Some U.S. retailers put iPhone 5c on fire sale

By , Oct 11, 2013

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Call it the electronics retailer version of limbo, but U.S. stores are racing each other to see which can offer the iPhone 5c for close to nothing.

From electronic giant Best Buy to mid-range Target, the price on Apple’s colorful handset is being slashed to the bone. How low can they go? How’s free?

As the iPhone 5s continues to be the handset Apple fans prefer, reports filter in suggesting the tech giant plans to cut production on the iPhone 5c. Smelling a potential door-buster on their hands, a number of U.S. retailers are announcing steep discounts on the already affordable handset…

Retailer Best Buy is going all-out to entice consumers looking to trade in their ancient smartphone.

Next week (October 13-19), the company is giving a $100 in-store gift card in exchange for trade-ins. That makes the already $99 iPhone 5c free. Likewise, the $199.99 iPhone 5s becomes just $99, according to GigaOM.

Dropping the iPhone 5c to free with a trade-in comes just a week after the electronics giant marked the new handset to just $50. Best Buy held a similar fire sale in September to clear out its inventory of iPhone 5 handsets.

If you are considering taking advantage of the Best Buy trade-in deal, the retailer is not being too picky about the condition of smartphones it accepts. According to the report, you can exchange any smartphone that works, hasn’t been dunked in water and has a screen that’s not cracked.

Of course, you have to sign a two-year contract.

radioshack 5c sale

Best Buy isn’t the only store trying to unload the iPhone 5c.

Target is cutting the handset to $49.99, $20 below the current $79. That puts Target in line with retail giant Walmart, which sells the iPhone 5c for $45 with a two-year contract. Meanwhile, Radio Shack (above) is also pushing the iPhone 5c, offering a $50 gift card when buying the Apple handset.

The iPhone 5c is essentially becoming a loss-leader for these electronics sellers. You offer the 5c at a cut rate to get customers in the door. Once there, sales people can point out that for just a bit more, consumers can grab the iPhone 5s, which is flying off store shelves.

The retailers have forgotten one other selling point for the iPhone 5c: apps on the iPhone 5c crash half as often as the more powerful 64-bit iPhone 5s.

According to one report, Apple shipped 11.4 million iPhone 5c handsets in September, down from an earlier forecasted 17 million. The usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo trimmed his estimate, noting there had been a 33 percent drop from his previous forecast.

The analyst also expects 10.4 million of the handsets will sell during the December quarter, a 10 percent drop sequentially, according to Business Insider. We’ll have a better idea of the iPhone 5s/5c sales performance after Apple announces its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter earnings on October 28.

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  • mrloko

    Buy it in sale and get it unlocked from chronicals or others who unlock!! Will it work ?

    • Nate McKelvie

      Even if you unlock it, these prices are offered if you sign a 2 year contract

      • mrloko

        But if you unlock..you still have to pay the monthly bill ?

      • Dixon

        Ofc u still have to pay the monthly bill even if u unlock !! U signed a account an u will pay for 2 years doenst matter if u use another sim card from akother provider

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yes you have to pay the bill! That’s what signing a CONTRACT means. The phones cost $550 for 5c and $650 for 5s, the only reason companies sell it for $50, $99, $150 or $199 is because if they sell you a phone cheap but make you sign a contract they know that your going to be paying them monthly for the next two years so they are willing to lose money on the initial phone sale. You don’t have to use The service, but you do have to PAY the bill

  • Fevostone

    I only paid 99 pounds for my 5s in the uk. On contract

    • ramo

      That’s about $164 CAD. So, more than the deals stated here, but a bit cheaper than paying the $199 full price.

  • Juan Genao

    Radio shack gave my mom $150 for her old 4s, and it was in average condition.

    • William Melendez

      That’s coo … Your mom could of got 150 bucks more or more if she would of sold it on CL ? Maybe you guys didn’t want to deal people ? Idk …

    • ExRoot

      No offense but your mom got ripped off. 4s’s go for minimum $300 on Craigslist. Average is about $310.

      • blastingbigairs

        Totally true, but some people don’t want to deal with CL creeps and freaks. His Mom could have been jacked if she wasn’t careful. eBay could have also gotten her an extra $100 too.

      • Christopher Columbus

        eBay is the way to go. Trade ins only make sense if you bought your phone through upgrade pricing and are buying your new phone through an upgrade, and don’t want to deal with eBay.

        But still it’s a ripoff. For the iPhone 5 64GB the trade in values were around $360 on average. Since mine was jailbroken on 6.1.2 I sold it for $600 on eBay. (you can get about $480 for non-JB on iOS) So I got my iPhone 5S for free and had about $150 leftover after the 9% total eBay/PayPal fees.

        Companies that do trade ins won’t factor in jailbreak, iOS version, or whether the phone is factory unlocked. Either way the trade in values for a non-JB device are horrible.

