iPhone 4 from Best Buy, can't remove case

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by prelag, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. prelag macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    I bought an iPhone 4 from best buy tonight, along with an incase slider. Two things wrong with this,

    - They charged me for $700+ worth of tax ($46.25 worth) which I will have to drive down and fix tomorrow, since the phone was $199, and the case was $35.

    - They left the plastic on the back, then slid my iPhone 4 into the case. I can remove the bottom piece of plastic, but the top portion wont budge. I've tried warming up the back with a blow dryer, and heating the back above the stove, all in hopes that it would expand the plastic.

    Question: Should I just ask for a new phone and case when I got in tomorrow? There is nothing wrong with the phone itself, but I don't want to go through the hassle of waiting for them to try and pull the case off. Especially since I already have to go through the hassle of exchanging it and rebuying it again to get my tax money back.

    Oh dear, I already have a headache.
  2. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    I'm in CA and they charge you the full retail price for tax. Not the subsidized price.
  3. prelag thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    So, even though the phone sells for $199, you still pay the tax as if it were $599? That sounds ludicrous to me....
  4. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
    Surfers Paradise
    Yah, actually in all states ( with sales tax ) you get charged the tax on whatever the unsubsidized price is. ($599 for the 16gb, $699 for the 32gb)
  5. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
    Surfers Paradise
    Not really, it's this way with anything you buy at a subsidized price.
  6. prelag thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    When I bought my 3GS I paid tax on $199....
  7. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  8. prelag thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
  9. jasonforisrael macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
  10. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    As more states struggle with a diminished cash flow due to the 'Great Recession', this is probably going to become more common throughout the US.
    I don't know specifically about Nevada, but it wouldn't shock me if they are also doing this now.
  11. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    I think you are exempt. I bought mine in Illinois and even with our ridiculously high sales tax, I believe I paid around $360 for the $299 phone. That includes a $29.99 black bumper.
  12. prelag thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Technically, just the back of the incase. Low flame, a few feet high, for about 30 seconds. I was attempting to warm the incase enough to allow some flexibility so I could pull it off.
  13. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    Just bought an iPhone 4 in Michigan and only paid about $17 in tax on $299.00 purchase. This is our 6% tax... didn't pay tax on full retail, just the $299.00.
  14. sectime macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2007
    Please follow your tag line before posting incorrect info:)

    Bestbuy did you, and them, a favor by leaving the plastic on. That rubber spacer might scratch the back glass, then guess what you would post then.
    I left mine on. My case is tight, but will come off.
    Best thread today:cool:
  15. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Not accurate - it's only in a few states this holds true
  16. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    Isn't this the case that supposedly cracked the screen on some iPhone 4's? :confused:
  17. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    I believe it was either this one or a slide case like it, that was causing scratches to appear on the back glass of the iPhone 4, that was deep enough to cause it to crack, but I'm not positive.
  18. prelag thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Considering that I can't use the Flash with the plastic covering it, I'd say they didn't do me any favors.
  19. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    I guess I better call up Apple and tell me they charged me the wrong Tax on my iPhone. ;) I can 100% you that at the very least only 49 states charge on the full unsubsidized price, because my state sure as heck doesn't.
  20. prelag thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Talked to someone from the local Apple Store here in Vegas. Here's the scoop.

    If you buy from Best Buy or AT&T, you pay the full unsubsidized tax.

    If you buy from the Apple Store, you only pay tax on the $199.

    Best Buy claims it is "state law" and wants to charge me a restocking fee to exchange the phone. Even after I was told by an employee, who I found out today was new, that there was no restocking fee.

    -Apple Store = $212.xx out the door. No restocking fee if you bring it back.

    -Best Buy / AT&T = $240.xx out the door + restocking fee.

    I'm going to have to call BS on the "tax" law here in Nevada. Reason being, why is Apple exempt from charging it, yet Best Buy has to abide by the said "law?"
  21. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    I bought a 32GB 3GS at BestBuy back in July and paid $216 for it so this law clearly doesn't apply to BestBuy either or at least here in Colorado.
  22. OC513 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2007
    I am in NYC, bought my iPhone 4 at AT&T and paid tax only on $299.
  23. pc2134 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2010

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