Now that the iPhone 6 is well past its honeymoon stage, now is a great time to buy Apple’s latest smartphone at a discount. Here’s how to buy a cheap iPhone 6.
If you don’t care about having the latest and greatest smartphone right on release date, you may be the wisest of us all. Waiting a few months in order to pick up a new iPhone is perhaps one of the smartest things you can do if you’re a frugal buyer who still wants one of the best smartphone experiences on the market.
The iPhone 6 was announced and launched back in September, and prices started at $199 for the 4.7-inch model and $299 for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus after signing a new two-year contract. However, if you look in the right places, you can one for much cheaper than that, especially if you buy off-contract, with normal prices starting at $649 for an off-contract iPhone 6.
Third-party retailers and used markets are pretty much the best places to look if you’re wanting to buy an iPhone 6, as retailers have been discounting the device several times since its launch and those who got buyers remorse looking to get rid of their iPhone 6 will hopefully see them selling the newer device for a low price.
Here are some places to keep in mind when you’re deal-hunting for a cheap iPhone 6.
You can easily take advantage of numerous iPhone 6 sales from several big retail chains, including Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, etc. Many of these stores have discounted the iPhone 6 several times over the last few months, including March.
In some cases, retail store discounts can be as big as buying used, but if you’re wanting a brand new iPhone 6 for as little as possible, then waiting for a sale at a retail location or a carrier store is probably your best bet. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming holidays that would warrant a big sale on the iPhone 6, but don’t be surprised to see random sales pop up throughout the next couple of months and over the summer.
While we prefer buying expensive products from reputable sources, you can’t beat the deals that you can score on eBay, as long as you shop smart.
You’ll also need to be more careful when browsing for iPhones on eBay, since there are a lot of sellers out there who are looking to take buyers for a ride, and many iPhones you’ll find on eBay could be stolen units. Plus, there are even some sellers who will try to trick you.
Remember that one guy that bought a photo of an Xbox One for $615? Well, he thought he was buying an actual Xbox One console, but he was tricked. Granted, he read the description, but simply just assumed that it was a real Xbox One console that he was bidding on. To avoid such conundrums like this, be sure to thoroughly read the description and make sure that it’s the right item that you’re bidding on.
eBay sellers like to trick buyers by putting fine print in the description or simply just saying “iPhone 6 box” in the hopes that naive bidders will miss the fact that it’s just the box for sale.
We’ve also seen sellers list dummy iPhones, and while they usually make it clear that it’s not a real iPhone, it’s important to read the description instead of just relying on photos and assuming that it’s a real iPhone.
Not all eBay sellers are bad. In fact, you’ll rarely come across a trickster, but they’re out there, so be careful.
Craigslist has been hailed as one of the most sketchiest places to buy consumer electronics, but when used carefully, you can find a great deal on a cheap iPhone 6.
We’ve discussed many times how Craigslist is a hotbed for scams, but there are also a lot of good guys that genuinely just want to sell you their iPhone 6 for whatever reason. And since Craiglist is usually full of sellers looking to just get rid of their stuff, they’re usually willing to give you a great deal.
Again, be careful that you’re not buying a stolen iPhone. A good way to tell if it’s stolen is if you ask the seller to turn off Find My iPhone or reset the device to factory settings in front of you. The seller needs to know the Apple ID credentials for both of these tasks, and if he doesn’t know them, or if he refuses to do any of these tasks, then it’s a safe bet that the iPhone was stolen.
If eBay and Craigslist aren’t your thing, Swappa is essentially the sunny and green pasture that awaits you at the end of the tunnel. Swappa is heavily regulated by its staff members and every seller is required to verify the devices that they’re selling, so you know that you’re not buying a stolen iPhone 6 when you do business on Swappa.
You can find some great deals on Swappa as well, thanks to the heavy competition from numerous other sellers trying to get rid of their iPhones. Plus, many of them would be willing to negotiate with you on a better price.
If you don’t trust yourself with finding a legit iPhone 6 on eBay or Craigslist, perhaps the next best solution is to ask friends and make a call-out on various social networking services.
Simply posting about how you’re in the market for an iPhone 6 will automatically get all of your friends to try and help you find a good deal on one. While none of your friends, specifically, may have an iPhone 6 to sell to you, they might know another friend who is selling one. From there, you can make the connection and buy your new phone.
I’ve found that usually only your closest friends are helpful in this respect, so don’t expect every single one of your Facebook friends to be keeping their eyes peeled for an iPhone 6 deal for you, but at least you’re getting the word out, and every little bit helps.