Con men sell floor tiles as iPads to unsuspecting public

The popularity of Apple products combined with the out-of-reach pricing for some has been misused by con men to fool the people of Ceres in California's Central Valley into buying "iPads" that were actually floor tiles.

According to the Ceres Police Department, numerous reports have been filed by people who were approached by scammers offering the tablets for an "out of the box" discounted price. The product in question was merely a floor tile matching the size of an iPad with an Apple logo and bubble wrap to make it look like the real deal.

The buyers who fell for the scam did not check the "iPad" after seeing all the packing material, including accessories and documentation, only to realize that it was a paper-covered tile upon reaching home. Similar incidents have taken place in the past where people were sold soap bars as iPhones, wooden blocks as iPads and a bag of onions as a Mac.

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I don't see what the problem is here. While it might not be as "cool" as an iPad, a floor tile is infinitely more useful.

Here in China it's even worse. They sell fake floor tiles.

How do you not check this? Just pick it and turn it over. And if they won't allow you to do that, then its obviously fake.

If you bought this, you deserve to lose your money.

I don't feel the least bit of sympathy for those that fall victim to these cons. If people are stupid enough to believe "it fell off the back of a truck", they'll believe anything.

Confucius say "A Fool and his or her money are soon parted" if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

Don't say that Apple buyers are stupid and generalize the entire Apple community. Statistically speaking they are financially better off than the PC buyers. That usually equates to better skill sets and education. Smart people as well as stupid people make mistakes when blinded by deals. It happens every day in front of us with the allure of SALES from department stores and what not.

With all the available outlets to read news, watch news, hear about news and ways to stay current with mobile apps, etc you would think people would actually look before buying. It's not they haven't heard of this story before. That is why you can't fix stupid. Not because they are Apple loyalists or anything. Many of these people I would venture to say are first time Apple buyers wanting to get into an Apple product at a reasonable price for them. Unfortunately they should have used basic common sense when making a "too good to be true" purchase.

If Apple buyers weren't so downright ignorantly stupid about anything and everything, the con men wouldn't have been able to even attempt this.

The worst thing is i bet some of the apple fan's who got this floor tile just thought they had a new ipad version that was unreleased, i bet they thought the features were very innovative and ahead of there time.

I wish these scammers would just get a job and get a life. Scammers been trying to steal my sisters car with the PayPal scheme too. I bet scamming is a full time job anyway, why not work legit?

warwagon said,
Actually, for about $5 i'd buy a title with an black apple logo, I think it would look neat!

Assume you mean 'tile'. Hit up DIY on YouTube, there are 100 ways to print/transfer an Apple logo onto everything you own, assuming you have printer.

Floor tiles aren't cheap, and apple branded floor tiles... damn! The people actually may have gotten a good deal after all!

darkpuma said,
The people actually may have gotten a good deal after all!
Naturally, considering these were the most innovative game-changing tiles ever made.

There have been incidents before of con men buying an ipad at say best buy, taking the ipad out of the box and replacing it with a tile like this then reshrink wrapping it to return to the store for full credit. The box gets restocked and some poor guy who buys it gets hosed.

shial said,
There have been incidents before of con men buying an ipad at say best buy, taking the ipad out of the box and replacing it with a tile like this then reshrink wrapping it to return to the store for full credit. The box gets restocked and some poor guy who buys it gets hosed.

I remember an article back in the 90's when a guy bought a Mega Drive and replaced the innards with a bag of rice that weighed the same!

I've seen someone buy a CRT TV wrapped in protective shrink wrap from some pikey driving around in a van. When he got it home and plugged it in it didn't work. I guess it wouldn't being that it had no insides! Explains why it was so light.

As Judge Judy always says "Looks fade, but dumb is forever!"

Then there's the old classic "If something seems too good to be true it usually is!"

Finally "A fool and their money are soon parted"...

A floor tile weighs heavier than an iPad, did the weight not ring alarm bells? We have tiles the same size as an iPad in our kitchen, one on its own is friggin' heavy!

Americans are stupid!

Tidosho said,
Americans are stupid!

With comments like this, just go away. There are stupid people everywhere as well as scammers.

Get a clue

Tidosho said,
A floor tile weighs heavier than an iPad, did the weight not ring alarm bells? We have tiles the same size as an iPad in our kitchen, one on its own is friggin' heavy

Americans are stupid!

Yes, because every tile in the world is the same weight as the one's in your kitchen...

Are you American then?

Tidosho said,
A floor tile weighs heavier than an iPad, did the weight not ring alarm bells? We have tiles the same size as an iPad in our kitchen, one on its own is friggin' heavy!

Americans are stupid!

These people can't tell a floor tile from an iPad, but you expect them to notice that the weight is all wrong?

I was approached by someone outside a supermarket in england saying hes got a few TV's for sale in the back of a van really cheap for what they were and he was being quite quiet about it and i was like mate ive got a bigger TV at home and itd be better than whatever crap your trying peddle, but there quite insistent and make it sound like its a good deal. Think he figured in the end i wasnt going to fall for it so he left me alone, without the ability to test something see if it does work there and then you never know what your getting

People were doing this with macbooks 5 years ago where I live. The con artists never let you handle the merchandise until it's too late. That should be enough warning there but some people get caught up in the 'deal' they are getting.

How do you NOT check to make sure it at least works before taking it home? I can't understand this. For all they know (Assuming it's an iPad), it may not work...

It just defies logic.

Purchasing a tablet that still has no way to plug in a USB jump drive, a SD card, uses proprietary connectors and costs more than any tablet ever should defies logic. It's the whole raison d'être of many Apple users.

devHead said,
Purchasing a tablet that still has no way to plug in a USB jump drive, a SD card, uses proprietary connectors and costs more than any tablet ever should defies logic. It's the whole raison d'être of many Apple users.

