1. mikeyvt1's Avatar
    I decided to pre-order through Best Buy because I have some gift cards I wanted to use. You have to go to the actual store to pre-order. To my surprise everyone that pre-ordered received a $50 gift card. I don't think they advertised that at all. Just wanted to give a heads up.
    10-08-2011 01:31 AM
  2. ivan1.ruiz's Avatar
    Man that sounds amazing is a good cover or two lol
    10-08-2011 01:38 AM
  3. cacherpaderp's Avatar
    You are forced to buy the $50 gift card in order to preorder. I preordered 2 Sprint iPhones and I had to purchase 2 $50 gift cards.
    10-08-2011 03:02 AM
  4. xlipstickandbruisesx's Avatar
    Best Buy giving you a $50 gift card basically covers the extra tax they charge you then if you bought it through your carrier because they charge you tax on the full price not the 199-399 you're actually paying for it
    Last edited by xoxospecialk; 10-09-2011 at 03:28 PM.
    10-08-2011 03:49 AM
  5. zackawee27's Avatar
    I decided to pre-order through Best Buy because I have some gift cards I wanted to use. You have to go to the actual store to pre-order. To my surprise everyone that pre-ordered received a $50 gift card. I don't think they advertised that at all. Just wanted to give a heads up.
    Why wouldn't they give you back Best buy gift cards, haha they buy stuff from their store anyway so they're making money.
    Or if you had to buy them, they know that iPhone's are in high demand and they think they can make a quick buck buy adding 50 dollars to get you're iPhone.
    10-08-2011 07:21 AM
  6. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    I got mine from sprint.com and used mr rebates so I got a $50 rebate. Forget a gift card.
    10-09-2011 09:49 AM
  7. boomhower1820's Avatar
    Best Buy giving you a $50 gift card basically covers the extra tax they charge you the if you bought it through your carrier because they charge you tax on the full price not the 199-399 you're actually paying for it
    That depends on your state tax laws. CA and one New England state does that, the rest do not. Those states charge tax based on original price of products before discounts I have bought a couple phone there and am only charged the tax on the purchase price.
    10-09-2011 10:19 AM
  8. Freiteez's Avatar
    I never even thought of bestbuy even though I'm a silver rewards member. I think I'll be waiting outside my local Apple store to pickup mine though. This'll be my first launch event. Heard they are pretty fun at apple stores.
    10-09-2011 11:09 AM
  9. ballerx44's Avatar
    I never even thought of bestbuy even though I'm a silver rewards member. I think I'll be waiting outside my local Apple store to pickup mine though. This'll be my first launch event. Heard they are pretty fun at apple stores.
    Definitely one of the funnest experiences I've ever had... OG iPhone launch was easily the funniest day I've had in a LONG time haha... take a jacket though, I ended up having to drive 15+ miles home to get a jacket...
    10-09-2011 11:57 AM
  10. Helicopter's Avatar
    I preordered through Best Buy last year for the iPhone 4. I went in the store the day preorders started and purchased the $50 gift card which is basically a deposit and reservation for the phone. Best Buy then called me the day before release and asked me what time I wanted to come in the following day to pick up my phone. The reason my store set up "appointments" was to keep the process smooth and less hectic. I went in the store on release day and used the gift card I purchased towards the price of the phone and walked out 10 minutes later. It was a pretty hassle-free experience, in my opinion.
    10-09-2011 01:42 PM
  11. pipemilo's Avatar
    Oh thats awesome! But I think they just do that to cover taxes. But either way thx for sharing your knowledge with us!
    10-09-2011 01:48 PM
  12. jhoove09#IM's Avatar
    Yeah, I did the same. Just know that the day you pick up the phone you will pay the full price you would have, that 50 you put down when you pre-ordered is on the gift card. You can choose to use that for the phone or you could buy something else.

    Basically, you haven't paid anything for the phone yet. You have no money down on it.
    10-09-2011 02:39 PM
  13. OlegWasHere's Avatar
    Just got back from Best Buy.
    now they couldn't guarantee that i would receive my phone on friday but if i get there early enough i can.
    but said i was only 1 of a few that ordered the 64gb black. so hopefully it works out.
    my store(both best buy mobile and best buy retail said that it's first come first serve but will be for sure getting one before the 31st.)

    yes i had to purchase a down payment plan for the phone(50$ gift card)

