Apple has introduced a new buyback scheme for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Available across select offline retail channels, users can trade-in their old smartphone and get anywhere between Rs 9,000 to Rs 25,000 off on a brand new iPhone 6s, 6s Plus. After the buyback discount, one can get the 16GB base variant iPhones 6s between Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. Also Read - Common marketing gimmicks that brands should avoid to exploit consumersAlso Read - Apple MacBook Pro users report different issues with the SD card reader
The trade-in discount is applicable on select smartphone brands such as Samsung, Sony, Nokia, LG, HTC and Google Nexus. We personally visited some retail outlets such as Maple, Croma and Reliance Digital to find out more about the buyback offer. Let s go through all the deals available for the customers. Also Read - Apple in tussle with Russian govt over App Store payment options
Maple: We first visited the Maple store on Saturday, where the executive wasn t fully aware of the buyback scheme, but asked us to call back the next day for more details. Today, when we called up the store, they informed us about the detailed buyback offer. To begin with, customers will have to personally visit the store and give their smartphone for evaluation. The executive at Maple will check for scratches, dents or any signs tampering which voids the warranty.
Depending on whether your smartphone is under or out of warranty, and its condition, the executive will offer you a quote, which can be anywhere between Rs 9,000 to Rs 25,000. It also depends on which smartphone you are trading in. For instance, you can fetch the maximum amount on Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Galaxy Note 5.
However, there is one small catch Maple is still selling the new iPhones at its original launch price which starts at Rs 62,000 for 16GB variant and goes all the way up to Rs 92,000 for 128GB variant of the iPhone 6s Plus. So, even if you get Rs 25,000 off, the base variant will set you back for Rs 37,000.
Reliance Digital: Our next stop was Reliance Digital. The buyback offer and procedure are similar to Maple, the executive will look at the condition of your device and then provide a quote. We got a quote of Rs 27,000 for the Galaxy S6 32GB variant, with three months of warranty still left, and Rs 16,000 for out of warranty HTC One M8, which is in a good condition.
At Reliance Digital, the iPhone 6s is priced at Rs 54,990, Rs 64,990 and Rs 74,990 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variant, respectively, whereas the iPhone 6s Plus is priced at Rs 64,990, Rs 73,990 and Rs 84,990 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variant, respectively. So, with Rs 27,000 discount on the Galaxy S6, the iPhone 6s 16GB variant could set you back by Rs 27,990.
Croma: While Croma doesn t offer Apple s official buyback scheme, it does have some trade-in discounts of its own. Depending on your smartphone s brand, condition and age, the store executive will let you know about the buyback value. While the trade-in offer is not applicable on all smartphones, we also found their quote to be less than the competition. We got a quote of Rs 21,500 for the Galaxy S6 and Rs 12,000 for the HTC One M8.
E-commerce retailers: E-commerce site Flipkart is offering its own buyback offer on the iPhone 6s with discounts up to Rs 20,000. Whether you have an entry level smartphone or a high-end one, you can get anywhere between Rs 2,500 to Rs 20,000, depending on the brand and model. Smartphones such as Samsung s Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5 and iPhone 6 Plus could fetch you the maximum buyback value of Rs 20,000. Flipkart is selling the 16GB base variant of iPhone 6s for Rs 45,499 and with maximum cashback of Rs 20,000, you could get it for Rs 25,499, whereas the 64GB variant will cost you Rs 34,999 after discount. We couldn t find any offer on the iPhone 6s 128GB variant or iPhone 6s Plus though.
Similarly, Paytm is also running some cashback offer where customers can get up to Rs 5,000 as cashback on buying the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Who should go for the buyback program and where to get it from?
Here’s the tricky part, and one needs to read between the lines. Do remember, when any such offer is introduced, the term up to is most important here. The total discount that companies offer depends on the type of smartphone you have, its age and condition. For those who are comfortable buying online can head over to Flipkart. Upon selecting the buyback option, you will get a drop-down list of brands and models, selecting which respective discount will be applied and modified cost will be displayed.
For those who aren t comfortable shopping online can head over to Reliance Digital outlets as they have good buyback discount and lower pricing as compared to Maple stores.
It is also important to note that the buyback offer is only better if you have a high-end device such as Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6, where you can get maximum trade-in value. However, for smartphones like LG G Flex, OnePlus 2, Sony Xperia Z3 and Nexus 5 among others, you would not get the best deal.