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   An automated kiosk that pays cash for used cell phones sounds like a good idea, until it is completely buried by thieves looking to offload some stolen phones

20 Nov 2012 12:34 PM   |   5558 clicks   |   11 Alive
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moefuggenbrew     
The machine never asks for a raise.

20 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
Devo     
I thought buying stolen phones was the business model.

20 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
ram.1500     
How did no one see this happening?? Especially in Atlanta!!

20 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
FormlessOne     
What a singularly stupid idea. Have we not learned from those who deal in dry goods, used cars, scrap metal, and other such easily-stolen commodities?

I wonder what the business plan for that soon-to-be-out-of-business business looks like...

20 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
kvinesknows     
"The person in the drivers license is going to be a light skinned black female; and the person in the photo is going to be a dark skinned black male," Cantin said. "

LOL.. all blacks look alike?

20 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
cig-mkr     
I am shocked !
I can't believe there are people that would steal cell phones. How low have we become?

20 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
"The person in the drivers license is going to be a light skinned black female; and the person in the photo is going to be a dark skinned black male," Cantin said.

Shocking

20 Nov 2012 12:43 PM
suthrnrunt     

ram.1500: How did no one see this happening?? Especially in Atlanta!!


LOL.... Exactly!
course if they have camera's in the kiosks, it might make for a useful voluntary mug shot

20 Nov 2012 12:43 PM
premiereboris     
Well, frankly this looks like a good idea given some refining.
If your phone is stolen then there is a good chance it will end up in one of the machines.
Plus if you refine the face recognition, then even better.
You basically have a spot that attract all the phone thieves.

20 Nov 2012 12:49 PM
Bondith     
This is why we can't have nice things.

20 Nov 2012 12:49 PM
CrappityCrap     
You can always count on the Sparkling Wiggles.

20 Nov 2012 12:50 PM
cig-mkr     
This doesn't appear to be an issue in the Amish community.

20 Nov 2012 12:51 PM
suthrnrunt     

cig-mkr: This doesn't appear to be an issue in the Amish community.


no they only have to worry about when someone steals their soup can and string.

20 Nov 2012 12:53 PM
tricycleracer     

Devo: I thought buying stolen phones was the business model.


That's pretty clear to anyone with an iota of business acumen.

When the seller has $0 into the product they're selling, you can lowball them through the floor and they'll still take the deal.

20 Nov 2012 12:53 PM
AbsentFriends     
1. Turn in your phone
2. get cash
3. report phone stolen
4. Profit

20 Nov 2012 12:54 PM
Faps_in_the_kitchen     
I saw one of these machines and was amazed at the rip off prices they offer for phones. I have always resold phones that we replaced and turned a profit, sometimes rather large. Example: Evo Shift was bought at Sams for $0.98 and resold on eBay for $180 after we upgraded that line. That machine may have given me $15 for it.

Then again I dont steal phones either.

20 Nov 2012 01:02 PM
Catlike Typist     
Next, automated kiosks that purchase your old wallets and gold jewelry. Totally legit, yeah....

20 Nov 2012 01:07 PM
groppet     
They have kiosks where you can buy wine. The key is like this one you need to take a picture and show an ID. On the other end somewhere out there is someone looking at both the ID and the picture and if they dont match up its a no sale.

20 Nov 2012 01:12 PM
tricycleracer     

Catlike Typist: Next, automated kiosks that purchase your old wallets and gold jewelry. Totally legit, yeah....


The best sign I ever saw outside of a pawn shop was "We Buy Broken Gold". "Broken gold" as is "you just snatched this necklace off someone and the clasp is destroyed."

20 Nov 2012 01:21 PM
Gabrielmot     
I was waiting for this article to finally come out...

First time I saw this in a mall I was walking with my best friend... I turned to him and said, "Dude, can I borrow your phone real quick?" He handed it to me, and I proceeded to go immediately to the machine...

He learned his lesson.

