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California con men trick iPad buyers into taking home ceramic tiles

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    Apple By Lee Mathews Jan. 24, 2014 1:28 pm

    People, it?s time to stop trying to buy an iPad from some random guy on the sidewalk. The chances that you?re really going to get what you?ve paid for are infinitesimally slim, and who knows what you?ll actually be taking home.

    In Ceres, California you might be shelling out a couple hundred bucks for a slab of ceramic tile. Ceramic tile with the Apple logo and iPad text cleverly painted on the back, but tile nonetheless.
    That?s the scam that the Ceres Police Department have been dealing with. Buyers are being approached by sellers that claim to have ridiculously good deals on ?open box? iPads. Police note that the boxes are stuffed with corn starch packing peanuts and a few gadget accoutrements are thrown in to complete the illusion. There might even be a real Apple charger and cable in the box, but that?s probably does very little to erase the buyer?s remorse.
    These new iPad scam victims certainly aren?t alone. In 2011 a woman coughed up cash for a slab of wood. Hang out in the right place with a box that?s slightly bigger than an iPad, put something in it that weighs about as much as an iPad, and pressure the right people into buying one and you?re sure to profit.
    Sadly even in 2014 that?s still a recipe for making quick, ill-gotten cash. Sure, these same people could have gone to a big box store and picked up a reasonably good Windows 8 or Android tablet for less than $200, but come on? a real iPad for the same price? And no sales tax to boot?
    150 years after the phrase was coined, there?s still a sucker born every minute.

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