The $70 iPhone


A man was lately greeted by a friendly looking sort whilst about town:

“Mate, I got an iPhone I nicked from the shop over there. They’re normally 4,000 yuan ($600) y’know, but I can let you have this un for 500 yuan ($70), ‘ow about that then?”

The friendly thief showed the man the iPhone, let him examine its fine design, and use its svelte touchscreen. All was as it should have been. Quite the bargain, thought the man.

“Ok then, lemme just give you this new un I got ‘ere…” So said the vagabond as he fished out a new and shiny iPhone from a package he had with him.

The man confidently hefted it and examined its exterior, finding it identical to the old one he just saw, and being satisfied, he returned home with it.

Finding it to not work, he quickly opened the casing to check for a fault…


Oldest trick in the book?

Via Heaven.

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    Comment by Garland
    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well he should've atleast tried to turn it on...

    Comment by J
    10:02 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    will.welcome to china.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:37 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha he got scammed XD

    Comment by Potatochobit
    08:28 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just bought a MacPro and it was shipped straight from the factory in Shanghai China to me, lol.
    I don't think you should purchase stuff on the street with chinese money from a guy who has an Australian accent in the future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 25/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh the res4 reference lol

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering that the con artist had to make it weight exactly the same as a real iphone (probably not as easy as it sounds) and for all we know, nothing was actually stolen, I say good for the con artist. Like a previous commenter said, knowingly buying stolen merchandise is also illegal, so who cares if some asshole lost out on 70 bucks.

    Comment by Anim3Fr33K
    16:27 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    lord how dumb do you have to be ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sweet ero deck of cards hider.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    this reminds me when I was a young con-artist just starting out. god i was good. but now i work for law enforcement =P

    funny how things work out that way huh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're still gonna burn in hell lol

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    Comment by XIIII
    10:56 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least it didnt explode in his pocket...

    Comment by TsundereWorks
    Comment by Lantis
    22:15 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is very common here, you know. Beause of that, be very attent to what you buy on the street.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol $70 paper weight XD

    your a fool if you dont check it even knowing its Stolen... hell buying stole is stupid...

    Comment by Bananjan
    04:44 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, is there a factory in China producing Iphones without anything in them, or is this just a fantastic piece of work from his schools arts and crafts lessons?

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    Comment by ObrokenO
    19:31 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't really feel bad for the buyer at all. Its his fault for being so naive. If anything is that cheap you should question why because most likely there's a gimmick behind it

    Comment by VG-Alchemist
    20:20 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, the seller said it was cheap because it was stolen.
    But thats right what the buyer deserves, buying knowingly stolen goods is a crime too.

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    Comment by deathberry
    19:43 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what they say about things that seems to good to be true...

    Comment by sankyuu
    19:50 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    So that's what they look like inside!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gives a whole new meaning to a bricked iPhone.

    Comment by rav3n
    12:21 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, I actually laughed at that.

    Comment by dodgethis
    19:09 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice touch, making it sound as though the guy selling the iPhone's a chav.

    Comment by gau
    18:32 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeap, oldest trick in the book. and that buyer is stupid enough for not checking the newer phone offered...

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    Comment by Bastille
    18:24 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that is why you should always buy things officially, or if you're at least buying them like this, then through someone you can easily track down should they screw up

    Comment by Omnisentinel
    19:55 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, one thing that could be done with that phone... If the cash was readily available, go to the store, buy a real new one, keep the receipt, go back and return it for an exchange (the fake one) and say it's faulty. Places like walmart won't check it.. almost 95% of the time. But then, thats what i would do, why? because it worked with my PS2, when they were still new, i exchanged a dead one for a new one. It's my little scam. Worked 3x.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 25/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what happend the fourth time?:P

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha, I've done this quite a number of times. If any of my electronics breaks, I drive up to whatever store that has the identical item, buy it, swap out, then come back later to return. Quick and easy.

    Comment by Junkujanai
    08:02 15/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Many Chinese stores don't accept returns.

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    Comment by Kyang
    18:25 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    iPhone, meet iPhony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure you meant myPhonies.

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    Comment by metatron
    18:30 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor guy. he got con'd

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    Comment by Crisu
    20:37 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    So he tested the older one that he was given first, found it to work, but then just accepted the shinier second one without testing it, too?


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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    02:06 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey dude, your iPhone looks kinda bricked...

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    Comment by Da_Nuke
    02:30 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was once almost scammed like this. I was leaving a market in downtown Guadalajara, and some dude suddenly approaches me while my friend was buying a watch from someone else. The following dialog ensues:

    - Yo, yo, buy me this perfume! $8, 100% original, no worries!
    - Thanks, but I just spent all my gold up there (bullshit!)
    - Yo, yo, it's bona fide original shit, brought from the States, where quality control is damn tight!
    - Thanks, but I don't have any gold.
    - Yo, yo, I can spray you a little bit so you can smell it! No toxic shit, nothing!
    - Thanks, but I can't buy it.
    - Yo, yo, buy it plz! I just nicked it from a store and I gotta sniff some yayo!
    - Thanks, but I can't buy it. *turns to pal* Armando, I'll be waiting at the Jewelry Center! *walks away*

    Comment by Sailor Enlil
    03:18 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good thing where I come from, when it comes to gadgets, one of the first things customers do before making the purchase is to TEST IT LIVE (eg if a phone, it must be turned on, and be able to make a call).

    Of course, I never buy stuff from a stranger I would bump into in the street like that. I only buy in reputable stores (and I can ensure that by only going to good Shopping Malls, and there are lots of them here).

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    Comment by maru
    01:58 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    U guys sure this is in Japan? O.o
    It has a "CHINA" tag. ^^;

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    Comment by Artefact

    And the prices given were in yuan, not yen...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I liked how this Japanese crook had such a Cockney accent...

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    Comment by angeldaze
    20:54 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid people getting conned. What a wonderful world :D

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    Comment by Kuro
    01:17 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The failing of Japanese society.

    It would be rude and be an imposition to stop him when he suggests you take the "Other new one" instead of the one he showed. It's also embarrassing to yell and scream when you get groped in a subway.

    We need some new outspoken anime role models that don't put up with shit.

    Comment by Aesshen
    05:37 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm. What Japanese society? They mentioned yuan, so I'm pretty sure this happened in China. And it doesn't mean anything more about Chinese society than it did about Japanese. What it does seem to indicate is that there are stupid people all over the place. Including, so it would seem, on the internet.

    Comment by nograde
    05:01 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's one born every minute.

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