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Man Buys MacBook Pro at Best Buy, Finds Brick in Box Instead

Have You Ever Been Scammed When Buying a Gadget?


A brick in a box is hardly my dream gadget unboxing scenario, but that's exactly what happened to Consumerist reader Ryan, who bought a MacBook Pro at his local Best Buy, and took it home to open up the sealed box — and found this brick.

So far Best Buy hasn't refunded his money, insisting that he take it up with Apple, but some wily brick-seller in the loop is to blame somewhere. I have my eyes wide open when shopping for gadgets — especially used ones on Craigslist or eBay — but you wouldn't expect to be the victim of a scam going through a big chain like Best Buy.

It's scary how many people have been scammed or swindled when trying to buy a new gadget, so tell me — have you ever been victimized, or almost victimized when you were gadget shopping?

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