iPhone has been the most sought after during its release period each year ever since it’s first debuted in 2007. The price is not cheap either; in fact, it’s on the upper side of the wireless industry. Thus, same questions are coming up each year, like where and how to get cheap iPhones for sale; those included the newest model, a brand new old model or even used phone.

Cheap iphones for sale

Many online sites are offering cheap iPhones for Sale; however, the information accuracy is not always straight out. The price may seem decent until you look further and read on to the device detail. It’s not as simple as typing a keyword and punch the enter key. The process involves some (if not a lot) of searching, reading and analyzing descriptions, especially when you’re looking for a used iPhone. The work might take up your times as much as you would spend on a line during those black Friday promotional campaign in front of a traditional retailer. Let take a look at some nominal iPhone deals that are running now:

Unlocked iPhone 5s for $107.95 View on eBay

Unlocked iPhone 6 for $139.99 View on eBay

Unlocked iPhone 6 Plus for $214.99 View on eBay

Unlocked iPhone 7 Plus for $389.99 View on Ebay

If the above deals don’t look appealed to you, read on below for our tips on finding what you need. This article seeks to enlighten and make it easier for you on the process of finding cheap iPhones for sale. With the release of a new edition each year, it’s no doubt that you would be able to find plenty of older models at ridiculously low price, both new and used. So let’s march.

How to find cheap iPhones for sale

Buying earlier models iPhone

As stated above, due to the yearly release of new iPhone editions, most, if not all older models’ price are being reduced. This is true for used, refurbished and new iPhone. Being an older model doesn’t mean being too much inferior, in fact, some iPhone fanatics would prefer some older models over the new design.

iPhone 5/5c

 Refurbished iPhone 5c
  • Apple A6
  • 4 inches
  • 1136x640
  • 2 cameras: 8 & 1.2 MP
  • 4.65 (5c) | 3.95(5) ounces

iPhone 5s

 Refurbished iPhone 5s
  • Apple A7 – 64 bit
  • 4 inches
  • 1136x640
  • 2 cameras: 8 & 1.2 MP
  • 3.96 ounces

iPhone SE

iPhone SE
  • Apple A9 – 64 bit
  • 4 inches
  • 1136x640
  • 2 cameras: 12 & 1.2 MP
  • 3.99 ounces

iPhone 6

Refurbished iPhone 6
  • Apple A8 - 64 bit
  • 4.7 inches
  • 1334x750
  • 2 cameras: 8 & 1.2 MP
  • 4.55 ounces

iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s
  • Apple A9 - 64 bit
  • 4.7 inches
  • 1334x750
  • 2 cameras: 12 & 5 MP
  • 5.04 ounces

iPhone 7

iPhone 7
  • A10 Fusion - 64 bit
  • 4.7 inches
  • 1334x750
  • 2 cameras: 12 & 7 MP
  • 4.87 ounces

iPhone 6 Plus

Refurbished iPhone 6 Plus
  • Apple A8 - 64 bit
  • 5.5 inches
  • 1920x1080
  • 2 cameras: 8 & 1.2M
  • 6.07 ounces

iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone 6s Plus
  • Apple A9 - 64 bit
  • 5.5 inches
  • 1920x1080
  • 2 cameras: 12 & 5M
  • 6.77 ounces

iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7Plus
  • A10 Fusion - 64 bit
  • 5.5 inches
  • 1920x1080
  • 2 cameras: 12(Dual-lens) & 7M
  • 6.63 ounces

iPhone 8

iPhone 8
  • A11 Bionic - 64 bit
  • 4.7 inches
  • 1334x750 - 326 ppi
  • 2 cameras: 12 & 7 MP
  • 5.22 ounces

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 plus
  • A11 Bionic - 64 bit
  • 5.5 inches
  • 1920x1080 - 401 ppi
  • 2 cameras: 12(Dual-lens) & 7 MP
  • 7.13 ounces

iPhone X

iPhone X
  • A11 Bionic - 64 bit
  • 5.8 inches
  • 2436x1125 - 458 ppi
  • 2 cameras: 12(Dual-lens) & 7 MP
  • 6.14 ounces

Of course there will be some difference in feature, capability and build between the latest and previous model; however, if these features are not what you need, or must have, then it could save you a hectic to buy used/new older model.

