Because a deal that sounds too good to be true probably is (ESPECIALLY in a gas station parking lot), a woman in Texas bought an alleged iPad in an unopened Fed-Ex box for $200. Then the seller quickly fled the scene while Jalonta Freeman (who wears glasses with no lenses in them) and her sister opened their brand new...MIRROR WITH A PRINTED PICTURE OF AN iPAD TAPED TO IT! Womp womp.
"He pulled up beside us, and he was like, 'Hey, I've got some iPads and stuff, and I've got some laptops if you all are interested in buying,'" she said Wednesday.
When Freeman's sister opened the package, it turned out to be a mirror about the size as the tablet.
"If you turn it on the back, it actually looks like an Apple iPad," Freeman said. "And when you turn it to the front, it has the prices and stuff."
It even had an Apple logo stuck on it.
Freeman reported the crime to Arlington police, but she never got a license plate number and she admits that investigators have little to go on.
She said she now feels stupid but has learned an important lesson.
"Don't buy nothing on the streets from nobody," she said.
First of all, I can't believe dude even bothered to dress it up like an iPad. If the buyer isn't even going to see it first, why bother? It's not like it's convincing enough to trick somebody actually holding the thing. Secondly, while Jolonta's advice of not buying anything on the street is certainly good (street food excluded), the iPad wasn't bought off the street -- it was bought in a gas station parking lot. That's not a good place to buy things either. Fast food parking lots -- those are where the real deals are at.
Hit the jump for a local news report of the sadness.
Thanks to brandon, who agrees you should never buy electronics in any parking lot. Uh-oh. So this isn't going to be a MacBook Pro is what you're telling me.