I'm searching used Macs to buy in eBay. Some of the offered items show the computer's serial numbers in screenshots and/or plain text.

Reading the Q&A Where to find factory list in apple serial number, we see this snippet from EveryMac.com (emphasis on the original):

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Why not? What are the risks of buying a Mac whose serial number has been shared on the Internet?

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If you have AppleCare phone support, one could, in theory, use your serial number to contact AppleCare for free support. Otherwise, there's no risk to sharing a serial number when selling your Mac.


Just throwing my 2 cents in there,

someone could possibly claim it as theirs, and stolen. *shrugs

  • I think this would require proof of ownership (e.g. invoice) otherwise this would open a floodgate of abuse May 28, 2021 at 7:02

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