Best Physical Store to Purchase a Low Priced iPhone Case?

HappyDude20

macrumors 68030
Original poster
Jul 13, 2008
2,686
194
Los Angeles, Ca
Normally I buy cheap iPhone cases on eBay but the current one I have has pretty much disintegrated before my very hands.

I’m currently visiting family in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina and I have a:

Best Buy
Target
Walmart

Nearby. Which would be best to snatch up a case for my iPhone Plus? Low price prereably. I’ll most likely be upgrading to the latest and greatest come this fall.
 

JPack

macrumors 601
Mar 27, 2017
4,703
7,021
Dollar Store. They usually offer plenty to choose from, although not the best looking ones.
 

AppleHaterLover

macrumors 68000
Jun 15, 2018
1,903
1,910
I have a $5 clear case with "padded" corners and a $3.50 screen protector which I got from a phone case place at the mall. My XR has been flawless (I've had to replace the case due to yellowing and the screen protector has sacrificed itself for the screen a few times) but other than that it's been great. Better than getting a $1 million Zagg case that will look like **** in 3 months anyway.

I highly recommend your local random phone case store.
 

Reno Raines

macrumors 65816
Jul 19, 2015
1,273
557
I buy cases and screen protectors from a store called Five Below. Everything is five dollars or less. No issues yet with quality.
 

TheIntruder

macrumors 6502a
Jul 2, 2008
993
521
None of the three will have any "cheap" cases unless they're the house brands, or on sale/clearance.

While the selection can be hit/miss, or tend toward floral and glitter patterns, the discount stores like TJ Maxx/Ross/Marshalls can have some finds.

Speck cases can be found for about $12-15, as well as other lesser-known but legit brands (like Laut) that didn't gain traction at full price. Lately, the Apple Leather Folios for the iPhone X have appeared for $30.

But stock changes and varies, so it's like a scavenger hunt.
 

mcdj

macrumors G3
Jul 10, 2007
8,861
3,723
NYC
Is it really a big deal to just pull up to any of those stores and go in to see what they have?

Not even the correct forum for the question.
 

WNYX

macrumors regular
Oct 24, 2018
215
149
Best Buy has a decent clear case made by Dynex for $9.99. I'm not sure if they have a version for the Plus models, though.
Also, I suggest checking out a Five Below (if available). They seem to have decent cases. And places like Ross, T.J. Maxx, and Marshalls. I think you'll be surprised what you find at those places.