We got 2 FREE iPhone 3G's today!!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jlanuez, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. jlanuez macrumors 6502

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    Here is the short story:

    9am: Bought 2 new iphone 3Gs from the Apple Store today.
    It took just 15 minutes from entering the store to setup & paying
    (they did not even have to open the two boxes, jsut scan the UPCs on the back of the box!)

    11am: Came home, synced them both up and they were working!
    Wow going from 8gb to 16gb is good!

    Noon: Wiped the data, cleaned, and reboxed the 2 old iPhones.

    1:30pm: Sold BOTH the old iPhones to two different people from Craigslist for $300 EACH.
    Met them within 10 minutes of each other up the block at a bookstore (1 trip shopping of me!)

    2pm: Deposited the $600 cash at the ATM.

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    Paid $299 + tax = $317.24 x 2 = $634.48
    Sold $300 x 2 = $600
    Total Net paid = $34.48

    I think $34.48 (plus a one year extension of our contact) is a good ROI for:
    • 3G
    • Brand new batteries!
    • 8gb MORE space

    :)
     
  2. Phil A. Moderator

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    Nice one :)

    Getting $300 for an 8GB 1st Gen is pretty good - I'm guessing they were in pristine condition?
     
  3. Sky Blue Guest

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    how is that getting a free iPhone? You just covered the cost by selling the old one.
     
  4. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    I sold my first-gen 8GB iPhone for $406 on eBay :p. The auction ended on the night of July 11, BTW.
     
  5. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Ignore please. Sorry I got confused. Please remove.
     
  6. matt550 macrumors 6502

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    I sold my locked 4gb with 2.0 installed on eBay for $260 the other day
     
  7. Dr Lu 2010 macrumors member

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    umm..thats not free...

    Free would be if you sold you old phones..and covered the cost of the old phones (what you paid for) + the amount you paid for the iphone 3G ...so no..nowhere near free..

    Im surprised you didnt sell on ebay..those things are selling for 500 a pop
     
  8. bov macrumors 6502

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    My thought as well....
     
  9. RevolutionOne macrumors member

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    I've sold my 1st gen 8gb iphone to my brother for the same amount that it costs to buy the 16gb iphone 3g

    best of all, i got the original iphone for free as i used to work for apple :)
     
  10. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

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    If they were free, you would have deposited $1234.49 at the ATM...........
     
  11. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    $34 for 2 iPhones!


    Come on! You have GOT to be kidding with these "not free' comments - LOL
    Don't take life so seriously. :mad:
    JEALOUS?

    I was just sharing some good news. :)

    I basically "TRADED" two YEAR-OLD (batteries have been used HEAVY for a full year) iPhones for just the price of the tax!

    $34 is a great deal for (TWO new 3G iPhones):
    • NEW BATTERIES!!
    • 3G
    • 8GB MORE space
     
  12. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You were the only person with a decent comment. Thank you. :D

    OK - so not "technically" free.
    I basically "traded" 2, year-old 8gb 2.5g iPhones, for 2 - NEW 16gb 3g iPhones.

    One was in very good physical condition (my wifes) and one (mine, no case) had a dent and 2 scratches on the top, in the metal back. Sounds like I'm talking about us and not the phones - lol.
     
  13. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    two years? :confused::confused:

    i sold my old iphone for $415

    I bought my new one for $416

    I GOT A FREE IPHONE PLUS 99 BUCKS!


    who's jealous now? ;)
     
  14. Sky Blue Guest

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    I get free rent, free utilities and free food ... anywhere!

    (after i've deposited my pay check)
     
  15. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Woops - corrected that typo - thanks!
     
  16. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Lame - if you OWNED your own home and it increased in value the same amount you spent on mortgage for the year - maybe your logic would be relevant.
     
  17. Clusty macrumors regular

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    If you're going to say something like that, you should at least spell it right..

    How was the iPhone two years old?

    ETA: Never mind the above comment, we posted at the same time.
     
  18. SqB macrumors 6502

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    how is that getting free rent, free utilities and free food? You just covered the cost by putting your check in the bank and spending it.

    //Sarcasm off//

    What's with these freaking 1st gen's going for so much? I was hoping to pick one up for pocket change after the switch over because the market would be flooded with them. Haven't seen one yet for less than $250. We need to get all those upgraders on e-bay and flood the market!!!
     
  19. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not sure why you paid $416 for a $299 iPhone? No contract???
    BTW - The difference between your figures is $1, not $99.
     
  20. Clusty macrumors regular

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    Typo, maybe? I assume a 16GB w/tax would be $316, which would make a $99 difference.
     
  21. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think I got lucky because of timing. It's the first week. I made the switch NOW because of this. I'm sure as a month or so goes by, the 1st gen iPhones will drop in price. Both people I sold to for $300 each today said are going to use the iPhone on their existing t-mobile account.

    For us it's worth it because we planning on sticking with our unlimited AT&T plans anyway, so what's another year. We'll see if the $15 each or so extra per month is worth it ($10 for 3G + $5 for 200 SMS). I figured with the new technology, plus the NEW batteries, for basically a "swap" in hardware - I better jump on it!
     
  22. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    I got a black 16GB iPhone 3G and I made $200. I win :p?
     
  23. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do tell. How?
     
  24. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    This thread really demonstrates the sad road that the Macrumors Forums have begun to take. Reading everyones replys shooting the OP down on silly technicalities is childish and pathetic.

    Seeing more and more of this just makes me want to leave the forums completely. Not like that would bother anyone anyhow as no one would care.

    Im happy for the OP, nice job, hope you enjoy your new 3G iPhones :apple:
     
  25. jlanuez thread starter macrumors 6502

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    THANK YOU!
     

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