Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available at a decent discount in refurbished condition

Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available at a decent discount in refurbished condition
While it’s definitely getting harder and harder to justify iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus purchases at their full retail prices of $599 and up, there’s exactly a zero chance that Apple will be overwhelmed by the gift-giving spirit anytime soon.

Even Target is only gearing up to offer free $150 gift cards with activations of 2018 iPhones on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint for Black Friday, but you can actually save some cash right now by buying the 8 or 8 Plus unlocked... and certified refurbished.

The two thick-bezeled, fingerprint-scanning devices are the latest additions to Apple’s official refurbished program in the US, starting at $499. That’s not exactly an earth-shattering discount for 64GB iPhone 8 variants available in gold, silver, and space gray color options, but it’s certainly better than nothing.

Specifically, it’s $100, or 16 percent, off list price, and refurbs sold directly by Apple online include the same 1-year warranty as unused, untouched “iGadgets.” Technically, these are of course pre-owned units, but at first glance, it’s going to be virtually impossible to notice that. 

You get a brand new battery, a new outer shell, and even a new white box, not to mention Apple’s solemn promise of 100 percent proper functionality. The refurbished iPhone 8 Plus is similarly sold at a $100 discount, fetching $599 instead of $699 with 64GB storage space and an assortment of available paint jobs.

Unfortunately, no 256GB configurations are up for grabs with any sort of a markdown... yet. Keep in mind supply is limited (sometimes, very limited for freshly added items), and yes, there’s a good chance official iPhone X refurbs are now coming soon as well.

Related phones

iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1821 mAh(14h talk time)
iPhone 8 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2691 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. Nobias23

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Swappa is better

2. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yes and no. Better deals yes but at least with this, you have the same one year warranty for sure from Apple, which isn't guaranteed with Swappa.

6. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Apple warned customers that models of its iPhone 8 “contain logic boards with a manufacturing defect. Affected devices may experience unexpected restarts, a frozen screen, or won’t turn on.”. That's was at the end of September 2018. You can check it out on some other sites as well. Forbes and a number of other reliable sites. Also the iPhone 8 with a tiny HD display these days is so not worth that refurbished price of $500. There are much better deals out there with better displays and even more storage and ram. There is only 2 GB of RAM on an iPhone 8. Even it's wireless is slower.

3. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I was wondering when they would add the refurbished models for the 8 series. Not bad at all. I wish I knew this was coming, as I would have strongly considered trying one again.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The 4.7” 8 has been my daily since January this year. Such a great phone, at a great size, and looks like it may be the last one handed iPhone.

5. tangbunna

Posts: 462; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

keep your money for food is better deal.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

King of Bezel edition!

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