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Summary:

If you’re looking to buy an iPhone, now’s a good time: Best Buy is offering $100 off an iPhone 5c or an iPhone 5s for trading in your old smartphone.

iPhone 5c
photo: Apple

In its latest attempt to rustle up iPhone buyers, Best Buy is offering a new promotion, and it’s a good one: From October 13 – October 19, Best Buy will give you a guaranteed $100 credit for trading in your old smartphone, good towards the purchase of an iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s.

Best Buy currently offers the iPhone 5c for $99.99 and the iPhone 5s for $199.99 with a two-year contract. This promotion effectively renders the iPhone 5c free and the iPhone 5s $99.99. According to Best Buy, the offer is good for “any working smartphone” as long as it is “free from water damage and screen cracks.” If your old phone is determined to be worth more than $100, Best Buy will give you the difference in the form of a gift card.

Given the relative scarcity of the iPhone 5s, Best Buy will give you a rain check and honor the credit if the phone you want isn’t in stock. So if you’ve got a real dinosaur on your hands, it can pay off to trade it in.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to trade in an old iPhone, you should probably shop around. I found that places like Amazon and Gazelle are likely to give you more money than Best Buy.

This is Best Buy’s latest promotion to draw more iPhone buyers. Last month it offered a similar deal to clear out stock of the iPhone 5, and just last week it halved the price of the iPhone 5c from $99.99 to $50 (albeit for just a few days).

The new deal doesn’t fully start until Sunday, October 13 in Best Buy stores, but Best Buy Mobile stores started offering the iPhone 5c part of the promotion on October 10.

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  1. Reblogged this on And Then… and commented:
    I would have still bought the iPhone 4S (1 USD @ AT&T) verses the 5C. They are giving away the 5C, which is funny that the iPhone 4S is still 50 pence more than than the 5C. Oh, boy.

    1. Only USA stores , not Canada I understand

  2. Sanjay Kumar Negi Friday, October 11, 2013

    Well Apple iPhone is no more the first choice of users now.

    http://www.techgreet.com/

    1. LIES! I saw nothing in that link that supports your comment. LAME!

  3. No it’s true. My son traded in his Samsung Refresh yesterday for the 5c at our local Best Buy Mobile store and they gave him $100 for it. It works!

    1. which store did you go to?
      Samsung refresh is not even listed under their trade in center…

  4. Today morning i checked the store that had the Iphone 5S in stock and
    stopped at the store to check this and the associate in the store checked my smartphone and told that my device is NOT eligible for this promotion.I tried to trade my smartphone- HTC Aria [Model Number: HTC Liberty - no cracks, no water damages and fully functional].

    Contacted Best Buy Mobile customer care – and they say the device is eligible… contradicting info….

  5. freddy kruger Monday, October 14, 2013

    Good luck with the raincheck though…. Not offering them in MN. NO stores have the 5s

  6. No 5s in the sacramento area as well. I tried pre ordering the phone and the girls said they are not accepting preorder. Then went to bestbuy mobile they said they still honor it but I don’t like the color of the one they had. Main best buy stores don’t know shit about their promos, it’s better to go to their mobile stores you’ll get more questions answered,

  7. do they acherly give you an iphone 5s?????

  8. does it matter what smartphone

    1. It didn’t, but this promotion is no longer being offered.

  9. i like hated my old smartphone if i geted free free

  10. I want one so bad I never had one

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