My brother dropped his iPhone in the Pacific Ocean. An original, $399 iPhone.
Needless to say, saltwater does not do good things to an iPhone. It doesn’t boot anymore. No recourse with Apple or AT&T. He had to get a new phone.
As a result, I ended up with my own variant of Pierre Omidyar’s famous broken laser pointer… I listed the broken iPhone on eBay.
Well, it sold today, for $122.50. However, it sold to an international buyer… in Réunion.
Réunion, as it turns out, is a little island in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Madagascar. It is a French island, and happens to be the first place in world (due to time zone) to adopt the Euro.
So, would you ship a broken iPhone to Reunion?
They paid with PayPal. All the info lines up, roughly. eBay has a hotmail address for the user, but the payment came from a wanadoo.fr email address. However, the name and address on both is the same, although eBay lists United States for the registered country (with the Reunion address).
That could be a sign of fraud. Or it could be the sign of a user who moved. eBay data is pretty messy at times.
He has made recent purchases with positive feedback. A cheap piece of wireless equipment, and an expensive ($259) piece of tree climbing equipment. So, not just trivial items.
So, do I ship it? Not sure. The worst that would happen is that the credit card would end up being stolen, so PayPal would seize the funds. And I’d be out a broken iPhone.
But, on the plus side, selling to Reunion is a new destination for me. I’ve sold to over 30 countries on eBay at this point, and it’s getting harder to attract buyers from new ones.
I think I’m going to ship it.
People are basically good… right?