    luckily i work until 7am and then the store opens at 8. happy hunting for your phones.
    10-09-2011 02:58 PM
  14. xlipstickandbruisesx's Avatar
    That depends on your state tax laws. CA and one New England state does that, the rest do not. Those states charge tax based on original price of products before discounts I have bought a couple phone there and am only charged the tax on the purchase price.
    I live in Las Vegas and I'm on Sprint, I was charged tax on the amount I paid on not the amount the phone sell for at retail.
    10-09-2011 03:31 PM
  15. ECGcrackberry's Avatar
    Definitely one of the funnest experiences I've ever had... OG iPhone launch was easily the funniest day I've had in a LONG time haha... take a jacket though, I ended up having to drive 15+ miles home to get a jacket...
    Please explain what happens at the launch event? I am interested.
    10-10-2011 06:34 AM
  16. ECGcrackberry's Avatar
    I decided to pre-order through Best Buy because I have some gift cards I wanted to use. You have to go to the actual store to pre-order. To my surprise everyone that pre-ordered received a $50 gift card. I don't think they advertised that at all. Just wanted to give a heads up.
    Why would you guys order your iPhone from best buy? In my experience with all electronics, they are the least knowledgeable and their prices are not competitive. You would be better off ordering from the carrier or apple itself.
    Also regarding accessories, when I was looking for ipad accessories, they had less of a selection than even Verizon. For example, right before hurricane Lorraine here in the NYC area, I was searching for a battery backup for my iPad and itouch and they had nothing. I browsed their other accessories at that point and they were very limited.
    Apple was out of stock of backups for the i products and they recommended blackstones. I picked up a cool backup there for my iPad. Touch backup at verizon.
    Last edited by ekneeiphone; 10-10-2011 at 06:49 AM.
    10-10-2011 06:44 AM
  17. tlo07's Avatar
    Some people get them at Best Buy because they want to do the trade in program or maybe they have gift cards to use.
    10-10-2011 01:50 PM
  18. sting7k's Avatar
    I preordered through Best Buy last year for the iPhone 4. I went in the store the day preorders started and purchased the $50 gift card which is basically a deposit and reservation for the phone. Best Buy then called me the day before release and asked me what time I wanted to come in the following day to pick up my phone. The reason my store set up "appointments" was to keep the process smooth and less hectic. I went in the store on release day and used the gift card I purchased towards the price of the phone and walked out 10 minutes later. It was a pretty hassle-free experience, in my opinion.
    Same here, getting the iPhone 4 at Best Buy last year was the best iPhone buying experience yet. The appointment thing to come in and pick up was crucial; no lines or waiting if the sales people had customers because they were waiting for me.
    Helicopter likes this.
    10-10-2011 03:08 PM
  19. mikeyvt1's Avatar
    Why would you guys order your iPhone from best buy? In my experience with all electronics, they are the least knowledgeable and their prices are not competitive. You would be better off ordering from the carrier or apple itself.
    Also regarding accessories, when I was looking for ipad accessories, they had less of a selection than even Verizon. For example, right before hurricane Lorraine here in the NYC area, I was searching for a battery backup for my iPad and itouch and they had nothing. I browsed their other accessories at that point and they were very limited.
    Apple was out of stock of backups for the i products and they recommended blackstones. I picked up a cool backup there for my iPad. Touch backup at verizon.
    Umm... because I have a large gift card that could cover a few iphones.
    10-10-2011 04:22 PM
  20. ECGcrackberry's Avatar
    Umm... because I have a large gift card that could cover a few iphones.
    Cool! Lucky you!
    10-10-2011 05:21 PM
  21. count123's Avatar
    Why would you guys order your iPhone from best buy? In my experience with all electronics, they are the least knowledgeable and their prices are not competitive. You would be better off ordering from the carrier or apple itself.
    Also regarding accessories, when I was looking for ipad accessories, they had less of a selection than even Verizon. For example, right before hurricane Lorraine here in the NYC area, I was searching for a battery backup for my iPad and itouch and they had nothing. I browsed their other accessories at that point and they were very limited.
    Apple was out of stock of backups for the i products and they recommended blackstones. I picked up a cool backup there for my iPad. Touch backup at verizon.
    As for me. I will be selling my charge back to them. Which I purchased for $199 as opposed to the $299 Verizon wanted me to pay. Oh yeah they are paying me $350 for the charge. I will only ever buy phones from best buy.

    Count
    10-13-2011 04:53 AM
  22. E Pow's Avatar
    I ended up pre-ordering mine at Best Buy also. I gave it a shot last year and it was painless, I was in and out within 10 mins. I will admit I enjoy the lines at the Apple store and all the Apple fans. It's a great experience just to be around others who take exceiment in what you love. This year I gave Best Buy a shot again because I have something to do Friday and dont have the luxury to stand in lines all day, and I wouldnt be home to have it shipped to me. I got my call from my Best Buy store telling me I was the 1st pre-order and I can come in at 8am and pick up my 4S Oct 14.
    10-13-2011 07:38 AM
  23. Dsgcobra's Avatar
    Just got the call from BB and they asked what time I wanted to come in a pick up my phones. I Pre-ordered a 16GB in white (wife's phone) and a 64 Gb back (mine). They had called about the 64 only and when i told them i had the 16 pre ordered also they said that I had to wait for that call to set up the appointment. If I get the call the can do both at the same time. I dont understand how one can be ready and the other not
    10-13-2011 03:51 PM
  24. OlegWasHere's Avatar
    Yes I haven't received a call yet either. 64gb AT&T black
    Apparently no best buy in the country received any 64gb iPhones last week

    Hopefully tomorrow.
    But according to them everyone will get it by the 31st if not I'm demanding more than a refund for my gift card
    I have preordered stuff before and have always had good experiences with them
    10-20-2011 10:27 PM
  25. Guacho's Avatar
    Why would you guys order your iPhone from best buy? In my experience with all electronics, they are the least knowledgeable and their prices are not competitive. You would be better off ordering from the carrier or apple itself.
    Also regarding accessories, when I was looking for ipad accessories, they had less of a selection than even Verizon. For example, right before hurricane Lorraine here in the NYC area, I was searching for a battery backup for my iPad and itouch and they had nothing. I browsed their other accessories at that point and they were very limited.
    Apple was out of stock of backups for the i products and they recommended blackstones. I picked up a cool backup there for my iPad. Touch backup at verizon.
    We can also get no interest for 6 or 18 months with their credit card, get reward points and in my experience the lines on launch days at the best buy stores are not that long
    10-21-2011 07:58 AM
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