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How to Get a (Slightly) Cheap(er) iPhone: Buy One Someone Else Returned

The long-rumored/wished for $99 iPhone has yet to arrive. But if you’re ready to buy a phone that supports iFart but don’t want to pay full price, you do have one option: Buy one that someone else decided not to keep after all.

Apple (AAPL) has quietly allowed some of its vendors to resell gently used iPhones for a while, but now Best Buy (BBY) is making it a standing policy. Reuters:

The electronics chain said the used iPhones, which were returned within 30 days of purchase, are priced at $149 for the model with 8 gigabytes of storage, while the 16-gigabyte version is $249. A two-year service contract with AT&T Inc. is required.

New iPhone 3Gs currently sell for $199 and $299 at Best Buy Mobile stores.”

AT&T (T) will also sell you a used iPhone at the same discount, though only online. But don’t bother looking for iPhone bargains at Apple’s online store: It’s one of the only products the company doesn’t offer in its bargain/refurbished section.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work