In the last episode of Customer Buys Gadget on the Cheap in a Parking Lot, a woman in Spartanburg, S.C. was duped with a $180 piece of wood painted to look like an iPad. Turns out lightning can strike twice.
Because two women paid $250 for what they thought was a MacBook — this time from a gas-station parking lot. And, it happened in the exact same town where the original customer was scammed. Maybe local news is losing its grip on communities.
So we’re all on the same page: It’s very likely a bad idea to purchase something from the back of someone’s car in a parking lot — whether that be alleged iPads, laptops, puppies, sushi, etc.
The most recent victims told officers that the man in the parking lot said he had laptops, iPads and iPods, which he received at a discount, in FedEx boxes. When the woman got home, she opened the box and discovered a white power cord and a stack of papers wrapped in what appears to be black duct tape.
If you do prefer gadget shopping in a parking lot instead of, say, Best Buy or Amazon, at least open the box to ensure everything’s there.
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