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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 1, 2008
tl;dr - If I unbox and use an iPhone 6 Plus and then exchange it for a non-Plus, how much money am I flushing down the drain? How much do I save by never unwrapping the phone?

I ordered an iPhone 6 Plus on launch day, 58 minutes after launch. It is 128 GB, Space Gray, and AT&T. I used the Apple Store App on an iPad. My iPhone has not arrived yet.

I played with my father's iPhone 6 Plus, and I am afraid it may be too big. It is not too big for my hands (I have large hands), but it is rather large in my pocket.

Option A: Open my iPhone when it arrives and play with it thoroughly. Exchange it for an iPhone 6 (non-Plus) if I feel the need. How much money will this cost me? I know the non-Plus is $100 cheaper, but how much of a refund will I get on the unboxed and mildly used 6 Plus?

Option B: Do NOT open my iPhone when it arrives. Play with my father's phone a bunch more to see whether I like it. If necessary, return my phone unopened. I am fairly certain I get a 100% refund in that case.


macrumors regular
Jun 26, 2010


macrumors 65816
Nov 14, 2012
Like others said, there is no restocking fee, so you won't pay anything out of pocket. However, if the box is open then Apple will need to spend money to take the phone back, check it out, refurbish it and resell it (or use it as a warranty replacement). The money they spend doing this is part of the cost of a new phone, so if too many people do this then it will cause phone prices to go up for everyone.

That said, I wouldn't worry about it too much. There's something to be said for actually using a phone for a little while and getting a feel for it. If you're truly undecided then by all means open it up and use it and see how it goes. If you don't like it then go ahead and exchange it. That's what the return policy is for. But if you are pretty well convinced that you will return it, then save yourself (and everyone else) a bit of money by returning it unopened so it can be resold as is.


macrumors member
Sep 11, 2007
Dallas/Fort Worth
But your a stupid ass if you open it, go to the store and use the plus some more and make a decision and stick to it, don't contribute to the refurbished market that is about to happen due to indecisive idiots who can't make up their mind as to which model they want or color.

"Omg I bought space grey now I want silver, what should I do?"

Jesus people how long do you think apple will allow their gracious return policy with hacks all abusing the crap out of it.

Thats right I said it, Someone needs to...
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