When's the best time to pick up a 5 now?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Rhyno37, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Rhyno37 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    Hey guys, for a while now I've had an urge to go back to an iPhone (I switch phones a lot, had the 4S and now the Galaxy S3). With the 5S being announced, do you expect the market to be flooded with the 5? How much do you expect the price to drop? I assume the best time to buy will be the day of and days following the 5S release next Friday. What are some good places to look other than Craigslist, ebay and swappa? Thanks!
  2. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    Firstly, do you know that iPhone 5 has been discontinued? Not that it matters one bit. It's a great phone, but I'm going to say if you want one that's new then I would try and get it within the next two weeks. Personally I wouldn't want one off Craigslist or eBay either...
  3. Rhyno37 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    Sorry, I should have specified. Lightly used, aka mint condition is what I'd be looking for. Why wouldn't you want one from there?
  4. boomhower macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2011
    The longer you wait the cheaper they get. I don't see any massive price drops other than now. Those that are upgrading are selling between now and release day to upgrade. After that will be business as usual. I wouldn't expect any big decreases. Just your typical as it gets older it gets cheaper deal.
  5. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    Personally I've had issues on Craigslist with IMEI's and ESN's. of course now I check them all before I buy them, but I've met a lot of shady people from Craigslist. Not so bad on eBay
  6. Rhyno37 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    I think I found someone to trade me plus cash. Gonna meet at the Verizon store though to make sure everything's good.
  7. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    i got an iPhone 5, 64GB running iOS 6.1.2 in mint condition for $528. it included 2 cases, 2 cables, and 1 charger

    use that as some basis as to what they are selling for after Tuesday. prior to that, you could expect to pay minimum $650 for a "good condition" one


    yeah bc if someone sells you a blacklisted IMEI/ESN on eBay, you can file a dispute with eBay, PayPal, and even your CC that you put it on and get it all back
  8. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    You won't find it for sale on the Apple site anymore.
  9. Spacial macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2013
    True. It's a smart way to force people to buy a 5S. Apple is the master at marketing.
  10. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2012
    Now is the best time if you want to get iphone 5 for cheap :)

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