For example, newer iPhone models such as the iPhone 6s and 7 are really excellent phones stand on the market, comparable to lots of smart phones, and yet, they can be purchased for a really attractive price, roughly 2/3 of what they should have been. There really isn’t too much of a distinct capability (to the point that you can’t live without) between the latest iPhone 8/8 plus and theirs predecessor, maybe the water-resistant feature if you have an athletic life. Thus, if you can live without that, grab a 6s/7 instead and you could save that hundreds of bucks for other things to do on your list.

With the release of the new iPhone 8/8 plus/X this year, there are many stores would still carry the previous 6s or 7 version brand new inbox at a reduce price. Other places to look are through online retailer or phone distributors, they usually carry big stocks of unused older iPhone models.

List of iPhone models

Buying cheap used iPhone

Now, if you want an even cheaper iPhone and willing sacrifice some aspect like cosmetic or mint condition, then used iPhone is what fit best for you.

Used iPhones are any phone that being resell either through individual seller, stores or sometime Apple Inc. It usually is the older model (which is really budget), and in some case, you might run across a newly bought latest edition too. Sweet, right? Just be patient and look through online site like eBay, Amazon, or even Craigslist, etc. and you’ll surely find one that met your needs.

Beware though, keep your head cool and read the descriptions carefully, ask the seller for any information you need or feel unsure about. Also stay away from any deal that seems too good to be true, the risks is not worth it. In the case of shopping through direct unprotected site like Craigslist, take even more extra cautions.

Looking for a Refurbished iPhone Sale

Sometimes, the most economical and simplest way to buy an iPhones is searching for a refurbished one. Refurbished iPhones often divide into two categories depend on whether it was refurbished by manufacturer or highly rated seller. These phone are used devices in great to fully working condition and have been through a throughout procedure of repairing, updating, remodeling, polishing, repackaging and testing.

The final refurbished phone should be in working condition comparable to that of a same model brand new phone, all except for its cosmetic condition, which could be vastly differ from fairly acceptable, great with minor blemishing or excellence.

The resell prices for these phones are typically about 33% to 50% of their brand new ones. Depend on the availability of stocking, customer demanding, sellers (as in Apple Inc – corporate seller or small regular computer store), etc. those would either add or subtract to the listing price.

Where can you look for a refurbished iPhone sale? There are many sites that sell refurbished iPhones including Ebay, with its Factory Outlet and eBay Stores definitely pop out from the rest. You can find almost all kinds and models of refurbished iPhones on eBay, from brand name certified to individual seller certified. Or you can purchase Apple Refurbished Certified directly on Apple site. While the first often goes with 30 days seller guaranty and protected by Ebay buyer protection, the later comes with some Apple limited warranty, obviously more safe and often at higher cost.

Beware though, that when buying refurbished iPhone, because these phones are usually handle in batch, repair and testing, so on, their functioning is a no question. However, there are some details that you might have to look for both before buying and after receive the phone. For instance, look for small death pixel on screen, the sensitiveness of the “Home” button, small jittering when plugging in head phone, charging/battery capability, etc. Those small things are easy to pass by during the refurbishing QC, that, if should exist, could be handle in timely manner (i.e. return/replace within the guaranty window).

Another thing is cosmetic and outer look of the device. Now, if you bought this for personal use, then it might not be a problem at all, but if this is a gift for someone then, well good luck. For example, I used to buy two refurbished iPhone from the same sellers, in the same batch with the same listing cosmetic as ‘great’ with minor blemish ‘may be’ presented. While both received devices were working perfectly, one come as new with no blemish, no scratch, ding at all and the other has many scratches on the screen and dent all over the corner. The lesson is: be patient and work with the seller in returning/exchanging for a different. Most seller will be happy to assisted you in exchanging (to protect their star rating and/or reputation) since there are always available stocking so you don’t have to return and do another searching/purchasing. So, if you want it as a gift, do not order refurbished iPhone sent directly to your intended receiver, instead, to you first for inspecting and handling just in case.

