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I was in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S3. Agreed on a price of $250 and met a guy last night in Grand Rapids to purchase. I checked out the phone, turned it on, put my SIM card in it and it and made a call. Everything appeared to work fine. The phone was in great condition and no red flags were raised.
Once I got home started playing with it a little more. Was going to put a custom ROM on it and as I was trying to get into download mode to do that kept getting a weird 'factory' menu. Did some Google searches on it and everything was pointing to that it was more than likely a Chinese Counterfeit phone.
Texted the guy back advising him to the fact that he sold me a Chinese Counterfeit. He claims that it's not, that the phone worked fine for him (which it does, however it's still counterfeit). Go back and forth with him a few times he's basically refusing to return my $250 and claiming that I'm playing some joke on him.
My last text to him was that I'd be more than happy to contact the Kent County Sherrif as I'm sure they frown upon selling Chinese Counterfeit items.
Any chance I get my money back or I screwed?
Here's a good video that goes over how you can tell the item is counterfeit.
Fake Galaxy S III - Buyer Beware!
Remember that fake Galaxy S III from about a month ago? It's here, in the TechnoBuffalo offices. When we first laid eyes on the blasphemes forgery, we wanted to know why? And how? Giving it a quick glance, it looks like the real deal. Someone who doesn't know any better, such as a first-time buyer, would be none-the-wiser. But our eyes are trained, and we'd like to think we know a counterfeit gadget when we see one. So what it is about this "Galaxy S III" that's fake? Quite a bit. Unless you have an authentic Galaxy S III handy, discerning the physical imperfections of the knockoff are difficult. In fact, the impostor does a pretty good job of imitating Samsung's flagship, right down to the box. But delving deeper uncovers some pretty glaring differences, such as the ridiculous "Sunsang" battery and rooted software (maybe that's a plus?). Of course, there are other hefty clues that indicate the model you purchased may be a sham. Check out the video to get an idea of exactly what we're talking about. http://tchno.be/Ta55z4
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Is That a Samsung Galaxy S III? We Show You How to Spot a Fake
Sue him in small claims. Sounds like a sure fire win
I have never heard of this problem before. Weird.
so the quality of the phone does not touch you?
Don't buy stuff on Craigslist
This. Craigslist has become a cesspool of scammers
Chalk this one up as a learning experience and then just buy the phone at full retail value.
Was the home screen of a guy with a backpack and two other bags?
You should go buy an S4. There is an ad at the top of this page right now, actually...
Potentially this guy was the victim too, maybe he ha no idea he bought a counterfeit phone.
IF you have the guy's contact information then I'd call the police. Whether they do anything about it is another story altogether. But I'd check other local CL's and look for the same phone and see whether he's selling the same phone in other areas.
Ask him if he can get you some cheap knock-off MSU jerseys and call it good.
ask him to pay you back in hand jobs.
3 really good ones with lube and porn
9 dry cranks to Marie Claire.
lol @ "call the police"
I know GR is sheltered but my god, why don't you call your mom and have her call and bitch him out.
You paid for something you didn't want - that's your problem, not his.
You are probably the same people that were in the water slide death thread the other day saying the woman's family was greedy and didn't deserve a dime.
We've got depth. We've got numbers.
Look on the bright side, at least you didn't catch an STD from it.
Posting member of tRCMB since 1997.
It is ALWAYS a great day to be a Spartan!!!!
I would assume selling counterfeit Chinese goods is some sort of crime? Am I wrong about that?
As oppose to counterfeit American goods?
I would post the number and have thousands of my closest anonymous internet friends call the person...
Craigslist used to be good. I have got some good stuff from the site. Now it's full of garbage.
This country was built by people who worked hard then went home and had just a few too many every night. Then went back to work.
or one expertly delivered hot handy.
No, he bought an item that was misrepresented. He paid for a SIII, not a counterfeit. If the guy had said it was a counterfeit than that would be very different. This is just like all the idiots on ebay that try and sell an empty box but state that it's an empty box somewhere in small print and think they have a solid defense if the buyers sue them, nope, they pretty much always end up losing for misrepresentation of their product.
That we know of.
Here's a tip, don't ever threaten to call the police in a nominal dispute, either call the cops or don't. "Give me my money or I'm going to the cops is arguably extortion".
Sue him in small claims if you don't think you got what you paid for. Get your 250 bucks back but you have to give him back the crappy phone.
That said I've had decent luck buying stuff on CL, but it is full of scammers and I don't buy tickets on there at all.
Actually I did call the police this morning. They won't take a report over the phone so nee to go in this evening or over the weekend and file a police report.
Will see where that leads. If they tell me I'm SOL, then I'll sue in small claims. Only issue is that I only have his first name, type of car he drove, and cell #. Not sure how I can track him down.
I've done hundreds of Craigslist transactions and all have turned out fine. I agree with others on buyer beware, but when you're knowingly misrepresenting an item that is another issue altogether.
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