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Best Buy, Future Shop Accidentally Sold Fake iPad 2s in Canada

There's nothing nicer than rushing home with a new gadget, tearing open the box and inhaling that sweet new gadget smell. Similarly, there's nothing worse than discovering your new toy is broken or there's a part missing and being forced to pack everything back up and return to the store. Sadly, for as many as 24 Canadians, that's what happened when they purchased their iPad 2s.

CTV News reports that Best Buy and Future Shop have announced the launch of a major fraud investigation after as many as 10 customers opened up their new iPad 2 box to find a bag of clay. Walmart and London Drugs have also confirmed incidences of clay iPad 2s being sold to as many as 14 customers. Future Shop told CTV that the company believed scammers purchased the iPad 2s, and replaced them with clay before repackaging everything and returning the fake tablet to the store. The re-packaged tablets, which the scammers had shrink-wrapped before returning, were then put back on shelves and later sold to other customers.

According to CTV, London Drugs, FutureShop and Best Buy have all changed their return policy on wrapped tablet computers as a result of fraud. The stores now require the customer to wait while the box is opened to ensure all components are present. Walmart said that while it is upset by the scam, it won't be changing policies at this time.

  • samdsox
    Thats just sad that people will do that.
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  • SneakySnake
    lol, i want to be one of those scammers.

    epic troll
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  • SneakySnake
    ^^ ]
    until they get busted, the scammers are kinda stupid. I live in Canada, when you return something the take down all your information and stuff etc. just in case this kinda stuff happens. I had to show drivers license to prove my ID when returning a $400 tv
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  • Prey
    Future Shop still exists!?!?!?!
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  • ko888
    PreyFuture Shop still exists!?!?!?!Yes they do. They're owned by Best Buy.
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  • techoi
    ko888Yes they do. They're owned by Best Buy.
    I don't know what is worse...People being shocked that you still exist or being owned by Best Buy. Tough call ;-)
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  • slicedtoad
    ^future shop is our main overpriced/pushy-salesman computer store up here in the cold north. Bestbuy is almost as big now and just as overpriced but the salesmen don't work on commission.
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  • morethantoast
    That does sound like a greay deal.
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  • stingstang
    That's because you can return ANYTHING at Walmart. No discrimination charges there..
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  • captaincharisma
    SneakySnake^^ ]until they get busted, the scammers are kinda stupid. I live in Canada, when you return something the take down all your information and stuff etc. just in case this kinda stuff happens. I had to show drivers license to prove my ID when returning a $400 tv
    you must be the only one they never asked for my info at any time returning something. i just give them my receipt and thats all
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