Paying for a 16GB and getting a 64GB +$100 back

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  1. ChesneyHawkes macrumors newbie

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    So I'm in a country that isn't getting the 5s for a while. But I have a friend bringing me one from the US next week. It's a gold one which I wanted because I've had all the iPhones before in white and black, so it'll make a nice change.

    However, I'm not really that bothered about the colour and the shops here are selling 16GB gold 5s' for more than a 64GB silver. They offered me a 64GB silver plus 100 bucks for my gold 5s.

    I'm likely gonna take the deal as I'm more interested in the storage gains and possible resale value next year when the iPhone 6 comes out!

    Just thought I'd share the crazyness when the shop made me this offer.
     
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  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So you're getting a silver 64GB iphone 5 and $100 or a 64GB 5S and $100 for your gold 16GB 5S?
     
  4. ChesneyHawkes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    5s silver. I wouldn't take the 5 in silver. They also offered me a 32GB silver plus $180.
     
  5. bidwalj macrumors 6502a

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    How much are they going to sell your gold version for? Might want to do some research. You may be able to buy their 64 and make more than $100 by selling it on your own.
     
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    Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Wow, what country are you in?
    Almost sounds like its too good to be true.
    To pay all that extra money over gold color paint and give up higher storage capacity and $100?
     
  7. longcoo817 macrumors member

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    i would be careful as i bought a phone and later had become blacklisted due to default in payment or behind in bills just saying
     
  8. ChesneyHawkes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The retailer is in a mall with loads of them selling the phones at the same prices. I've had dealings with them before and no problems. They usually get the phones from Hong Kong which sells the unlocked full price phones. The prices fluctuate owing to supply and demand here. They really want gold to show off to other people. I'm just not that bothered about having a gold one, especially when I put it into my Lunatik Strike case.

    Just checked the pricing for today and they offered me even more cash!

    16GB Space Grey $860 Silver $935 Gold $1280
    32GB Space Grey $935 Silver $1000 Gold $1405
    64GB Space Grey $1015 Silver $1045 Gold $1560

    You'd have to be an idiot to pay those prices but I have no problems extracting better value for myself.
     
  9. BL4zD macrumors 6502

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    well if you're concerned about resale value next year you're better off taking the 32gb + $180 because you won't get an extra hundred dollars for the 64gb.
     
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    I would do it. After all, the gold shortage is temporary so take advantage while you can.
     
  12. 1981d macrumors regular

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    I wonder how many of Apple's launch day sells in china were people buying for resell and export to late launch countries?
     
  13. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    Agreed. I know this all too well.
     
  14. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    People selling 5's were.
     
  15. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    If they were lucky. Truth is, the higher capacity iPhones to tend to have a lower resale value relative to the retail price.
     
  16. c613m macrumors 6502

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    I still can't believe how much more expensive the gold's are going for. It's borderline ridiculous lol. Good on you OP, take that deal!! :D
     
  17. BL4zD macrumors 6502

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    They may have been asking for an extra two hundred dollars but anyone savvy wouldn't be willing to pay that.

    I got my partner a white 32gb 5 last week for $360 dollars. There is no way I could find a 16gb for $260 dollars. There's a certain threshold, it's often a little different each cycle, but it tends to hover around the $300 dollar range that no apple product falls below until it's way beyond it's lifespan.

    If you extend that out, no one wiling to sell any iPhone 5 for under $300 dollars, and then add the max memory to it (retail $200 surcharge) there is no way to sell a 64gb iPhone 5 for $500 dollars because then they're in range for a 5c and just a little ways from a 5s.

    I only made that mistake once with a 64gb iPad. I'm not saying they don't sell for more but they sell less often than the less expensive options and it's extremely difficult to recoup close to the retail price paid. In his case, the $180 is so close to the retail price that I doubt he'd get better on an open market sell down the road.
     

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