09-17-2014 10:38 AM
With the serial number, can one find if a Thinkpad was stolen?
Looking to buy one on ebay and prefer to check if it was stolen.
Tried with Lenovo and they claim that they do not have any info.
09-18-2014 05:27 PM
Lenovo does cooperate with law enforcement, etc if systems are reported stolen.
Generally though, we don't provide a lookup service for perspective buyers on a secondhand market.
As a practice, I would recommend you check the type and serial number against our warranty lookup to ensure the warranty is still valid, and also research the past sales of the seller and make your most informed decsion.
09-21-2014 08:17 PM
I did lookup the serial and the warranty is valid.
That does not imply that the system was not stolen and not reported to Lenovo.
I understand that Lenovo takes in laptops for warranty service and does not return those registered as stolen.
I do not see the harm in Lenovo listing laptops reported as stolen--after all they require a police complaint to be filed. If that stolen laptop info is public, then it dampens the resale value of stolen laptops and and hence the secondary market in stolen Lenovo laptops.