Pre-ordering 5s (Yeah, I know, just hear me out)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by joeblow7777, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    What if I told you (hypothetically) that I know of a retailer that has been accepting pre-orders of the 5s since it was revealed on the 10th.

    Is it possible that such a retailer could get in trouble for this?
  2. twisdit macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2012
    Washington DC
    Sprint was taking pre orders since 9/13 for the 5S. I just came back from the sprint store half an hour ago. You get a $50 gift card that you use towards the purchase on Friday and they hold one for you. Just tell them what color and size :D Check with your carrier
  3. mloffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2009
    Uh, no. Individual retailers can do whatever they want in terms of accepting "pre-orders." Whether they have enough stock to cover all of the pre-orders is another story but they really can do whatever they want.
  4. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    A retailer can reserve phones for whatever customers it wants. This retailer is not advertising them as preorders on the internet, which is Apple's likely only requirement
  5. joeblow7777 thread starter macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Okay. I was under the impression that there was no way to reserve a 5s before the 20th. That's certainly how people have been acting, talking about logging on to place orders online right at midnight.

    So I thought that any retailer or service provider accepting pre-orders might be risking getting their hand slapped by Apple or something.
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    The only trouble they might get in is with their customers, if they end up being unable to meet the demands of the people they've taken pre-orders from in a reasonable amount of time. If stock is constrained, there's no telling what you might get or when. Especially since historically, Apple has made their own retail channels the priority during a launch period.

    And if you're someone preordering from such a vendor, there's no guarantee your pre order will be fulfilled faster than someone ordering at 12:01 am from the Apple website.
  7. Holty123 macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2008
    Crington UK
    It's not what you know it's who you know some stores stick to the rules some don't

    i have a store who has saved me two iPhones every year since 2007

    it's business at the end of the day
  8. bwsteg, Sep 16, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013

    bwsteg macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Queens NY
    Unless you went to sprint on the 13th as soon as they opened, you are not guaranteed a 5s. Sprint is very savy. What they do is tell people that they can pre-order by purchasing a $50 gift card. That's half-true, only until they run out of stock. So what happens to the rest of the people? They now spend $50 at that particular store...Genius on the part of sprint...
  9. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I've had bad experiences doing a pre order from anyone NOT Apple.
  10. karmatourer macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2011
    In my house
    They are not pre-orders.You are getting in line and that $50 you pony up does not guarantee you a phone on release day.Radio Shack did this last year and it worked for me.Only 2 of us got phones on release day though.


    Same with Radio Shack.

  11. vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I don't trust others with preordering either.

    I have a complicated account so i had to call Verizon and get them to change a couple things so it will go by quickly at the Apple Store. Otherwise i'd probably be there for hours.

    I don't trust anyone but Apple for preordering. I don't trust anyone but Verizon for setting up my account.
  12. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    If you HAVE to get the 5s, don't go to radioshack unless you call multiple times, they get so few phones it's ridiculous. One time they got a shipment of a grand total of 3 iPhone 5's. Just mind bowing.
  13. vigilant, Sep 16, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013

    vigilant macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Doesn't surprise me at all. If I had to guess, I bet Radioshack gets small shipments because of their seemingly constant violations of advertised price. Interesting article on Business Week I think about how companies that violate that get much smaller shipments.

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