Where can you look for cheap iPhones for sale?

eBay

Shopping on eBay can sometimes be ‘adventurous’ because you can never be too sure of what you will be receive even with pictures and all these applied regulations. Thanks to eBay policy and its buyer protection guarantee, if your purchase went wrong, there will be someone there to help. So, you could feel freely looking for used/unused iPhones here without much worry, as long as you following the guidelines below:

  • When you found the iPhone listing on eBay, read the description carefully. Things like what will be included (yes, trust me, this is important) and their condition should be your top priority. i.e. you don’t want to buy an iPhone and later on find out that it’s only a box contain accessories, paper,.. everything but not the phone body itself. If the description and pictures don’t show it mean that it will NOT be there. So read and ask carefully.
  • A majority of eBay sellers are honorable and faithful, however there are some who are known for being complete swindlers. eBay has a system for customer feedback to weed out sellers with a poor reputation. So, take a look at the seller rating and feedback to have a general picture.
  • In some case, where customer feedback doesn’t helped (i.e. new seller or random seller), go back to the first one: read item description carefully. As long as the item doesn’t match the description, you’re surely guaranteed a return.
  • That led to this point, when your package arrive, open, charge, pop a sim and test the device immediately. Don’t have a sim card, get free ones from wireless provider beforehand. If anything goes wrong, contact the seller immediately, with picture. If not (in case of fake products), contact eBay to get your money back.

From time to time, ebay would run their promotion via ebay bucks multiplication, free shipping, 15% percentage discount, etc.  Just watch your item and wait to activate these offers, this could save you even more.

After all that, if you careful enough then nothing beats eBay when it comes to looking for cheap iPhones for sale. You will get some really unbelievable deals here. Don’t forget the auctions system on eBay too. Bid early, check back near the few ending minutes/second to adjust your price, you might be able to snap the best deals all around. If you can’t find anything match your budget and in no rush, check back every now and then as when more stocking are added and season sale coming will affect the listing price too.

Craigslist or classified websites

Many people look for cheap iPhones for sale on Craigslist or classified websites, but often with mixed results. Depend on your location, there are new iPhone listings on Craigslist every day, some with reasonable price, some are just ridiculously high for device condition, worst some might be just plain fake or a trap that someone fabricate to get you into.

Craigslist Screen Capture

Common sense and trust your instinct. Any listing that asking for money through any payment method but cash are usually scams. Any listing price that is too good to be true is probably being scams. Any listing that contain the same phone number or email that use to sell a various number of phones could also be scams. Beware of all that. Key here, meet in person at a crowd public place in safe area that have internet/electric access (say inside Starbuck, McDonald, etc.) would be a wise choice to pickup/see that iPhone. Give the cash only after you done testing that used iPhone. Carry a sim card and opener (toothpick will do) with you to the meeting place. If the phone listing doesn’t have charging cable, carry one too to plug it in. A headphone is necessary to test out the jack and also something that could access the internet to verify that the iPhone imei/serial number was not blacked out/block/lock by any carrier/authority. Finally, do a complete reset and erase all settings on the iPhone. These are important, cause once you give out the money, it’s gone and there’s no protection, period.

Sometimes you will run across someone who sells brand new inbox iPhones on these sites too at a discount price. Open the box and follow all the necessary step above to test your device just like you would with a used phone. That might be the best deal you ran into and could also be the greatest scam ever. Don’t trust anything, test them all out before giving out money to the seller.

Retail Sales

You can always go for cheap iPhone sales from major retail stores such as Best Buy, Staples and Walmart, or even wireless provider stores like ATT, TMobile, Verizon and Sprint. Many of these stores carry iPhones on attractive discounts on special occasions and holiday, perhaps with as much as $50 -$100 off the market price. But you have to be patient and follow their ads.

Social Media

You could always ask your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your friends’ friends on Facebook or Twitter and ask if anybody has an iPhone which they want to get rid of at a reasonable price. Use the full force of your social network. Remember, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Apple iPhone Store

With the release of the new iPhone 8/8 plus and iPhone X, the iPhone 7 is available in the Apple Store for a much lower price. The price of the iPhone 7 is today only $22.88/month with carrier financing for the 32GB model, while the iPhone 7 plus starts from from $27.88/month. Sure, you can get the iPhone 7 for a lower price elsewhere, but you’re assured of an Apple Warranty, products of the highest quality and 100% customer satisfaction when you buy from the Apple Store. Besides, the service in any Apple Store is great and the experience is wonderful.

We hope the information given by us on where to look for cheap iPhones for sale has been of some use to you. If you find any other places, ways to buy cheap iPhone or any suggestion on the article itself, we would love to hear that. Have fun shopping!