Possible to change 5s color?

mjschabow

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I bought my space grey 5s about 3 weeks ago at Best Buy and I'm kind of regretting not getting the Gold.

Do you know of there's a way to exchange or trade colors? I'm past the 14 day exchange policy at Best Buy so I'm sure that's not an option.

Any advice?

Thanks!
 

jr866gooner

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I guess the only thing you can do is sell privately or not sure sure of apples policy they may trade for extra fee on top?
 

Ann P

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Possible to change 5s color?

Perhaps you can find someone to trade with on Craigslist. My boyfriend actually had the same dilemma. He swapped a month-old silver 5s for a barely opened space grey. Just be cautious of course. :) Whatever you do, DON'T sell/trade it back to Best Buy. They'll give you pennies for dollars.
 

mjschabow

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Thanks. Yeah I wish I would have went with my gut here. Best Buy of course were dicks about it. I could possibly buy a used one on eBay for $400 and then sell my grey but that's a lot of work for a color change. I'll go the craigslist route and see if that works.
 

ry23

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Perhaps you can find someone to trade with on Craigslist. My boyfriend actually had the same dilemma. He swapped a month-old silver 5s for a barely opened space grey. Just be cautious of course. :) Whatever you do, DON'T sell/trade it back to Best Buy. They'll give you pennies for dollars.
I'd have to strongly disagree.. Although you won't get back what you paid at BestBuy, they definitely pay well. I get my new upgrade every year for free because I sell my phone to BestBuy. They pay me more than the upgrade costs. I'm always able to get extra accessories with the new phone.
 

mjschabow

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I'd have to strongly disagree.. Although you won't get back what you paid at BestBuy, they definitely pay well. I get my new upgrade every year for free because I sell my phone to BestBuy. They pay me more than the upgrade costs. I'm always able to get extra accessories with the new phone.

I think at this point though, I'd get screwed. I've only had the phone for 25 days and they won't exchange for a different color. I'd be surprised if they'd give me more than 200 for it now.
 

mjschabow

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Anyone have experience with swappa? I see a "like new" gold 5s for $355. I think I could definitely get more on eBay for my Space grey.
 

mjschabow

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Possible to change 5s color?

One more question. If I buy sprint clean ESN iphone on eBay but has been unlocked for international use, will I have any issues activating it on sprint?
 

mjschabow

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Whelp. I ended up buying a new gold 5s on eBay and am Selling my space grey. I'll be happy if I break close to even.
 

phpmaven

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I'd have to strongly disagree.. Although you won't get back what you paid at BestBuy, they definitely pay well. I get my new upgrade every year for free because I sell my phone to BestBuy. They pay me more than the upgrade costs. I'm always able to get extra accessories with the new phone.
Your definition of "paying well" is a lot different than mine. Right now Best Buy is offering $283 for a 16GB 5S. You could easily get $500 on Craigslist.
 

ry23

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Your definition of "paying well" is a lot different than mine. Right now Best Buy is offering $283 for a 16GB 5S. You could easily get $500 on Craigslist.
Very true. Lol I guess when I do it, it's always right before the new phone comes out. I definitely wouldn't take it right after buying the new phone. You are right, $283 really isn't much. It would only help in the sense of buying a new subsidized phone as a new one costs ~$250 with all the taxes and such. So I stand corrected :)

I'm probably just giving BB a little too much credit since last year, due to them ****ing up my order, I ended up getting a 64GB 5S for the price of a 16GB. :p
 

phpmaven

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Very true. Lol I guess when I do it, it's always right before the new phone comes out. I definitely wouldn't take it right after buying the new phone. You are right, $283 really isn't much. It would only help in the sense of buying a new subsidized phone as a new one costs ~$250 with all the taxes and such. So I stand corrected :)

I'm probably just giving BB a little too much credit since last year, due to them ****ing up my order, I ended up getting a 64GB 5S for the price of a 16GB. :p
Well... It's Best Buy after all :D