Please help me decide which route to take this year

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  1. SisterBlue22 macrumors 6502a

    SisterBlue22

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    OK guys, this year has presented some interesting challenges, as we all know, especially for those of us who were already on the IUP program from last year. Help me decide which route I should take this year, please. Here's my story:

    I currently own a 6s Plus Rose Gold 128GB. I love the rose gold but I want a black bezel this year.

    At the time preorders opened on Friday, there were ZERO black phones available for reservation for the upgrade in my entire state. So I grabbed my only option, a rose gold 7 plus 128GB. That's what I have reserved for 8:30am Friday morning, but it's not the phone I want.

    I went to bed pissed off, and got up 15 minutes later deciding to just order a phone outright at full price. I ordered a black 7 Plus, but by that time ship dates had slipped to Oct 4 - 10. (I should have just done this first).

    So now I have a reservation for a phone I don't want, and an order for a phone I do want coming in a few weeks. I'm currently on the IUP program with my 6s Plus. So help me decide - these are my choices:

    1. Show up for my reservation at 8:30am on Friday morning and hope they will swap the rose gold I have reserved for black. This is best case scenario. If this happens, go through with the trade-in and renew the IUP as originally planned, and cancel the order for the black phone. If they don't have a black phone to swap, I'll leave with nothing, since the black phone I have on order may not be here before the 14 day return period on the rose gold expires.

    Of course, if they CAN swap it out for black, I could also just buy it outright and not deal with whether or not they will improve the experience for existing IUP members next year, and pay off the remaining balance on my 6s Plus and sell it on Swappa.

    If #1 above doesn't work out, when the black 7 arrives, I have a couple of options:

    1. Take the black phone I purchased at full price into an Apple store, return it, and rebuy under the IUP program, and trade in my existing 6s Plus, and continue with the IUP program, and hope they improve the process for next year.

    2. Pay off the balance of my existing 6s Plus and sell it on Swappa, keep the black phone I purchased at full price, and say sayonara to the IUP altogether.

    I'm hesitant to renew the IUP after the fiasco this year for existing members (note I had zero issues starting the IUP last year - it was completely painless for me). Am I missing any pros or cons to either option?

    Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any input!

    tl;dr - Will pre-orders for existing IUP members suck again next year? Should I buy a phone outright this year and pay off and sell my 6s Plus, or should I trade in and renew on IUP?
     
  2. SisterBlue22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I find it hard to believe that no one has an opinion or advice to share..... :-/
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  4. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    I don't think anyone knows how it's gonna be next year. I ran into the same problem with the black phones. I'm just gonna wait. I'll bet I get one within the week.
     
  5. pdxmatts macrumors 68000

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    I like option #2 If you can afford to pif, why do you need the IUP program? Go to the reservation, if no black, then leave without buying. I think a lot of people are going to try to switch and I believe last year, they never had any extra to swap to begin with. Keep your pre order and be done with it. You just need to be patient to get the one you want.
     
  6. edlex macrumors 68000

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    I also wanted a black phone upgrade but I'm settling for the silver to get it at launch. If I didn't find the whole selling the phone on my own such a mystery (and hassle) I would pay off my current IUP 6S+, sell it and buy the black 7+ outright. Next year I would find the exact phone I want and rejoin IUP getting the new phone shipped to me giving me a better chance of getting exactly what I want and selling the the 7+. I know eventually they are going to get this program right but the only way you can give yourself the best shot is to have all your options open to you for next year. So if you don't mind selling phones on your own, this would be my advice.
     
  7. Appl3FTW macrumors 603

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    Btw, I read the whole thing. I'm just not familiar with the iPhone upgrade program. My role of thumb in life is if you really want something, don't settle for something less. This has always been my mantra on purchasing my tech devices.
     
  8. SisterBlue22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Dude, I included a tl;dr at the end just for you! :)

    I like the no interest thing. Yeah, I can make the same payments on my credit card, but I don't have any interest free offers at this moment.

    I've actually sold every phone I've ever had since the original in 2007, so selling the phone isn't a hassle to me.

    I don't know why this has become such a dilemma for me!! Thanks to everyone who responded so far!!
     
  9. pdxmatts macrumors 68000

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    That's a good point about interest, didn't know what payment method you used ;)
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Sorry I didn't make it that far down that long wall of text you put up:D
    So in a few sentences what were you asking?
     
  11. SisterBlue22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    LMAO...I talk a lot, too. :)

    tl;dr Will options for existing IUP members suck again next year? Should I buy a phone outright this year and pay off and sell my 6s Plus, or should I trade in and renew on IUP?
     
  12. slippery-pete macrumors 65816

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    If you don't want the Rose gold why even go on Friday? Doubt they will let you swap for a different color.
     
  13. edlex macrumors 68000

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    You can switch to anything that's available
     
  14. unglued macrumors member

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    Correct even a purple macbook if they have one in stock.
     
  15. SisterBlue22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know tons of people were able to do it last year, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
     

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