Frustrated How long before I can buy a white bumper?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Flash69, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

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    Ok, I ordered my free Speck PixelSkin HD case. I received an email from Apple saying I can expect my case at the end of October. Wow!!!

    So why can't I buy my own bumper case? I mean seriously? They already have all the tooling and factories setup to make every color bumper. Did they trash the bumpers that were already in production? Even if they did how long would it really take to mass produce them? I am sure the molds/forms for the bumpers are in groups for mass production how long could it really take to produce something they were already setup to make? Even if only 1 factory was making black bumpers, shouldn't they be able to produce them in the thousands or more per week?

    I am not a manufacturer but I do know that the bumper is much easier to make than the iphone 4 itself yet we are seeing MANY more iphone 4s being produced as opposed to bumpers.

    What is the hold up?

    I really want a white iphone 4 bumper but don't think $60.00 on ebay is even remotely reasonable.
     
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    Buddhaluver

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    Did you try Wal-mart? They are supposed to have them but I am not sure if they have white!
     
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    Actually I have been to 2 different stores and they have the tag but no bumpers. I am curious if Apple had them shipped back.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Ebay man, always turn to Ebay. It's how I got my green bumper. Be prepared to pay the price though. You can't find them anywhere, so don't expect them to be cheap.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    Apple can appease a lot more customers if they simply produce black bumpers. The customer knows they're getting a black bumper, and if they don't want it, then they go with another free case. If Apple spent money in making bumpers of every color, then those that do not sell are wasted, thus requiring more time to make sure that every iPhone owner gets the colour they want.

    I agree that if you pay a premium, then you should be entitled to a case faster. However, Apple is trying to ship these out as quickly as they can produce them, so having them rest on store shelves for potential purchases isn't viable. Ebay is probably your best bet, as Kevio mentioned.
     
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    I got lucky and found one on craigslist, believe it or not.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    I'm really trying hard to hold myself back from buying from eBay for $60. I know it's not worth it, but I love the look of the white bumper. :rolleyes:
     
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    You can get it about $10-$15 dollars cheaper on Amazon..
     
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    WOW! The nerve! :mad:

    I'm surprised she didn't say she had a white one and try to sell it to him.
     
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    Rooskibar03

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    White Bumper is overrated.

    Mine looks like crap after just 2 weeks. Had to scrub it with a Mr Clean Magic spong to get it looking white again.
     
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    ocva

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    Funny, I'm getting ready to remove my white bumper. I've had it since the second week of launch. The bumpers all LOOK great. In pics; In person. But I'm not crazy about how the phone feels in my hand. I initially thought the bumper was a great idea -- a way to set the phone down on either side without worrying about scratches. But it also sort of makes it feel like you're holding the phone backwards! Secondary to this is that it turns out the white bumper is just a little too flashy for me.

    I just ordered the black Incase slider and will give that a try for a bit.
     
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    FYI- if you really like the bumper but didn't like the flash/fit/feel of the white go with the black. I have both the black and white and the black one is completely different. The rubber that is around the outside is much more textured/rubbery and has a lot more grip.
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    just get it off ebay if u want one so bad. u gotta pay up tho. nothing comes cheap
     
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    It's a piece of rubber that costs Apple less than $3.00 to make. I was not wanting to pay $29.00 for it now $60 is insane! Sorry not happening.
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    I picked one up from eBay for $40 with free shipping. Yes it's $8 more then the apple price ($29.99 + tax) but I really wanted th white bumper and I decided to sell the free black bumper that I got in the mail from apple.
     
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    White Bumper

    Also tried a few walmarts with no luck. Apple employees claim (incorrectly) you can get them with the free case program. Still wondering why they didn't offer white...

    Please pm or email me ocva!

    Thanks!

    AG
     
  18. macrumors regular

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    I just got a green one on eBay

    $43.00 shipped. When I got my white from Apple.com it was $41.00. Not bad! Just have to catch the good deals quick.
     
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    ocva

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    Sorry, dude. I'm not looking to get rid of the bumper just yet. Just going to remove it for a while to try a more conventional style.

    I feel your pain though. Hopefully Apple gets this debacle straightened out soon.
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    What about it is a "debacle"?
     
  21. macrumors regular

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    Probably never; I'd have a guess they'd get dirty quite quickly and de-track from the aesthetics of the iPhone. Mr Jobs's marketing people would not allow you to have any independent choice in this matter.
     
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    Althought everyone is saying Walmart has them, i think they had to ship em back to apple. I have called the 3 in my area and even went out of town and called the 5, yes 5 walmarts in the area and NONE had any. I went to three of them and they had tags but no bumpers. I just bought one from a guy on craigslist brand new for $40. Yeah paid over retail but what can you do?
     

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