        You’re getting $360 for a $920 device. That means you’re selling your device for a 70% depreciation in only 12 MONTHS. You’re not very smart if you do that.

  • chumawumba

    Shit I bought too soon

  • Kenny Woodard

    I never expected the 5c to sell well in the U.S. I’ve only seen one person with one. And it was a junior high girl.. These phones at least at 99$ are a joke. I mean seriously… If you’re gonna be paying a contract for 2 years, who in the hell wants a cheap plastic iPhone when the real deal iPhone 5s is just 100$ more? I honestly don’t know why anyone would by the 5s right now anyways. I’ve only heard bad things about it and most people want a bigger screen and all the kinks worked out so they will wait on the iPhone 6. Apple was crazy to discontinue the 5. It was a good phone and people who were gonna upgrade to the cheaper 5 when the 5s came out are stuck with a piece of plastic instead of the beautiful and elegant iPhone 5.. Hell if you want a plastic phone, might as well go with the GS4 cuz it’s better than the 5c in camera performance and features and screen size and micro SD card and removable battery.

    • Tobias9413

      I said this many times before and you just proved my point. Apple only made the 5C with plastic because it’s aiming that phone towards teenagers. They will think the colors look cool and it isn’t as easy to break and for parents $100 more for a phone may seem like a lot. I don’t like how people say that one bad thing about the iphone is that the screen is small. I think screen size is a preference in my opinion not something that gives one phone advantage over the other. My gf has a S4 and I don’t like the screen. I have big hands and long fingers (im 6 feet tall) but the screen makes the phone feel to bulky. I think that the screen size of the iphone 5 is perfect. A bit bigger, sure I don’t mind, but I don’t want a phone that barely fits in my pocket either. Might as well use an ipad mini.

      • bigtalk

        teen and women and kids and men who “relate with women”

      • Ted Forbes

        Lol!!!!

    • n0ahcruz3

      Apple should just stick with metal, plastic is not their forte. People are alot smarter nowadays with it comes to choosing smartphones.

      • Ted Forbes

        Well they did the 5c and its with plastic. Something intending for one thing workout for something else. In this case 5c worked out for the kids. I knew it would.

        If they made the 5c with a larger screen it would have sold differently.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Its not selling because its expensive for a year old hardware with cheap plastic shell and just $100 less than a 5s(thatcrashes alot,blue screen of death, with not so high end specs).

    • Ted Forbes

      True, but hell, its not an iPhone.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I hope Apple learns the lesson: most customers are NOT stupid. They can’t throw a year old hardware in a plastic shell and expect the people to go crazy to get it, when they can get the all new 5s for $100 more.

    • mabrick0s

      i don’t think they will. plenty of iSheep around to buy the 5s at the higher price since the 5c isn’t really even an option.

      on the other hand, perhaps it was in fact a brilliant ploy by Apple to gain more 5s sale by discontinuing the iPhone 5, which would’ve surely sold more units than the 5c at the same price point. they’re milking the cash cow for as much as they can, as the innovation glands at camp Apple have been running dry for the past few years. genius move, if you ask me!

    • n0ahcruz3

      I hope the 5c fails give apple a write off in order to not make the same mistake again. And besides they need to fail once in a awhile to rethink their strategy.

    • bigtalk

      nope apple ego is bigger than that big silly campus they are building..

    • Ted Forbes

      Is 5c a bad idea? Yes, there is no WOW to 5c. Something different would have helped, maybe something like a larger screen.

      Remember the sugar and water guy John Sculley the guy who fired Steve Jobs? Do you remember this guy?

      Well, lets hope Tim Cook don’t turn Apple into a fail company for the second time.

  • bw00ds

    Well, maybe the silver lining will be that these fire sales might increase the previously non-Apple owners into Apple owners.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Hahaha sweet! iFail 5c, atleast is not affected by blue screen of death, that would be embarassing lol

  • Oscar Nigma

    Oh sh*t, A fire sale… Call Bruce Willis and Justin Long.

  • ExRoot

    As I said on this site w weeks when someone basically accused me of exaggerating and or lying……When you walking in the Apple store here in the Baltimore area (Columbia) no one is at the table. I shopped for a watch last night and my ran in. It was busy. No one, NO ONE was at that table. Not even playing. It’s wired because the table is center stage. My son went over and started playing a game. He was their a minute then went to the 5s table to check out the finger print thing.

  • blastingbigairs

    I wonder if they would have just kept producing the metal (and much better build) iPhone 5, and just dropped it to $99 like they always do, if that would have sold much better???? YES!!!!!!!

  • blastingbigairs

    Well said sir. Bravo!

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Thanks :)

  • bigtalk

    sad ipone5C is a fail and we all know it… a repackaged iphone5 ???!!? really apple? lol