The 18-year-old thought he could trust in purchases from the online retailer.

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Fri, 8 December 2023 at 1:39 pm AEST·4-min read

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A uni student was left almost $1,600 out of pocket after he was swindled out of a brand new iPhone he bought on Amazon.

The 18-year-old told Yahoo Finance he was in “genuine shock” when he opened the Apple box only to find the device had been replaced with something else.

“One of the seals on the box was obviously pulled off and, when I saw what was inside it, my heart just dropped,” he said. “I thought I was buying an iPhone 14 Pro. I had bought it during the Black Friday sales week and this one was a couple hundred dollars off the normal price, and I bought it for $1,597. That discount was the only reason I had decided to buy through Amazon rather than going to an in-person store I trust.”

The teen added that he’d made sure to check he was buying it directly from Amazon and not a third party. “Obviously, I thought I could trust Amazon,” he said. “But clearly not, based on what I received.”

Instead of a new iPhone inside the box, there was a bunch of mini iron weights.

“They’d been carefully placed and glued inside the box,” the disgruntled customer said. “I later connected [that they] would have been used to replicate the weight of the iPhone to make it seem like the phone was always in there during shipping and distribution, I’d assume.”

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