Best place to purchase?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by rpearlberg, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. rpearlberg macrumors 6502a

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    What are the benefits of purchasing at certain stores (assuming they have the phone I want)?

    Apple:

    Best Buy: reward points

    AT&T:
     
  2. OldMacDonald1 macrumors member

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    I guess the place with the cheapest price is the simple answer.

    Other than that, I would call up each place and tell them to sell it to you, which works if they work off commission. They'll give you details on rewards programs and what not. Then you can make an informed decision.

    Have fun finding the best deal!
     
  3. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I thought iPhones are the same price (except maybe Best Buy). I guess I can look around for the best prices and rewards, etc...
     
  4. OldMacDonald1 macrumors member

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    Pretty sure older iPhones vary in price from place to place. But iPhone 6 might be fixed price for all I know. I'm waiting for them to get out of fashion and then buy for less.
     
  5. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I should have clarified, I'm looking at the iPhone 6, 64GB. I think prices are pretty much the same, just didn't know if there was an advantage to the Apple Store over AT&T, or vice versa. I know Best Buy has the rewards program, so I may try them first if they have my phone.
     
  6. OldMacDonald1 macrumors member

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    I see. I would call them directly and ask. If they all offer similar rewards points, just go with the store you're more likely to shop at in the future :p
     
  7. rebelduck macrumors newbie

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    A couple FYI's:

    If you have AT&T and order through Apple, they will only let you ship it to the billing address for the account, so If your parents pay your phone bill or you don't live at your billing address for whatever reason, that could be a problem.

    If you don't have a private driveway or live in a safe/private area, you may want to take into account that AT&T will just have FedEx leave it at outside your door if you are not home. They will not leave notes and make other attempts or let you pick it up at the distribution center or get your signature. They will just leave it out there.
    It's their policy.

    If you have AT&T and have been a customer for a while, and you upgrade your phone regularly, if you call and ask they may waive the $40 upgrade fee.
     
  8. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I'm going to buy in store, wherever/whenever I decide to buy.
     
  9. OldMacDonald1 macrumors member

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    Let me know what you find out.
     
  10. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just got back from Best Buy. They didn't have the phone I wanted, but said my early upgrade for the 64GB would be $499 ($50 cheaper than Apple).
    I can't decide if I should do that or switch to NEXT....or even switch to Verizon.
     
  11. OldMacDonald1 macrumors member

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    Ah so the prices on iPhone 6 to differ from store to store. Good to know.
     
  12. paulie6978 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my iphone 5 and iphone 6 from Best Buy.

    Walked in and was about 10th in line. I waited about 3 hours because the Verizon system was slow as hell.

    got my rewards points and a discount for buying 3 accessories.
     
  13. rpearlberg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I plan to use Best Buy again also. Used them last year for my 5s. Got there as they opened (mobile store), took about 15 minutes and i was out the door. And they gave me a pretty good deal on my trade in.
     
  14. kazmac macrumors 601

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    OP, I would definitely say Best Buy or Apple.

    I finally used Personal Pick up at the Apple store close to work this week and wow! I was in and out in 10 minutes today with my iPhone 5s at lunch. This will definitely be my way to go for future iDevices/accessories at that store. It took 20 minutes on Monday when I attempted an iP6 after work.

    For me, I will always buy the devices from Apple. I learned my hard/expensive lessons from buying at AT&T last week.
     

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