Wholesale Apple iPhones - Buyers Sourcing Guide

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Great thread, @mdsltd ! Thanks for the insight.

I'm exploring opportunities in Russia and there are several dynamics in play. Demand is huge, but that's partially driven by the fact that the Russian carriers bailed on the Apple subsidy model, so legitimate non-gray market units can only be purchased through Svyaznoy and a few others. Customs, however, is the real beast! Apparently, you need to be an authorized dealer/distributor (which has to be documented) to ship to/import into Russia - period! Have you encountered this as an authorized distributor and have you had any dealings with Russia? We'd like to start sourcing Apple, Samsung, Nokia, etc., but are still working or way through the customs process.

Best!

Unfortunately Russia is a very difficult country to import into. There are no official iPhone wholesalers therefore the paperwork required wouldnt be available. The request we receive are for companies requesting delivery to one of the nordic countries they then tend to smuggle the goods into Russia. As a legitiamte company we dont have anything to do with these sort of deals or the people that are behind them! I cant help further Im afraid as we dont have any delaing with Russian buyers. Good luck!
 
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Unfortunately Russia is a very difficult country to import into. There are no official iPhone wholesalers therefore the paperwork required wouldnt be available. The request we receive are for companies requesting delivery to one of the nordic countries they then tend to smuggle the goods into Russia. As a legitiamte company we dont have anything to do with these sort of deals or the people that are behind them! I cant help further Im afraid as we dont have any delaing with Russian buyers. Good luck!

Thanks for the reply @mdsltd ! "Very difficult" is an understatement, but I just learned that there are now 4 new distributors in Russia for Apple. However, it's still extremely complicated, as the Russian authorities do just about everything to ensure non-legitimate sourcing continues so that they can get their "cut" of the action. Thanks for the reply and insight. All the best!
 
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Re: Wholesale Apple Iphones Buyers Guide

OK i read many posts about Iphone price and wholesellers and so on. So i decidet to call in one of Iphone factory in China( Yes original Apple Iphones are "made" in Original factory in Original China - not all parts of Iphone - Designed in California, Slave-Produced in China).
I called them and in really long conversation they told me real price of Apple Iphones without taxes,fees just if you buy all parts and you link Iphone together :)
Contacted person(A.R) said: "The 16GB iPhone 3GS only costs the company three percent more to make than last year's model, with a bill of materials totalling $172.46 plus $6.50 in manufacturing costs."
But unfortunately they can't sell iphones by "factory price" and they couldn't tell me where can i find real biggest chinese warehouse/wholeseller where are phones located before they send them into USA. There Apple define price even for further wholesellers which is 500US$-600US$ or higher...

So prices of Iphones are really low if you find legit wholeseller/warehouse with factory prices from China...
If anybody find them please let me know :)
Even you can find the warehouse, you cannot get them because it must be authorized to export Apple products. Just a kind reminder.
 
Nice, I'm one of Russian's market customer, and here to research opportunities to import apple products...
But for me is more interesting refurbished products, course as right mentioned above, we have only some importers here, and most successful of them, it's true, Svyaznoy. I got my new iphone 5s 64Gb from certified mobile provider Beeline, Svyaznoy was cheaper for $25 at the same time, and with difference about $100 in comparison with "grey" market. But "grey" market full of scammers as well. These is really deadly battle between biggest local gsm and retailers companies, and to cut a piece of cake on this market you must use HUGE amount of money to get simbiosis with local authorities, as Svyaznoy did. You can do anything here if you have money and authorities friends. It is deadly game, so far from here. :)
So, I think it would be interesting refurbished Apple's products as "second" line. Demand, as mentioned too, truly, HUGE!
If you have any offer, questions I will be glad to keep eyes on it. I think most preferred here would be models of iphone 4; 4s; maybe 5, with any available Gbs on board.
And I have friends from India, GOA, they asked me to send them couple of iPhones 3GS too.
 
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Updated....
 

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Very informative post and thanks for updating it.

I knew that there was less margin on new phones, but I always thought that there might be some better deals on iPhone re-selling. Oh well, atleast it's been cleared up now.

But I also found that used iPhones have a slightly better margin compared to used Galaxy devices.
 
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Hello there,

I'm from Portugal and i'm looking for some wholesaler wich i could trust in.. I've contacted different wholesalers that i just found in internet and prices are so low plus some data doesn't make sense after a search. With that said i can't made such a blind purchase like that, so i'm looking here for some help. Please can you send me contacts of genuine wholesalers or let me know your email and i contact you as soon as possible. I'm looking for Iphone 6 prices...

Than you so much
Filipe
 
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Trouble is members of the general public expect Mercedes prices for ford money! Ultimately apple products carry a premium as supply outstrips demand & this doesn't really vary much except for end of life stock. Regardless the original post is still bulletproof information, read & digest!
 
Every time i want to purchase something i make sure i have enough information about it, so i read you post before i made my contacts. So are you telling for iphone 6 doesn't worth it make a wholesale? I'm from Portugal and i think first price will be higer here, Iphone 6 16gb will be 555£.
 
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Every time i want to purchase something i make sure i have enough information about it, so i read you post before i made my contacts. So are you telling for iphone 6 doesn't worth it make a wholesale? I'm from Portugal and i think first price will be higer here, Iphone 6 16gb will be 555£.

As is consistent with newly released apple stock the 16GB handset is currently trading at around $1000 each which tells it's own story!
 
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But at apple store UK price announced is 539£ wich is about 868$. I'm compare only prices of online apple store

Unfortunately this conversation happens whenever there's a new apple handset! Your clearing not getting the point here - Read the thread again then read it again digesting the detailed points you should realise the prices are high because it's a new apple release, ppl will pay any price to get that stock oh & I reiterate supply outstrips demand & regardless of what the apple store says (the same apple store that allows you 2 phones delivered in a month!) if you want delivery day phones in bulk your going to pay $1000 per 16GB handset! Now we can be here all day but that's the fact! Anyway I'm now off to watch Everton. Good luck with your quest!
 
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