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Why You May Have To Pay Extra Money To Shopkeepers To Buy iPhone 14 Pro In India

Even though the iPhone 14 Pro has been available in India for exactly a week now, it is still not possible to purchase one from MRP. In addition to the MRP, third-party retailers charge exorbitant prices. News18 Tech reached out to retailers across the country to inquire about the prices customers can expect to pay for the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. Now it’s clear that availability is marred in part by Apple’s supply issues causing it to ramp up production, but we believe the whole inventory shortage story is mainly made up to normalize retailers who charge “premium” ranging from Rs 10,000 up to Rs 22,000.

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Some retailers go to great lengths to sell officially allotted inventory at gray market prices. “Despite pre-booking my iPhone 14 Pro Max 256GB at a local store in Jaipur and paying Rs 10,000 as an advance, I did not receive my phone at launch as promised earlier. After waiting a few days, The shopkeeper demanded Rs 12,000 over MRP and wouldn’t let me use my HDFC credit card to avail the Rs 4,000 cashback, said Vidit Shekhawat, freelance photographer based in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Notably, some retailers also have an online presence on social media platforms such as Instagram. We’ve seen offers openly documenting that they demand premium prices.

We came across a listing from a Thane-based store owner saying “14 Pro Max Indian Unit Sealed Hard Cash Deal” asking for Rs 1.62,000 for the 128GB iPhone 14 Pro Max and Rs 1.72,000 for the 256GB iPhone 14 Pro Max in Dark Purple. This is about Rs 22,000 above the MRP. Similar sized retailers have been allocated inventory, but we’re seeing what may be a story of fabricated shortages.

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Retailers are openly demanding more than Rs 20,000. “Super Premium Price”

iPhone Pro models are roughly Rs 40,000 cheaper in markets like the US compared to India, so despite Apple charging significantly more from Indian consumers, the hype surrounding Apple’s Premium iPhone has not abated. There is no denying that retailers charge such premiums because customers easily pay for it without keeping an eye on them.

In addition, retailers not only import iPhones from other countries like the US and Dubai, they also evade taxes by selling the units for significantly more and “cash only”. People don’t understand this anomaly, but bringing in iPhones from abroad and then selling them here, in India, for more money is tax theft. Here are a few screenshots we obtained during a conversation with a retailer in Karol Bagh, New Delhi.” alt=”” width=”3000″ height=”3000″/>
A retailer asking Rs 1.23,000 for the US makes iPhone 14 Pro and Rs 1.45,000 for a used iPhone 14 Pro Max (Rs 5,000 more for a used phone).

Ashish, a Delhi-based retailer, said: “We are getting plenty of stock for the iPhone 14 Pro, but stocks for the iPhone 14 Pro Max from Apple are particularly scarce. However, we now have plenty of stock and expect to solve the availability issues for our customers. unload.”

All things considered, it’s safe to say that, as in the past, Apple failed to meet the requirements this time around. Apple has even asked Foxconn to increase production of iPhone 14 Pro by minimizing production of vanilla iPhones. Foxconn is said to have switched its production lines for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, Ming-Chi Kuo said.

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According to data from investment bank JP Morgan, as reported by IANS, the iPhone 14 Pro is in high demand, which has an average delivery time of 35 days and a delivery time of 41 days for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The extra features of the iPhone 14 Pro models are probably to blame.

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