CTV reports that as many as 10 fake iPad 2s, made of slabs of modeling clay, were recently sold at retail stores in Vancouver, BC. Best Buy and Future Shop are investigating.
Scammers apparently bought the iPads with cash, replaced them with bags of modeling clay, resealed the boxes and returned them to stores for refunds. The devices were apparently stuck back onto the shelves without being checked because they appeared to still be sealed, and then re-sold to other customers.
How these “tablets” were not detected is beyond me. I can never return merchandise without getting the third degree. I have had to provide a reason for every return, and “I just changed my mind” never suffices. Don’t retailers generally test returned products, or at least check that the contents are present? Those little plastic seals aren’t that difficult to unstick and then reseal.
So what can consumers do to protect themselves? Always open the box before leaving the store, and check that the contents are what you expected.