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  • Woman Pays $200 for an iPad That Ends Up Being a Mirror with some Duct Tape


    Many people are always on the lookout for any savings they can get when it comes to buying high priced items. Apple products are no exception here but one thing to keep in mind is to make sure you’re getting what you paid for. When Jelonta Freeman was approached in a gas station parking lot by a stranger offering to sell her a $200 iPad, she jumped at the opportunity. She thought the offer was “too good to be true” as the Texas woman handed over $200 cash to the man. When paying for the device, she was told the iPad was worth $800 and that he was giving her an excellent deal.

    Once the stranger received the money, he quickly drove off and left Jelonta and her sister to open and fiddle around with their new purchase. Little did they both know that upon opening the packaging, they weren’t greeted with the tablet they had expected, instead what they ended up paying for was a mirror covered with duct tape.

    Aside from a brief moment of silence for stupidity, all we can do is give blatantly obvious advice suggesting the use of logic and common sense when it comes to purchasing items, especially when they are items worth several hundred dollars. Furthermore, the credibility of someone selling you something in the gas station parking lot isn’t exactly high, so that is something you may want to skip considering all together.

    Source: Huffington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Woman Pays $200 for an iPad That Ends Up Being a Mirror with some Duct Tape started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 79 Comments
    1. lungho's Avatar
      lungho -
      Quote Originally Posted by soldoutluck View Post
      I live In Dallas, FYI that is the hood, she is ghetto, and she thought that she was going to be buying stolen merch because no one sells and iPad in the box for $200 unless it's hot, so with all those facts She Does Deserve This!!! She tried to buy something she thought was stolen for a cheap price, so she is the one that needs to be taught respect, and their is no better way than being scammed! Just my very humble opinion ... lol
      I agree

      I grew up in the hood and this is how business is done. When we would see a brother selling merchandise out of the back of his ride, we knew it was either hot or counterfeit and/or quite possibly a con. All of us in the hood knew this. I don't feel sorry for her.
    1. Murseman@sbcglobal.net's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by lungho View Post
      I agree

      I grew up in the hood and this is how business is done. When we would see a brother selling merchandise out of the back of his ride, we knew it was either hot or counterfeit and/or quite possibly a con. All of us in the hood knew this. I don't feel sorry for her.
      100% true. I'm in east ft worth by Stop 6 and what you have said is accurate. Not 1 person, foreign,domestic, local, or across towner even looks at this electronic stuff without thinking its stolen. Even kids in our area know gas station goods are grab and go before the cops show.
    1. anotherps's Avatar
      anotherps -
      [QUOTE]Apple should sue mirror manufacturers. Clearly this is proof that people are confused between iPads and Mirrors./QUOTE]
      the best comment here...LMFAO
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      That's why you always check the product before you pay the person I live in Cali and work in the LA area and there's always ppl that try to rip ppl off with scams like this. I've been approached twice at work by guys trying to sell fake iPhone's 3Gs when those first came out I quickly showed the guy mine and said why dont they look the same? He turned around and walked away the second was a guy trying to sell the MacBook airs when those first came out. All he had was a box with a photo copy wrapped around it so I asked if I could open it to make sure it was the product inside he said yeah sure but I have an open box in the car let me go get it... Never came back... So ppl need to inspect and ask if you could open the box before you decide to give them any money for the item.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      The mirror would actually be better than an iPad for retina-display self-face-time chats.
    1. Glocknine's Avatar
      Glocknine -
      ^
      this! Hahaha
    1. Zon's Avatar
      Zon -
      At least they got FaceTime without the data charges.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I'm not one to buy stuff off people at gas stations, but one time I did! Some guy tried to sell me some cologne, and at first I was like "No way, dude, step back from my car." But the stuff he had smelled better than anything, so I bought it for like $13. To this day it was the best-smelling cologne I've ever had, and I have no idea which brand name it was suppose to smell like.
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Quote Originally Posted by nealh View Post
      Yup got what she deserved. No way it would not be a stolen item.
      So because somebody is purchasing something off the street they deserve to get ripped off. I hope u always check UR merchandise cause u deserve anything bad to happen to u. #karma
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Clearly you didn't bother to read the story. Maybe MMI should sue someone because you are confused between headlines and story content? You are as bad as 99% of buyers on Craigslist.
      Clearly you have no sense of humor or just a really bad one. -_-
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      If that happened to me there's no way in hell I would let anyone else know about! It just makes her look like more of an idiot for having videos and stories out there about it lol. I would have kept it to myself for awhile then maybe tell a few close friends/family members to have a laugh. It's not like she's going to get her $$$ back because there's a video on youtube about it....
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      She didn't deserve to get ripped off but he certainly didn't take any measures to prevent it. Unfortunately she knows she is buying illegal merch if its that cheap. She could have also checked it etc.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      At least her iPad has streetview installed (if held at the correct viewing angle)

      Quote Originally Posted by plok View Post
      Is it any surpise that a woman who chooses to wear spectacles WITHOUT any lenses in the frame would fall for this con? (and then contact the media to explain to the world how stupid she is! Check it out below)

      iPad Sold At Texas Gas Station Was Actually A Mirror - YouTube
      That YouTube video worked! Amazing!
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Im sure she was regretting calling the news! She probably got a lot of flack from family and friends for falling for the scam! OTH she also probably got a lot of other people to be cautious about parting with their money before checking the merch! I wonder how many people this guy scammed with this?
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Hey, I always go to gas stations to buy Apple products!
      They're cheaper that way.....
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      This woman and your friend are hardly innocent. They almost certainly expect them to be stolen, given the price and place being offered, but that's someone else's problem, yo! And the woman in the article then whined to the local TV station just to get her 15 seconds of fame. No different than the losers on Jerry Springer.
      While I do agree they aren't entirely innocent or smart, it's still rough for people to get ripped off that way. Her reaction I suppose was stupid as well but nonetheless they've paid the consequence. A lesson to be learned for them.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Wow! Creative yet oh so shady.
    1. luvzzme's Avatar
      luvzzme -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Apple should sue mirror manufacturers. Clearly this is proof that people are confused between iPads and Mirrors.
      LOLLOLLLOLOLOL!!! This got me laughing for the past 10 minutes... someone's got a real sense of humor
    1. Woejangles's Avatar
      Woejangles -
      I know who sold it to her too.... Cartman