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Let's face it, you'll always pay a premium for Apple gear – but if you're ready to give up the latest and greatest in favor of last year's models, you can definitely get some serious money save up.
Apple Price Reductions and Refurbos
As always, the introduction of new iPhones means lower prices on previous models. The iPhone 7, for example, now starts at $ 449, while the iPhone 8 starts at $ 599. The iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus: $ 569 and $ 699.
Remember, the iPhone 7 was Apple's flagship two years ago. At the time, everything was "the best we've ever done" to paraphrase Tim Cook and Co. Just because there are newer models does not mean that the iPhone 7 is less powerful – it simply means that the phone now costs $ 200 less than it was.
You can do even better than that by choosing a refurbished model. In Apple's Online Refurbished iPhone Store, for example, the same iPhone 7 is only $ 379. The iPhone 7 Plus: $ 479. These are price reductions in addition to price reductions.
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The good news about Apple refurbes: They are literally as good as new. They come with a new outer shell, a new battery and a one-year warranty. (Mark your calendar: About two years from now you should be able to get a remanufactured iPhone XR for about the same price.)
The bad news about Apple refurbs: Supplies are limited and they change over time Time, so it's easy to miss the model you want. Luckily, there is [RefurbMeand can notify you when an article becomes available.
Want even more savings? Or are you looking for an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? (These models still have to appear in Apple's refresh business.) In the coming weeks we should visit marketplaces like Decluttr, Gazelle, Glyde, NextWorth and Swappa. There will be a flood of used iPhone 7 and 8 models on these sites – and this tide means lower prices.
You can also see what's available locally on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, or check auction listings on eBay. These are riskier propositions as you will not be guaranteed a purchase directly from the previous owner. Most of the above sites provide at least some sort of protection for the buyer: verified inspections, a return window and so on.
However, keep in mind that if you buy a used iPhone (or a repair from a source other than Apple), you take a greater risk. The battery will not be brand new, which means you will not have a maximum battery life, and you will not get much warranty.
Long live the iPhone 6S?
Let's not miss another former flagship: the iPhone 6S. It has Touch ID, 3D Touch, a 12 megapixel camera and waiting for it … a headphone jack! It will also run iOS 12, which Apple plans to release next week.
Refurbished Cell Phone Sellers Back Market – Remarkable for Offering "Good as New" iPhones and MacBooks ($ 1,269 at Amazon.com) with a minimum six-month warranty – thinks that the 6S deserves a different look. For example, in this letter, you could receive an unlocked Gold or Silver iPhone 6S (64GB) in a "shiny" condition for $ 269. Three years ago, in September 2015, it was $ 750.
Cheap phone shoppers tend to ban Apple's premium pricing, and for good reason: There are much cheaper alternatives on the Android side. But pretty much every iPhone is – or was – a premium phone, and a model that's two or three years old has plenty to offer. In fact, if you can get a $ 650 phone for $ 379, it's time to celebrate as if it were 2016.
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