Where are these eBay iPhones coming from?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nickspohn, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Okay, this has always made me puzzled. I'm not talking about iPhone sellers in other countries, I'm talking about selling 3G iPhones in America. Where the heck are they getting them?

    I've looked at various sellers, and each have 100's of 3G iPhones sold.
     
  2. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a

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    theres a guy on MR that does it, they buy em from apple I guess and sell them for 75 to 100 dollars in profit.
     
  3. nickspohn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    idk search the post your last purchase thread, a few days back he posted a crap load of black 3G's
     
  5. nickspohn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I PM'd him last night, and of course he didn't respond back. Of course it is one big secret. :rolleyes:
     
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    How could you do this though? Don't you have to go through a credit check every time you buy an iPhone and on top of htat why would AT&T allow you to buy so many iPhones?
     
  8. jlwillia macrumors regular

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    Yeah, this seems odd to me. The only thing I can think of is that these are stolen iPhones or something? Or maybe there all refurbished? I just don't understand how someone gets a batch of 20 iPhones.

    The only other thing I could think of is that they are flawed iPhones and Apple sold them for a discount. Even this seems unlikely though because Apple would probably just destroy any "mistake" or "flawed" iPhones so as not to dilute brand quality image.
     
  9. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I'd love to know the answer to this too..
     
  10. Bambeezer macrumors regular

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    It's very suspicious. Of course, I'd have a big stack to sell to friends if I could figure it out too..... :D

    I did inquire about purchasing a replacement for myself through my girlfriends account. They told me a replacement costs $499 (16GB) and no contract extension. Maybe that's what people are doing. Seems hard to believe no one would ask questions after you had purchased more than a couple like that.
     
  11. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe a huge crapload of them "fell off a truck." :D
     
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    I doubt they are stolen, or they wouldn't be on eBay in such large quantities.
    Most likely cause is that they know someone who works for a 3rd party phone store and can purchase them in bulk much like any major phone store does. They will of course be getting them at a reduced rate at which they will hike up the prices on eBay to gain a profit.

    I know a few years ago a friend of mine worked for a small phone store that was easily able to buy handsets in bulk and sell them on at a much greater price on eBay because of the demand. Remember, eBay has much greater exposure than a small store in a bad location.
     
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    I haven't seen a third party store yet that is selling iPhones.
     
  15. svndmvn Guest

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    who sells iPhones in the US? AT&T,Apple and Best Buy? The contracts are necessary, and I don't think any of these stores could escape AT&T buying 100 phones from Apple,let's say,and not sell them all with contracts.
     
  16. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    You can buy them cash, unlocked from France, South Africa and Italy.
     
  17. nickspohn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    They have to be getting them cheap from somewhere. I've asked a few sellers on eBay, and they think it's one big secret, but they have said they get them here in the US.


    Even people on this board are making it one big secret.

    I'm still looking for an answer to this.
     
  18. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    It's quite simple. They must have figured out a loophole in Apple/AT&T system that allows them to purchase these phone at discounted price of $199/$299 and exploited it.
     
  19. nickspohn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's impossible, it really is. You have to sign a contract when you buy the phone, simple as that. These people are getting iPhones in the bulk. I doubt they buy them all, and cancel all the contracts.


    Plus, the pictures of the iPhones on eBay, some are shown in the box they ship in, the ones where the phones are standing up, and there are about 10-12 in a box.
     
  20. svndmvn Guest

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    I think it has to do something with breaking the law:)
     
  21. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    FYI, when 3G was first released, there were several ways of getting discounted price. One of which was to continue to insert sim card into first gen phone to reset upgrade status.

    Also, I know several people who were able to get phones in original wrap from AT&T stores. In fact, I got unwrapped phones myself from AT&T and Apple.

    These eBay guys aren't fools, these are within legal boundaries.
     
  22. svndmvn Guest

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    I'm not saying someone is stealing the phones, they are therefore covered by warranty or whatever, but someone at the stores is not being honest,because in theory if you want more than one iPhone, either from an Apple Store or an AT&T store, you have to sign at least one contract, so, let's say you're paying 199$ for 8GB, and you say you broke it, you don't give it back,you almost certainly have to pay the full price for the second one,right?
    I don't see where a sim card helps in any way, don't you have to give your name and such?
     
  23. nickspohn thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yep, and i think if you are starting your own AT&T account, you have to sign a document.
     
  24. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    I said they found a loophole and exploited it and gave an example of previous loophole. It is very possible other loopholes exist for further exploitation. The logistic of how it works, I do not know nor really that interested to find out.

    I am merely offering a very possible scenario, and really not that interested in explaining.
     

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