an iPhone:
The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is unique serial number given to each cell phone device. It is used to identify if the device is stolen, lost, or blacklisted. This is one of the first things you should check if you're considering purchasing a used cell phone or tablet.
Find the IMEI on your device:
Easy way to check the IMEI. For Free!
*It's against the law to selling and purchase any stolen/lost used iPhone therefore we highly recommend not purchasing any iPhone that is blacklisted. We knew a guy that went to jail for several months for purchasing stolen Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge's for parts.
Back in 2016 I purchased a brand new Blackberry Priv from a seller on eBay. The Blackberry Priv came At&t factory unlocked (GSM) and I was super excited to bring into the Verizon network (CDMA). At that time my understanding of unlocked phones was that unlocked meant you can use it with any carrier without restrictions. To my disappointment it didn't work. All I can do is text and call. Not even changing the APN setting worked.
Do the following to tests to verify if the used cell phone is compatible for your cellphone provider:
If the price if too good to be true, then it probably is. More often than not, a cell phone selling at a good price will mostly be stolen or have something wrong with it.
Make sure you get the best deal possible. Compare online prices and use that towards your price negotiations.
Make sure that that the device is working properly. Try out:
Thank you for reading. Feel free to leave a comment down below if you have other recommendations.