There's no doubt that the tech giant that is Apple makes some very nice products. There's also no doubt, however, that they charge a pretty hefty premium for these products. Despite this, a lot of people still prefer to purchase the latest iPhone or MacBook brand spanking new.
I'm not gonna lie - I'm a huge Apple fan and I like new products too - and not just because they're new. I find that purchasing tech products new or near new for the best price you possibly can is a great investment when compared to used tech for three reasons:
- You know that everything from the battery to the screen has never been used before, and consequently it's got a whole lot of life in it.
- By purchasing something new you'll have your own receipt, packaging, and warranty - so when you decide it's time to sell you'll have the upper hand.
- The unboxing is pretty fun, let's be honest.
But if you don't mind a slower or more worn product, you might as well save a few hundred dollars, right? Well actually, you might not be saving a few hundred dollars.
View it this way:
Say you've decided you want the iPhone X, and after using the one of the methods I'm about to show you, you manage to find it for $2,000. You fire up eBay and find that it's going used for around $1,700 - a full $300 cheaper!
At this point, it's important to think about the future.
While you may pay $1,700 now, in a few years you might find that things are starting to break down - you pay $200 for a new battery and suddenly it's only $100 that you've saved.
Certified RefurbishedFor those of you who don't know, on Apple's actual website they have a section called Certified Refurbished. Essentially, Apple themselves will repair devices which may have been faulty and then sell them here.
Note: if the prices look ridiculously high it's because they're in New Zealand Dollars.
Duty FreeIf you're going overseas in the near future, or you know someone who is, consider getting your product from duty free stores at the airport. Personally, I purchased a pair of AirPods from a duty free store and saved about 20% - I ended up reselling them after a few months for more than I paid for them!
Make sure you check the normal prices before you purchase duty free though, because these types of stores have been known to mark up prices so that they profit even more than they already would have.
Apple's Education WebsiteIf you have any affiliation to tertiary education, you could qualify for education rates on Apple's education store. Essentially, if you're a teacher or student then you can get a nice little discount on products such as the AirPods, iPad, and MacBook assuming you use them for education purposes.
Believe it or not, websites like eBay and TradeMe have a whole lot of potential for killer deals on brand new (you heard me right!) Apple products. In 20 or 30 minutes of searching around I managed to find this auction:
Yup! That's the newest Apple Watch going for $660 NZD, while it currently retails at about $750. $90 isn't a bad amount to save, and it's completely unopened!
- Try searching phrases like "unwanted gift" or "brand new", and then adding whatever filter to your search will best find your product.
- Make sure you have "buy now" switched on in your search, as getting a deal in a straight bidding war is almost impossible.
- Try clicking on items with pretty mediocre pictures, as those are the ones that people tend to skip over the most.
So all in all, each of these methods can work wonders, and all of them will get you brand new Apple products for much cheaper than otherwise. Some of these methods are preferred over others, so here is my recommendation in terms of a plan of attack for finding the best deal you can: