iPhone flipping after release?

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  1. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure this topic has been covered to death but a quick search I wasn't able to find any on here.

    I've never done this with any other iPhone release but I was wondering if people have luck buying two phones and flipping one for profit soon after Apple sells out. (which will most likely happen) I was going to use my upgrade to get a phone for myself but buy one off contract to then flip.

    What are your feelings on the subject? Can you buy two iPhones on pre order day?
     
  2. RTWG macrumors regular

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    You can buy two, of course, but it's a douche move.
     
  3. indychris macrumors 6502

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    Why's that? Apple's selling the phones to make money; what's wrong with an individual doing the same thing?
     
  4. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    If you have the means to do it (the courage to go through cragslist, or to use ebay), go for it.
    Provided you manage to even get one, that is, since many will be trying out "your" strategy.
     
  5. iamthekiller macrumors 6502a

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    There's a difference between Apple putting tons of research & development, production, testing, marketing, and then trying to make money - and some dirtbag buying the phone and putting it on craigslist. It's sad that you fail to see the difference.

    Besides, they have always had a 2 limit per person. Off contract phone pricing isn't exactly even cheap.
     
  6. indychris macrumors 6502

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    So if it suddenly rains a lot and neighbor's grass grows quickly and I offer to mow their lawns for $30/each to make a few dollars without R&D, then I'm basically a dirtbag, huh? [​IMG]

    I totally LOVE capitalism. There's already a limit of two phones. If someone believes it's worth buying a second phone to flip in order to help make a college payment or buy a nintendo, why would I care? [​IMG]
     
  7. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    He's not forcing anyone to buy it, I thought this was america, is this not america?
     
  8. indychris macrumors 6502

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    In his defense, he may be in a country that is further along the socialist slide than are we, or he may simply despise capitalism.
     
  9. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    Because they are just trying to scalp people who haven't been able to obtain one via the store because they have sold out or have not received stock.

    I guess it comes down to whether you are a decent person or not.
     
  10. dopke macrumors newbie

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    Go for it!
     
  11. indychris macrumors 6502

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    Because the iPhone is such a necessity that it's going to cost someone their life? [​IMG]
     
  12. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    Of course not, but people who do it should work harder and earn honest money instead of being profiteering leeches.
     
  13. indychris macrumors 6502

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    How is flipping a phone 'dishonest' money?

    And why would you even care when you admit that a new iPhone isn't a necessity? [​IMG]
     
  14. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    I don't care but just watch this forum next weekend when 100's of people complaining that they couldn't secure a phone because of the scalpers etc. Happens every year...
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    No it isn't. He's free to buy as many as Apple will permit and sell them. You may not like that behavior but certainly not a douche move. There's no harm in someone trying to make a little more money. Don't like that sort of thing, then you don't have to buy a phone that way, just buy it directly on apple.com
     
  16. indychris macrumors 6502

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    So you don't care but you explain why it's a big deal to you? [​IMG]
     
  17. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    I don't like seeing people denied stuff by scalpers...
     
  18. indychris macrumors 6502

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    Then by that measure, you should actually be mad at Apple for not being willing to wait to release the new phone until they have a large enough inventory to supply everyone on the first day, right? [​IMG]
     
  19. Jazper macrumors 6502a

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    Go for it, it's not like your going to loose money, you'll definitely break even if not making $100+.

    Remember the ebay fees if you're going down the ebay route though.
     
  20. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting to see peoples reaction to this topic. Thank you for you inputs.

    People get crazy when something like this is released and when it sells out then they really get antsy. They will pay what ever to have the latest stuff. I'm not holding a gun to anyones head to for out 1k plus for a phone.
     
  21. RTWG macrumors regular

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    Of course he's free to do so, as I acknowledged above, but I think it's a douche move because there are a lot of people who are eager to get the phone early, from Apple, for their own personal use, but may miss out on getting it straight away because scalpers get there first. I certainly wouldn't do it.
     
  22. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

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    I'm wondering how much you could realistically make.

    Let's assume the iPhone 6+ Gold 16gb will be in most demand. (Yes, 16gb is typically in most demand to the general population).

    You spend $749 + tax to buy it outright... so around $800 depending on where you live.

    Is it realistic to assume you'd make $1,000 - $1,200 on it? Seems a bit high to me...
     
  23. YungMoola94 macrumors regular

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    I sold the 64GB Gold 5S for $2500 last year. True Story
     
  24. MalR macrumors newbie

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    It goes against the social contract. It's a douce move. Therefore, buying a high demand, low supply product for profit, makes you a douche.
     
  25. cynics macrumors G4

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    I love how people criticizing the idea of flipping an iPhone are doing so for their own selfish agendas of getting their own iPhone 6 asap. Once they have theirs they won't have to pretend to give a crap about other people once again.

    Someone actually said "It comes down to whether you are a decent person or not" hahaha. The moral compass is officially broken.
     

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