Used iPad aggravation

The second-hand iPad came today and I am locked out of it because it was erased while still linked to the previous owner’s iCloud account with the Find My iPhone feature.

Did I purchase stolen property? Am I out $3C?

Hassan at Amazon walked me through how to send an email to IPAD MANIA, the Amazon seller whom I purchased this from. Short and sweet, I’m requesting they unlock this iPad and let me activate it. Hassan assured me that I can pay to ship it back to Amazon for a refund. I should be grateful to have such a reputable middle-man in this transaction. My excitement turns to sickening disappointment so easily…

UPDATE: I am returning the brick to Amazon and have ordered another. A gentleman from IPAD MANIA contacted me by email. He seemed nice enough and offered to rebate me $13 for return shipping and $40 as a discount; he asked me to return the iPad to him directly and he’d send me another, as well as some freebies and the discount to compensate for the inconvenience. It was tempting. $40! But when I talked it over with Susan, we realized that this nice man (whose name and address I do not know, I was given a generic company name and a public mailbox-type address to ship to) may or may not be honest, and I may or may not end up with a working iPad to show for my troubles. (Also, it’s a stretch to believe that a man who’s selected the iPad secondary market as his business foundation doesn’t know how to activate one.) On the other hand, if we just return to directly and reorder through them, we are more or less guaranteed the expected result. Hassan’s associate at Amazon sent me a prepaid shipping label, and I’m happy again.

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