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  • Rumor: Sam's Club to Sell iPhone 4 for $147



    The holiday shopping season has not been spared from the red hot retail rumor mill in the least. On Monday, one of the biggest rumored iPhone sales in recent memory sprang up thanks to a "leaked internal memo" that supposedly originated from Sam's Club. According to the document, Apple's 16GB iPhone 4 will soon be available for $147 with a two-year AT&T contract. Similarly, the 8GB iPhone 3GS will be rolled out for just $47 with a two-year contract.

    Given Apple's aggressive push into the shelves of major retailers, it isn't a big shocker that the Cupertino-based tech giant would turn to Sam's Club as yet another viable outlet to carry the world's most popular smartphone. "We will be offering these devices at this outstanding Member value until Christmas Day," the memo reads. "Please reprint your flags and have a great sales weekend."

    With smartphones and tablets being among the most popular gifts this holiday season, retailers are massively slashing prices on many of the hottest would-be gifts through Christmas. This is a practice that has surprisingly included Apple's iPhone to an unprecedented extent. From now through December 25th, there is no shortage of opportunities to buy an iPhone at discounted prices. And if the Sam's Club deal actually manifests, it could very well be the best iPhone deal available anywhere this holiday season.

    Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: Sam's Club to Sell iPhone 4 for $147 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      The holiday shopping season has not be spared?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Not to shabby but I think radio shack still has had the best deal
    1. LamboFan's Avatar
      LamboFan -
      Very nice. Let me see if I didn't run out of membership long ago.. Haha
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by LamboFan View Post
      Very nice. Let me see if I didn't run out of membership long ago.. Haha
      I had a free 1 year membership. It expired in October
    1. locobans's Avatar
      locobans -
      Wish I didin't had to sign up a contract...
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      My guess is even though the price is only $147, they're still gonna tax you for the regular retail price of $399. That's why I got my 3G[S] at walmart. They tax for the displayed price of $199. (I've had a 3G[S] for a while now lol)
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
      My guess is even though the price is only $147, they're still gonna tax you for the regular retail price of $399. That's why I got my 3G[S] at walmart. They tax for the displayed price of $199. (I've had a 3G[S] for a while now lol)
      Can they do that? It doesn't sound legal to me, taxing on an amount other than sale price.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Technically yes. I bet its like a coupon or something.
      Let's say you go to walmart and get 100 dollars in misc. But you have a 20 dollar off coupon. They tax you on the 100 then subtract the 20.
      Either way your saving more money then if you went to apple
    1. sunshinejenn03's Avatar
      sunshinejenn03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      Can they do that? It doesn't sound legal to me, taxing on an amount other than sale price.
      Depends on the state, it's not store-regulated.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      Can they do that? It doesn't sound legal to me, taxing on an amount other than sale price.
      They can, I think almost every carrier does that, I know a couple of phones I've had from AT&T that I got a two year contract price for have been taxed on the full retail amount

      But this is a great deal
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      And what exactly is sam's club?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      And what exactly is sam's club?
      Sams club is like an oversized walmart. You can buy things in bulk there. I believe its a 30 dollar a month membership fee but the deals you can get there on just about anything is amazing.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      Sams club is like an oversized walmart. You can buy things in bulk there. I believe its a 30 dollar a month membership fee but the deals you can get there on just about anything is amazing.
      Like costco?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Sorta like costco. Not to that extent tho.
    1. Ice9812's Avatar
      Ice9812 -
      i live in scranton pa and i went to sams today and they said they didnt carry the iPhone.... so im out of luck
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ice9812 View Post
      i live in scranton pa and i went to sams today and they said they didnt carry the iPhone.... so im out of luck
      peep this link. i'm in mass and know of a local sams club, but they are not on this list. i went to samsclub.com and did a search for iphone and this popped up. NONE in my immediate area to even call.

      Apple iPhone 4
    1. KBI2113's Avatar
      KBI2113 -
      My mom gave me her companies old Sam's Club card, let's go shopping!
    1. mavrik101's Avatar
      mavrik101 -
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      Sams club is like an oversized walmart. You can buy things in bulk there. I believe its a 30 dollar a month membership fee but the deals you can get there on just about anything is amazing.
      Memberships start at $40 a YEAR.

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      Sorta like costco. Not to that extent tho
      Actually, almost exactly like Costco, but owned by Walmart. Same format, membership dues = lower prices, and bulk items.

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      Can they do that? It doesn't sound legal to me, taxing on an amount other than sale price.
      Though I don't agree with it, it is legal, and a law in some states.

      I worked at Sams Club for years doing cellular, and they did not charge the retail tax. I'm at Costco now, and they do charge the full retail tax. I had to Google it because no one at the store could tell me why Costco charged this tax. Apparently Costco charges this tax at all stores because it is required in some states, so they just made it universal.

      Also found out from a high up at Walmart that stores that dont charge the retail tax are just eating it.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      The best buy in Logan Utah was giving iPhone 3GS free with new contract a week or so ago.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      OF course this is not-so-great-news for those of us who have recently purchased an iphone 4 for more money!