A Texas woman is seeing red after buying an iPad that turned out to be a mirror.
Jalonta Freeman paid $200 for the phony tablet in a scheme experts say tends to pick up around the holidays.
It all started when a stranger approached the women in the parking lot of an Arlington gas station, offering iPads and laptops at steep discounts. He told Freeman he would be willing to sell her an $800 iPad at a fourth the retail price.
Thinking the offer was too good to pass up — especially with the holidays right around the corner — Freeman handed over the cash and the guy drove off.
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She wasn’t pleased with what she found inside the box.
"I just started cussing," Freeman told a local television station. "I was upset. Anybody would be upset if you found out you just got scammed, you know what I'm saying? You just lost $200."
The faux iPad looked sort of like the real thing from the back, with an Apple logo and everything. Covering the reflective front, labels with prices made for a fairly good disguise.
Still, the bright, shiny surface Freeman found when she unwrapped the packaging just couldn’t compare to a Retina display.
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Once unwrapped, the counterfeit Apple product turns out to be just a piece of reflective glass.
"That's so messed up," Freeman, who admitted to feeling pretty stupid, said. "That's so wrong. I would never do anybody like that. Get a job."
The woman contacted local police but without a license plate number, she admits there isn’t much hope.
And she says she’s learned a good lesson: Never to buy from street vendors.
Off the black market, new iPads start at $399 for WiFi-only models. The new Retina display model with cellular connectivity, available later this year, will definitely cost more than $200.