If you weren’t able to get an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 Plus by pre-ordering, there are alternatives, but be prepared to pay -- a lot.
As the iPhone 6 Plus began selling out, opportunists flooded Ebay with a number of pre-orders for the 5.5-inch smartphone, with bidding on some listings reaching over $1,500 for the Apple phablet. That’s nearly a 60 percent markup over the $949 retail price for a contract-free 128GB iPhone 6 Plus.
If you can stomach that price, then you’ll have to also deal with the fact that Ebay sellers don’t actually have the iPhone 6 Plus in their possession, making this a riskier proposition since buyers will have to wait for sellers to receive the device before it gets shipped out again.
Another method available to buyers is Craigslist, which has several sellers offering their pre-orders for markups over $1,000. While this can be an easier method to get your hands on an iPhone 6 on launch day, the same caveats still apply.
If none of those seem like attractive choices, there’s always the option of camping outside of your local Apple Store or wireless carrier store overnight. Though keep in mind there’s no guarantee that the stores will have enough of your choice model iPhone 6 Plus.
Or consider sacrificing the larger screen, since the Apple store still has a number of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 models that are expected to be delivered on launch day.
The iPhone 6 goes on sale on Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. in Apple retail stores, wireless carriers and select retailers.