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(11 Alive)   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   (11alive.com) divider line 28
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2012-11-20 12:36:04 PM
The machine never asks for a raise.
 
2012-11-20 12:36:40 PM
I thought buying stolen phones was the business model.
 
2012-11-20 12:37:17 PM
How did no one see this happening?? Especially in Atlanta!!
 
2012-11-20 12:37:27 PM
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...
 
2012-11-20 12:41:01 PM
"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?
 
2012-11-20 12:41:42 PM
I am shocked !
I can't believe there are people that would steal cell phones. How low have we become?
 
2012-11-20 12:43:20 PM
"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
 
2012-11-20 12:43:46 PM

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
 
2012-11-20 12:49:34 PM
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.
 
2012-11-20 12:49:58 PM
This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2012-11-20 12:50:01 PM
You can always count on the Sparkling Wiggles.
 
2012-11-20 12:51:09 PM
This doesn't appear to be an issue in the Amish community.
 
2012-11-20 12:53:38 PM

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.
 
2012-11-20 12:53:48 PM

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.
 
2012-11-20 12:54:31 PM
1. Turn in your phone
2. get cash
3. report phone stolen
4. Profit
 
2012-11-20 01:02:20 PM
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.
 
2012-11-20 01:07:11 PM
Next, automated kiosks that purchase your old wallets and gold jewelry. Totally legit, yeah....
 
2012-11-20 01:12:22 PM
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.
 
2012-11-20 01:21:38 PM

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."
 
2012-11-20 02:43:57 PM
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.
 
2012-11-20 02:57:11 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.


Crackheads and junkies looking for a fix will sell your phone for twenty bucks.
 
2012-11-20 03:27:34 PM

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.
 
2012-11-20 03:34:36 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.


Im not sure where. I believe I saw it on Modern Marvels
 
2012-11-20 04:03:52 PM
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.
 
2012-11-20 04:19:49 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.


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.)
 
2012-11-20 04:46:10 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


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...
 
2012-11-20 05:48:02 PM

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.
 
2012-11-20 10:12:22 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.


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