Why doesn't the official Apple online refurbished store sell iPhones?

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  1. emilioestevez Suspended

    emilioestevez

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    The refurb store on Apple.com sells practically every other Apple product, but no iPhones. Does anyone know why not?
     
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    I am not sure. Apple did have an eBay store operated by a third party where they sold refurbished phones but that's gone too once they were found out I think.
     
  4. Broadus macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps the refurbished phones are used to replace iPhones returned due to warranty issues.
     
  5. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

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    I've always wondered the same thing. Probably due to them needing replacement models for consumers and possibly other third parties. Also, it might be that they feel selling their #1 product as refurbished would cheapen the perceived value of it.
     
  6. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    they'd probably sell too quick and not enough to keep in store for replacements? never saw any prices regarding the ones on ebay but would assume they're about 40% cheaper than a brand new one? apple basically gives them away if you find anything wrong with your phone. I just got my 2nd replacement in the mail yesterday for a faulty vibrate switch. they could have easily fixed the issue or declined it because it wasn't that big of a problem, though I got a new/refurb in my hands right now.
     
  7. EW800 macrumors 6502

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    Tad cranky this morning? :)
     
  8. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    Exactly.

    It is the highest return and defect item in their inventory just for the simple fact that the iPhone carries the company.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I would also argue that it undercuts their sales of new iPhones.

    Apple wants you to buy a new phone at full price from them. It's popular enough that if you decide you don't want to buy a new phone from them it doesn't matter. Someone else will. But if you really want that iPhone you'll cough up the money for a new one.

    Giving you the option to buy a refurb from them means they get less money.
     
  10. segrobja macrumors regular

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    AT&T used to sell refurbished iPhones years ago. They would sell them online and they would magically appear, sell out, and then disappear for awhile. This is how I got my first iPhone, back in the days of no subsidies that we are now heading back to.
     

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