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    Default Did Best Buy Sell This Guy a Fake iPad?
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWZnKs3l4h4]YouTube - Best Buy Sold Him A Fake iPad[/ame]


    Are US retailers selling knockoff iPads as the real thing? That's the allegation being made by a man in Massachusetts who claims that he bought an iPad from Best Buy only to find out it was a fake. He says Best Buy accused him of scamming them when he returned the iPad to the store. There's no way yet of knowing what's really going on here, but supposedly other customers have experienced the same thing, and Best Buy says they're investigating.

    Bryan Shlager went to a Best Buy in Dorchester, Massachusetts to buy an iPad for his son, who is a college freshman. Shlager claims his son could not get the device to turn on, and so he then took it to a Best Buy store close to his son's Florida campus. The Geek Squad at that Best Buy informed the man that the iPad wasn't an Apple device at all, but a non-functional fake. There's an interesting twist where Shlager then goes to a couple of other Best Buys before returning to Massachusetts and again attempting to return the device. The local store also refused it, saying the man was trying to get a legit iPad in exchange for the fake. “They accused me of bringing home a new one and replacing it with a dummy and trying to return a dummy,” said Shlager.

    After leaving the Massachusetts store, Shlager claims that Best Buy called and left a message; not for him, but for his wife. "They told her that this happened to five or six other people in the store and they realize that there is an issue," he said.

    Channel 7 News in Boston did a story on the incident and contacted best Buy. Company spokesperson Jennifer McNamara released a statement that said: "Thank you for bringing this situation to our attention. We are investigating but do not have any additional information to share at this time." Shlager says that he not only wants the $800 he spent on the iPad back, but he wants Best Buy to give him a free iPad "for my aggravation."

    Source: Cult of Mac
    Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 12-02-2010 at 10:27 AM.

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    They know its a issue but have not refunded him yet? lol

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    Smells like a scam.

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    Don't buy already opened boxes
    plus he want's an iPad for free? he'll get a refund at most
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    Smell like sue... return it, ask for the money back, print some money and buy another one with fake money.
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    Interesting to see how this shakes out


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    This is a total scam. Not a bad idea though!
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    Is it only in this store or all Best Buys?

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    lmfaowned

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    Quote Originally Posted by candypaint View Post
    Smells like a scam.
    Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk311 View Post
    This is a total scam. Not a bad idea though!
    Either he is scamming or employees at bestbuy are scamming.

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    time for a polygraph? both geek squad and him.

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    I guess, a bestbuy employee open the box took out the ipad and replaced it with a dummy... That's why you shouldn't buy open boxes!
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    Reminds me of the potato/rocks/raw meat found in an ipod box purchased at best buy.

    I don't purchase any electronics from this store for this reason. I've never heard of any other retailer having these issues. If store employees are actually doing this, imagine how hopeless your battle would seem to get your money back.
    Hmm...

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    Bestbuy = WORSTBUY

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    Stores are like this... employees cant all be trusted.. as a former best buy worker, ive seen it first hand.. you have a device, it breaks.. you replace it with a new one.. put it on the shelf.. blame it on a customer when they get home...

    This is also like when the wal mart in my city, somehow had ALL the new iPhones stolen from the truck wen they got them the day before launch.

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    Lol man that would suck thats why i buy straight from apple
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    Lol @ him wanting a free one now for the 'trouble'..

    This isn't court people.. You aren't going to get free **** for your 'turmoil' just because some fake iPads found their way into Best Buy inventory. Anyone could of swapped those boxes with the fakes, it doesn't mean every Best Buy chain is selling fake ones.

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    Now imma get myself a fake iPad and take it to best buy haha

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    This is a total internal theft situation. Either that or it was an opened box fraud refund that wasn't checked. Either way i deal with this stuff all the time.

    This happens all year long not just during the holidays or at christmas. Everyone should inspect their products when they buy it.

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    well if he is not trying to scam.
    then its almost guaranteed swiped before it got into his hands.

    investigation should not be that hard ipad show models are not available on every corner.

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