Why Does Best Buy Have Better Delivery Dates for iPhone X?

csilvia

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So...

I was one of the many that woke up early this morning, 3am EST, to preorder my iPhone X. I ordered a 256gb Silver At&t iPhone X with 2 to 3 weeks shipping, putting the delivery between November 17th and 24th.

I woke up about an hour ago, went on Best Buy, and they have the same configuration available for in-store pick-up on November 10th, so I ordered that one too and plan to cancel my Apple store order.

Why does this happen? Best Buy had better delivery dates when I purchased my iPhone 7+ too! I was told it was because it was a big box chain store, and they had better deal with suppliers, but is that really it?
 

ZipZap

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The have their own supply chain agreement with Apple. I have observed many times where Apple is out and BestBuy has stock.
 

nfl46

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Not sure. It was showing November 3rd nearly 2 hours after preorders opened. I guess the $100 markup turned people away. Of course you can get that fixed.
 
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dmontopoli

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So...

I was one of the many that woke up early this morning, 3am EST, to preorder my iPhone X. I ordered a 256gb Silver At&t iPhone X with 2 to 3 weeks shipping, putting the delivery between November 17th and 24th.

I woke up about an hour ago, went on Best Buy, and they have the same configuration available for in-store pick-up on November 10th, so I ordered that one too and plan to cancel my Apple store order.

Why does this happen? Best Buy had better delivery dates when I purchased my iPhone 7+ too! I was told it was because it was a big box chain store, and they had better deal with suppliers, but is that really it?

Best Buy shipping dates have been known to slip after orders have been placed:
https://9to5mac.com/2016/09/14/best-buy-pushes-apple-watch-series-2-release-date-to-september-28-for-most/
 
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Michael Scrip

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Not sure. It was showing November 3rd nearly 2 hours after preorders opened. I guess the $100 markup turned people away. Of course you can get that fixed.
Yeah... what a strange thing to do.

Maybe Best Buy is thinking "people will pay $100 extra to get the phone a few weeks earlier than everyone else..."

I wonder how that will work out for 'em...
 

csilvia

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madgalaxy

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The $100 markup is only if you buy outright. Carrier financed is the same price as Apple. BB has always down this with alot of their phones, but sure why.

I had a terrible time ordering from the Apple App, so I had to revert to Apple.com and my Black/64gb ship date is Nov 17-24. I was mad because I will be out of town that week, so I looked at BB and they had the Silver/64gb in stock for Nov 3, so I ordered there too. I am going to chew on it for a couple days and cancel one of them. I would rather have black, but I usually always have a case/dbrand on it.
 

csilvia

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The $100 markup is only if you buy outright. Carrier financed is the same price as Apple. BB has always down this with alot of their phones, but sure why.

I had a terrible time ordering from the Apple App, so I had to revert to Apple.com and my Black/64gb ship date is Nov 17-24. I was mad because I will be out of town that week, so I looked at BB and they had the Silver/64gb in stock for Nov 3, so I ordered there too. I am going to chew on it for a couple days and cancel one of them. I would rather have black, but I usually always have a case/dbrand on it.
But the $100 mark up can be fixed at the time of pick up if you ask for price matching - I'm sure they assume that many people are going to do this!
 

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I'm trying to order from Best Buy but it's telling me that Verizon is declining my upgrade! There are no issues with my account so I don't understand what's going on...
 

arggg14

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I ordered from Best Buy at full retail price and my order says model MQA52LL/A, but is that model A1865 or A1901? My AT&T line is paid by my employer, but I own the device. Is this phone going to come SIM free? Do I just put in my AT&T sim before booting?
 

psnick

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So...

I was one of the many that woke up early this morning, 3am EST, to preorder my iPhone X. I ordered a 256gb Silver At&t iPhone X with 2 to 3 weeks shipping, putting the delivery between November 17th and 24th.

I woke up about an hour ago, went on Best Buy, and they have the same configuration available for in-store pick-up on November 10th, so I ordered that one too and plan to cancel my Apple store order.

Why does this happen? Best Buy had better delivery dates when I purchased my iPhone 7+ too! I was told it was because it was a big box chain store, and they had better deal with suppliers, but is that really it?
Thanks for the tip! Just ordered 256GB Silver (AT&T), and estimated date for in-store pickup is showing as November 10.
 

csilvia

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Thanks for the tip! Just ordered 256GB Silver (AT&T), and estimated date for in-store pickup is showing as November 10.
Glad it worked out!

I figure, even if Best Buy pushes the date back a week, I will get a $50 credit, and will still get my phone before Apple plans on shipping it from the factory - it's essentially a win-win!