But seriously, we had a similar conversation going on. He thought it was "cool" until I showed him how easy it would be to steal a phone and drop it off.

20 Nov 2012 02:43 PM
PiffMan420     

Faps_in_the_kitchen: I saw one of these machines and was amazed at the rip off prices they offer for phones. I have always resold phones that we replaced and turned a profit, sometimes rather large. Example: Evo Shift was bought at Sams for $0.98 and resold on eBay for $180 after we upgraded that line. That machine may have given me $15 for it.

Then again I dont steal phones either.


Crackheads and junkies looking for a fix will sell your phone for twenty bucks.

20 Nov 2012 02:57 PM
MBZ321     

groppet: need to take a picture and show an ID. On the other end somewhere out there is someone looking at both the ID and the picture and if they dont match up its a no sale.


Where is this at? They tried these machines in PA in a few of the supermarkets and they failed horribly. Machines were always breaking, doors to access products wouldn't unlock, etc. Plus, you had to breathe into the machine before you could purchase anything.

20 Nov 2012 03:27 PM
groppet     

MBZ321: groppet: need to take a picture and show an ID. On the other end somewhere out there is someone looking at both the ID and the picture and if they dont match up its a no sale.

Where is this at? They tried these machines in PA in a few of the supermarkets and they failed horribly. Machines were always breaking, doors to access products wouldn't unlock, etc. Plus, you had to breathe into the machine before you could purchase anything.


Im not sure where. I believe I saw it on Modern Marvels

20 Nov 2012 03:34 PM
The Larch     
How is it even possible to sell a stolen phone? I thought that all phones had some sort of built in, unalterable, digital serial number.

Seriously, a stolen phone should be worth negative amounts of money, because every phone has a built-in tracking devices and a space-age radios that tells anyone with a warrant exactly where it is. And ever smart phone basically has the ability to shout to anyone in range, "HEY! I'M A STOLEN PHONE! LIKE MY RINGTONE? I'M STOLEN, biatch!!! SMILE WHILE I TAKE PICTURES!!!"

The fact that stolen phones are even a thing leads me to believe that perhaps phone carriers do not have their customer's best interests in mind.

20 Nov 2012 04:03 PM
tricycleracer     

The Larch: How is it even possible to sell a stolen phone? I thought that all phones had some sort of built in, unalterable, digital serial number.

Seriously, a stolen phone should be worth negative amounts of money, because every phone has a built-in tracking devices and a space-age radios that tells anyone with a warrant exactly where it is. And ever smart phone basically has the ability to shout to anyone in range, "HEY! I'M A STOLEN PHONE! LIKE MY RINGTONE? I'M STOLEN, biatch!!! SMILE WHILE I TAKE PICTURES!!!"

The fact that stolen phones are even a thing leads me to believe that perhaps phone carriers do not have their customer's best interests in mind.


Well, crooks have gotten smart enough to turn off phones as soon as they steal them. Outside of that, I'm guessing these companies are stripping the phones down and reselling the parts with the highest demand (I'd guess a lot of screens, backlights ,and digitizers.)

20 Nov 2012 04:19 PM
washington-babylon     

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: "The person in the drivers license is going to be a light skinned black female; and the person in the photo is going to be a dark skinned black male," Cantin said.

Shocking


I know! A news article described the perp's Race when the perp was non-white!

/It's the end of the world as we know it...

20 Nov 2012 04:46 PM
The Larch     

washington-babylon: A news article described the perp's Race when the perp was non-white!


Well, the description is basically "The suspect Is either male or female, with either light or dark skin. Hat status currently unknown. Repeat, suspect may or may not have a hat."

But since you have the subject's race, you will know just who to look for. Go get 'em, Batman.

20 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
djseanmac     

The Larch: How is it even possible to sell a stolen phone? I thought that all phones had some sort of built in, unalterable, digital serial number.


The UK implemented a database of phone IDs in 2002. The USA started talking about creating such a database earlier this year.

20 Nov 2012 10:12 PM
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