Woman buys valuable piece of outsider art resembling iPad for $180

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The spectacularly shrewd Ashley McDowell was approached by two men in a McDonald's parking lot where they offered to sell her an iPad fetish for $300. She only had $180, but they gave it to her anyway. When she got home, she confirmed that it was really just a block of wood with an Apple logo painted on the back.

Woman Buys a Block of Wood with an Apple Logo

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  1. You missed the best part.

    McDowell told probers that the swindlers were driving “a white Impala
    with no rims and no tint.” One of the men, she noted, “had a gold

    1. I’m not sure I’d trust her judgment on that. For all we know it was just a couple of shopping carts taped together and painted to look like an Impala.

  2. Yes, it may sound hard to believe, but my usually savvy cousin fell for the same swindle on a street corner in Buffalo, 4 years ago, for an iPhone that turned out to be a brick. Although only $300 lighter, he should have known better; his Mom was a *Moegoe* who fell for the Nigerian get-rich, dubious-inheritance trick, twice!

    1. It’s hard for me to pity people who get ripped off when trying to purchase stolen merchandise.

      The best example is those “I’m a corrupt dictator trying to smuggle millions out of my country. Can I use your bank account?” nigerian schemes. Feel lucky that you only lost a few thousand.

      Just think what position you would be in if it had been real… You just helped a war criminal steal millions. Bravo!

      1. I’m sorry, did you read my post or do you just like dealing in non-sequiturs?
        It’s hard for me to feel sorry for people with reading comprehension problems or people who incessantly write in the second person for no apparent reason.

  3. They did not “paint on” the scene, it’s too easy to buy an iPad decal. This is definitely a re-scam…something from Ebay probably….And that’s a Best Buy tag too.

  4. Reminds me of guys selling “new” camcorders on the street in NYC. Get home, un-seal the box and find yourself a nice brick.

  5. I’m calling it, can’t find the exact image, but HP’s Touchpad ads are the only ones on the market whose ad’s are just like the image on the left. 

  6. I don’t buy this. The way it’s told, the scammers relied on their victim not opening the package until it was too late – nobody is going to believe the item shown in that picture is an actual iPad. So then, why would they waste effort putting any graphics on it at all, particularly that Apple logo?

    I think the woman who told the reporters (and the police?) this story is the only scammer, trying to get attention.

    Edit: Ok I just read the linked article and it does mention this point, although it doesn’t seem to occur to the author that it couldn’t have been the woman making it up, rather than some scammers who were (also) being stupid.

    1. “why would they waste effort putting any graphics on it at all”

      Perhaps in addition to being scammers, they have a trollish sense of humor?

  7. Victim blaming? If you are THAT STUPID, you deserve to be blamed.

    *ahem* I mean, would you like to see my $3 miniaturised yellow touchscreens? You can only write on them with a pen or pencil, but you can take away the ones you use!

  8. I got one of these in much better condition (muh clearer graphics, no scratches) and will reluctantly sell it on for $150. That’s $30 less than the white Impala gang’s price.

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