iPhone SE constantly out of stock

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  1. TantalizedMind macrumors 6502a

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    Checked Apple Store app at 10AM...

    Hooray! All SE colors available in 64GB.

    Store is too far away to go there in time to drop kids off at babysitter and make it to work on time so I made a plan to wake up early the next morning to make it to the Apple store by the time they open.

    Check my phone on my 9:30PM break, all colors SOLD OUT.


    They didn't even last 12 hours.

    The all glass 2017 iPhone it will be in stores before these phones are GENUINELY available to the public.

    I really need a new phone pronto but I don't want a 6S. I have a 5S and want to keep this form factor. I can't order online because I need to enroll in the Trade Up program.
     
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  3. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    They will give me $150 for my 5S and let me only pay $10 a month for a new SE?!
     
  4. willmtaylor Suspended

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    $150? You can get $175-$275 on Swappa or Craig'sList. Why not sell your 5(S) for more money and then use that money to buy the SE?
     
  5. ARizz44 macrumors 6502

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    Honestly I wonder how many people find that these trade in offers on their old phones are good deals. It is a rare case where the person could not have sold their phone on a service like Swappa and made so much more. Now, if you are burning your cash in order to make more room in your wallet.....then it is a moot point.
     
  6. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    I'm beginning to think that will indeed be the case. I was not able to get my original first choice of rose gold, but I am actually happier with my second choice of space grey because I'm loving the black bezels on the smaller form factor. We waited several weeks for our local store to get even this one shipment in. I am not sure if they've gotten any since.

    There is always a lot of interest in the SEs at the demo tables when I go in. Mr. Cook seriously underestimated consumer interest in the smaller form factor and attractive price point. I traded my 6Plus in for $350 (I think) which was fine because I hated that phone after awhile.

    I do still love my 6S Plus. I'll probably trade it for whatever update they make to the SE sized phones in the future. My SE will then go to my mother-in-law. Nobody in the family wants our Plus sized phones when we are done with them so there's only the option to trade or sell them.
     
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    Have to agree with this one. I was able to order my SE online (replacing a 5S by the way) and it still took a long time to get here. However, when I had a warranty issue the other day, rather than troubleshoot it with Apple on the phone I was planning on a Genius Bar appt for a swap. Unfortunately the store inventory at my local stores (3) in Orlando was zero and then I noticed they gave me the option to order it online for a 2-3 week delivery window. How many weeks has this thing been out now? 8? I don't have a strong enough opinion to even care about a debate on which size is better - I just got used to the 5S size for a few years and felt the 6 was foreign (I had one delivered on launch day and it lasted 10 minutes before I put it back in the box and FedEx'd it to Apple!). However, there's been plenty of support for a 4" phone on these forums and obviously sales are speaking to that as well. A few years ago when it was just the 5S out it seemed like the Samsung/Android attack propaganda centered on the fact that their phones dwarfed the iPhone. I think the issue is that Apple paid too much attention and made the assumption that ALL phones had to now become bigger. Variety is a good thing. It's why our family has a minivan (course we swore never to be those people)! Loving my SE now that I have a replacement for one that the lower 1/3 of the screen started to fail (odd?).
     
  8. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    Oh yes, I saw your other thread about the screen failure. What a shame. I remember something of a similar sort happening to an iPhone but I can't recall the circumstances. Yes, it's definitely a real problem that people who run into defects can't easily and quickly get a replacement.
     
  9. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    I got $200 trade-in for my 5s at the Apple store. I was ok with that because the screen was popping out, and I would have felt guilty selling it to an individual like that on eBay or whatever.
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Some folks (I would count myself as one) don't want to invest the time and effort in setting up an account, monitoring a sale, avoiding a scam, boxing, shipping, et. al. for a few bucks. The reduced return is more than made up by the convenience and hassle-free experience with no buyer claiming the phone is bricked, locked, damaged, lost, or _________.
     
  11. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Actually Apple gives you $160 for an iPhone 5s when you trade it in for an iPhone SE.

    A 64GB makes sense to sell yourself, but you'll only get around $170 for a 16GB 5s, then take off the $10 Swappa fee and you're at around $160. Then pay for shipping and you're not making any more money than Apple will give you for it. Possibly even less.

    Even if you are able to sell your iPhone 5s for $190 like one guy did and make about $170 after Swappa's fee and shipping, the extra $10 is just not worth the risk of someone scamming you. When you trade your phone in at Apple, there's absolutely no risk involved.
     
  12. ARizz44 macrumors 6502

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    That is fair. I have never experienced any of those things, have a postal service in the building I work, and always make far more than just a few bucks difference so I guess to each their own.
     
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    MOD NOTE: I've updated the thread title to reflect the real topic of this thread. I've also deleted the posts mentioning that the title needs to be changed to avoid confusion.
     
  14. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    2 months exactly. iPhone SE still out of stock...
     
  15. Ugi macrumors regular

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    I Sold my iPhone 5s 32gb with damaged frame for 260€ via eBay. The guy came and saw the phone and bought it. No shipping or any other issues after sale. I'd never sell my phone underpriced to official sellers or to Apple so they cant use my 5s's interior parts for your new iPhone se and make a hell of profit.
     
  16. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Trade in devices either get used for refurbished units or sold in bulk to various buyers (some may resell, others may buy loads of phones for their workforce, etc). I've seen no evidence that Apple takes old parts and sells them as new, let alone repackages it as an SE. I'm fairly certain selling a used product as new is illegal here in the states and imagine the same applies to most developed countries.

    As far as the value of trade it's simply a combination of convenience as well as safety. I've sold stuff locally before and always price based on what I might get online minus shipping and any fees. I find the difference in trade values is generally about $50-75. I don't consider that a terrible trade off, particularly considering the number of times I've had local people flake on buying various items.
     
  17. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    $150 trade in value for the 16GB 5S is actually good. That $20 or $30 less that you get from Apple is worth it because it rids of the hassle of having to deal with a private sale.
     
  18. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Couldn't have said it better. As I get older (and my income rises), I have less and less patience for things like dealing with the public on used items on Craigslist or eBay. Too many scammers, hate dealing with tire kickers and shipping and possibly being robbed/killed over an iPhone. On cars where trading in means losing thousands of dollars I'll deal with the bs but on as little as $10-$50 I'll take the convenience any day!
     
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    If you had ordered it online, I think you would have already had it.
     
  21. Channan macrumors 68030

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    If you try to sell online, that's possibly more than you'll get after all the fees everyone charges. I know I wouldn't have made more than $160 for my 16GB iPhone 5s trying to sell on eBay or Swappa, and there was no worry about someone scamming me.
     
  22. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    I keep thinking of selling my iPhone 6 and getting the SE but I see it's out of stock a lot. As much as I want a smaller phone I feel I am going to want the "mystery" feature of the 7 more. I am going to wait until after WWDC to decide.
     
  23. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816

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    I have the iPhone SE along with the 6s and 6s Plus and the 6 Plus. I like every single one of them but right now I'm sticking with the SE for the time being
     
  24. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816

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    Have you noticed the resale value of the SE?? It's truly kinda crazy!

    Didn't have a lot to do with your post, but I'm just saying you could get an SE now and then sale it to recoup some of the price of the 7 because the resale value of it right now is ridiculous. I realize it's because it's mostly out of stock everywhere, but it's pretty crazy
     
  25. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think if the iPhone Trade-Up program was available online I would have done that already.
     

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