Buying iPhone 5 - who has the lowest price?

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  1. Ahheck01, Mar 5, 2013
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    Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

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    I know best buy had the $50 + $100 gift card in January, and Wal-Mart was $127 for a while. If I were to buy my wife an iPhone 5 tomorrow (on contract, upgrade pricing), where's the cheapest place? Is there a way to buy online to avoid tax? Would locally discounted but with tax (7% in Iowa) be the way to go?

    Cheers!
     
  2. standingoten macrumors newbie

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    To avoid contract you will have to buy full retail $650 plus tax. You can also save a couple bucks and buy it on Craigslist for $400-$450. Haggle your way down. Make sure you are safe about it though (meet at carrier store to get it activated).

    For on-contract...it depends on the carrier you are on. AT&T for example has refurbs that are cheaper but technically "new".
     
  3. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Shoot, I meant to avoid tax. I expect to renew the contract to get upgrade pricing.
     
  4. standingoten macrumors newbie

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    Well tax is regulated by the state you are in. If you aren't in a no-tax state you are out of luck. What state are you in? Maybe you live on the border of your state next to a no-tax state? A quick drive over the border to get the item could work.
     
  5. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm in Iowa, but I buy things online all the time without paying tax.
     
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    That doesn't mean anything. State laws vary and your state could very well be one of those where sales tax is supposed to be collected even on online purchases. I can't speak to your state's specific sales tax laws.
     
  7. hulujack macrumors newbie

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    Not bad, basically is redirecting you to eBay.
     
  8. 617aircav Suspended

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    I second craigslits. My buddy bought a mint white att iPhone 5 for $300.
     
  9. megapopular macrumors 6502a

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    What provider do you have??
     

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