Any recommendations on WHERE to buy iPhone 6?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Tofupunch, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. Tofupunch macrumors member


    Dec 4, 2014
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a newbie to the Apple universe and am thinking of buying the iPhone 6. Does it really matter where I buy it? My options (unless otherwise enlightened) would the the Apple Store, T-Mobile store, or best buy. I've been reading about some issues with the front facing camera, screen problems, etc. I'm going into this anticipating some return scenarios. The only thing is the closests Apple store is a bit away and instead of having to drive over there possibly repeatedly there are many T-Mobile stores closer.

    Can I still take a non-Apple store purchased iPhone to the Genius Bar? Are the return policies less rigid for best buy and T-Mobile?

    Thanks in advance for any help!:apple:
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Buy from Apple unless you have a particular reason to go elsewhere.

    In case you didn't know, you can also have the phone delivered.

    Don't buy from some site endorsed by someone who joined right after you did and whose first post was to push their website.
  3. cuongnq macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2014
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    It doesn't really matter if you go to your carrier or apple. You can take either phone to the genuis bar and you can purchase applecare+ on either phone.
  5. baller1308 macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2009
    I would recommend buying it from the Apple Store. They usually will get stocked before anyone else.
  6. azhava macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Arizona, USA
    I've always bought mine from the Apple store, even though they're a 2-hour drive away. For whatever reason, I just prefer to buy them there - probably because I enjoy spending some time wandering around looking at all the other Apple stuff.

    Regarding the bold above - this is my fourth iPhone and I've never had a return scenario immediately after purchase. In fact, the only hardware issue I've ever had with an iPhone was when the camera on my iP5 quit working after a year or so - I made a Genius Bar appointment and they handed me a new phone.
  7. Tofupunch thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 4, 2014
    Thanks for the replies everyone, you gave me points to think about. I think I will just buy it at the Apple Store. Besides, the T-Mobile return policy said they may charge a restocking fee. Thanks!
  8. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    Not sure about Best Buy, but at the T-Mobile stores you'll end up with a locked phone that you cannot use on another network until you've had 40 days of service with T-Mobile.

    Just because you read about issues does not mean that they occur at a high frequency. Apple has already sold tens of millions of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units. If the phone's defective, any one of those retailers will exchange it. If you just don't like it, then restocking fees potentially apply at those other stores. Of course, with Apple, you also have a shorter return window.

    And as others have said, the Genius Bar will look at any iPhone and provide service, no matter where you bought it.
  9. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Scalpers usually get stock before Apple gets their hands on new inventory. :p Not sure what Scalpers return policy is and whether they take refunds and/or exchanges. :p
  10. Ibaorus macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2014
  11. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    In the UK we mainly buy through carriers unless purchasing the handset outright, in which case an Apple store would be a good bet if you're near one purely for the no-quibble returns.
  12. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    This. Why drive two hours when Apple can have you a phone delivered tomorrow?
  13. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Apple Store.

    I've purchased every iPhone the day of launch, and only had to return one (the 4S ... had something really loose rattling around inside -- not the normal 'button jiggle', there was something broken inside), which I was able to do before I even got back to my car. Beyond that, they've all been solid as you'd want it to be.
  14. determined09 macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    What about Sam's? They can sell you a new one at a good price. Like 127.00. For the iPhone 6. 16gb
  15. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
  16. abta1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Paris, France
    I would always recommend buying from the Apple Store purely because then you are directly their responsibility and can then go into any store should you have any questions or problems with your purchase. Sometimes they will be lenient and replace your device rather than sending it away for repair. Third parties and resellers are often not as lenient and will rely on warranty repairs or ask you to buy third party insurance.
  17. macher macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2012
    If you are with AT&T you're able to get a 2 year subsidy only at AT&T corporate stores or on their online site.
  18. determined09 macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    Great point.
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    No matter where you buy your iPhone your default (generally 1 year) warranty is still through Apple, so you can still go to an Apple store or contact Apple directly with questions/issues and get the same repair/replacement service if/as needed.

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