If there is no way to plug an SD card into an iPad, then explain the magic behind me being able to plug the SD card from my Canon into the iPad 2 that I use to own, so that I could import the RAW files that I shot. Rainbows? Unicorns? Kittens?

benthebear said,

If there is no way to plug an SD card into an iPad, then explain the magic behind me being able to plug the SD card from my Canon into the iPad 2 that I use to own, so that I could import the RAW files that I shot. Rainbows? Unicorns? Kittens?

Dude, wait... what?

benthebear said,

If there is no way to plug an SD card into an iPad, then explain the magic behind me being able to plug the SD card from my Canon into the iPad 2 that I use to own, so that I could import the RAW files that I shot. Rainbows? Unicorns? Kittens?
If you claim you were able to plug in an SD card directly into the iPad 2 without an additional adapter you are lying, plain and simple.

benthebear said,

If there is no way to plug an SD card into an iPad, then explain the magic behind me being able to plug the SD card from my Canon into the iPad 2 that I use to own, so that I could import the RAW files that I shot. Rainbows? Unicorns? Kittens?

Sure you, yourself, haven't fallen victim to Apple scams? iPad II doesn't have SD slots. Nor does any iPad for that matter.

benthebear said,

If there is no way to plug an SD card into an iPad, then explain the magic behind me being able to plug the SD card from my Canon into the iPad 2 that I use to own, so that I could import the RAW files that I shot. Rainbows? Unicorns? Kittens?


Well, I don't know what to tell you benthebear. I guess what you would refer to as "magic" is the fact that you had to purchase another overpriced accessory for your iPad in order to plug in SD cards and USB flash drives. Because everyone knows they don't exist natively in the device itself. Is that magical enough for you? I don't know what you mean by asking about rainbows, unicorns and kittens.

devHead said,

Well, I don't know what to tell you benthebear. I guess what you would refer to as "magic" is the fact that you had to purchase another overpriced accessory for your iPad in order to plug in SD cards and USB flash drives.

Oh, so there is a way to plug an SD card into an iPad. Why did you originally claim that there isn't?

And I'm speaking for myself here, but I wouldn't call $20 over priced, especially when I look at how much money I made while using the thing before I switched to my Lenovo Yoga.


Romero said,
If you claim you were able to plug in an SD card directly into the iPad 2 without an additional adapter you are lying, plain and simple.

I never claimed I was able to plug an SD card directly into the iPad itself without an adapter. The claim that there isn't a way to plug an SD card into an iPad, when there is.

Dot Matrix said,

Sure you, yourself, haven't fallen victim to Apple scams? iPad II doesn't have SD slots. Nor does any iPad for that matter.

I'm aware of this, Dot. I never claimed that the iPad had a USB port, or an SD card slot. I just claimed that it is possible to plug an SD card into an iPad, with an adapter of course. And I don't know what you mean about an Apple scam because Apple isn't trying to act like it has one.

Okay, then. But when I posted that the device had no way to plug in SD cards or USB drives, I was talking natively. Apple does this, I reckon, so that you have to purchase additional hardware for something that frankly, it should just have.

benthebear said,

I never claimed I was able to plug an SD card directly into the iPad itself without an adapter.
Quibbling over semantics. According to the English language "plug the SD card from my Canon into the iPad 2" doesn't automatically parse to "plug the SD card from my Canon into an adapter plugged into the iPad 2". Anyway, the point made is valid. iPads don't have built-in SD card slots or USB ports which lots of people including me would appreciate so we don't have to carry around more darn adapters (inconvenient) or be made to pay almost $60 for the two adapters (not $20 each as you claim).

benthebear said,

If there is no way to plug an SD card into an iPad, then explain the magic behind me being able to plug the SD card from my Canon into the iPad 2 that I use to own, so that I could import the RAW files that I shot. Rainbows? Unicorns? Kittens?

I need these unicorns that somehow got an SD card slot to appear on your iPad 2.

LOL, I see these illegal actions happening in downtown San Francisco. It's funny when I ask them to show me the condition of the iPad.... They leave quickly...lol

Anyone who buy anything...off the street or in the store...if they dont check that is what they are getting before they pay for it and walk out the store...that person is a class A moron.

Would have been news worthy if Apple sold it. This is just normal daily occurrence that happens all around the world.

There are pretty much two kinds of news in the Apple world:
1. "A bigger screen iPhone rumoured"
2. "Bunch of idiots bought fake iPads"

3. "Apple PR-drone claims VendorX's strategy/product is different enough from Apple's (current) offering to be therefore wrong and laughable..."
4. "Apple lawyers file case against VendorX for too-few differences between product X and own iX..."

agtsmith said,
There are pretty much two kinds of news in the Apple world:
1. "A bigger screen iPhone rumoured"
2. "Bunch of idiots bought fake iPads"
3. "Bunch of idiots bought real iPads"

<runs and hides>

Enron said,
I guess this is Apple's implementation of Live Tiles.
Man oh man, I just cannot stop laughing at this one!

Just occurred to me, at least with these you don't need to install iOS 7 for waterproofing!

Edited by Romero, Jan 24 2014, 4:22pm :

"...being approached outside of businesses on Hatch Road and offered popular electronics for low, “out of the box” prices."

Once again .. you can't fix stupid.

jamieakers said,
"...being approached outside of businesses on Hatch Road and offered popular electronics for low, “out of the box” prices."

Once again .. you can't fix stupid.

Both should be arrested - the people selling it for fraud and the people buying it knowing that they were going to receive stolen merchandise but still bought it anyway.