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Apple Starts Selling Refurbished iPhones in Canada

Apple Starts Selling Refurbished iPhones in Canada

By Simon Hung

Apple has (finally) added iPhones to their official Certified Refurbished Store in Canada, giving Canadians a new option to purchase iPhones directly from Apple.

This is the first time Apple has ever offered refurbished iPhones in Canada – refurbished iPhones have been available in Apple's US Certified Refurbished Store since 2016, but the Canadian store has only offered refurbished Apple TVs, iPads, iPods and Macs.

This is the first time Apple has offered refurbished iPhones in their Canadian store.

Apple's Certified Refurbished Store is one of the more popular places to find deals on Apple products in Canada, as Apple's refurbishment process is widely considered one of the best in the tech industry. All Apple refurbished products are sold in like-new condition and backed by a one-year warranty – the only notable difference between new and refurbished products is the packaging, as refurbished products are packaged in a plain white box.

As of September 20, refurbished iPhone XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are available with savings of up to $560.00 off regular price, but you can expect more recent models like the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro to trickle into the store in the future. All refurbished models come with a new outer shell and battery, along with new accessories and manuals you'd find with a brand new iPhone.

Refurbished iPhones are packaged in a plain white box instead of regular packaging.

The addition of iPhones to the Canadian Certified Refurbished Store is recent, as a snapshot of the store from September 17 shows no iPhone category. Nonetheless, it's a welcome addition for Canadian shoppers looking for refurbished iPhone deals, as purchasing directly from Apple is a more reassuring option than third-party sellers.

39 Comments

    • Very interesting, thanks!
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    • Too bad they don't have iPhone SE. I need the home button
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    • Thanks, OP - good to know. But pricing is lousy.
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    • First reaction: Oooooo!! (In the market to buy)
      Second reaction: Ohh... (looking at prices)
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    • At this price may as well buy new I got my iPhone 11 64gb brand new for 240.00 with freedom. Have to be with a 2 yr term tho.
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    • What are those XS max prices jeez
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    • New battery and shell are a plus. Too costly though.
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    • Too bad there are only XS and 11s. Wouldn't mind saving a bit more on a 12 by buying Apple refurbished.
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    • Even if the prices are bad it's a step in the right direction. That said, I buy used off ebay lol.
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    • sassysue wrote: At this price may as well buy new I got my iPhone 11 64gb brand new for 240.00 with freedom. Have to be with a 2 yr term tho.
      That's not even comparable. Aside from being locked down for 2 years, Freedom is not for everyone.
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    • TomRFD wrote: Too bad there are only XS and 11s. Wouldn't mind saving a bit more on a 12 by buying Apple refurbished.
      Keep checking, selection will change.
      whoa-albert wrote: That's not even comparable. Aside from being locked down for 2 years, Freedom is not for everyone.
      We talking about phones or politics? ;)
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    • Too expensive!! I will keep my iPhone 8 thx :D
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    • Thanks OP, bought one for my mom who was eyeing a new 11 last week.
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    • Finally! I've been waiting for this for a long time. It's so much easier to purchase official refurb than attempt to buy used on kijiji and the likes.
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    • Am I the only one finding that the prices are not that bad? It looks like it's in the same ball park as Best Buy Open Box, even a little cheaper?

      EDIT : plus it comes with a NEW battery and a NEW outer shell.

      I just wish the iPhone 12 would be for sale too!
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    • It'll be interesting to see if Rakuten would apply 2% on refurb iPhones. Here's to hoping!
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    • Is the screen also new? Says the the shell is new.
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    • Expensive but step in the right direction! Bring back the watches!
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    • hi_me_again wrote: Is the screen also new? Says the the shell is new.
      If there is something wrong with the screen, I would assume it would be replaced. Otherwise, probably not.
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    • hi_me_again wrote: Is the screen also new? Says the the shell is new.
      No, just the laminated glass.
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    • I've purchased refurb Mac, iPad and they've been like new. I would expect phone would be in the same condition. Good option vs buying used.
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    • I’m still on the iPhone 6s. Must resist!
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    • hi_me_again wrote: Is the screen also new? Says the the shell is new.
      These refurbs from apple are pretty much mint with no signs of wear.
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    • |Naruto| wrote: I’m still on the iPhone 6s. Must resist!
      This would be a real, material upgrade for you.
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    • Prices are steep. In December I bought a lightly used XS 256 GB for $550 off Craigslist (used, I know, but bear with me), which was about the going rate.

      So that’s $550 for the normally $1149 USD model, 27 months after release.

      Meaning similar 11 Pro 256 Gb models should be around $550 this December on the used market (they’re about $800 now). $1059+tax here from the refurbished store.

      If you’re not averse to a used model it’s a big difference

      I’d say for the 11 non-Pro models these refurbs are a much better deal though
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    • |Naruto| wrote: I’m still on the iPhone 6s. Must resist!
      Maybe its time to cave? 😂
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    • |Naruto| wrote: I’m still on the iPhone 6s. Must resist!
      Family member holding out on 6s due to headphone jack. Tempted to buy 11 for them.
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    • I really wanted to get a 13 but don't want to give up touchID (and also jailbreak for the carbridge app) so I will keep my iphone 8 for another year I suppose.
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    • |Naruto| wrote: I’m still on the iPhone 6s. Must resist!
      I'm still on the iPhone 6 non-S.
      Resist until Black Friday or buy now?
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    • Tempted to grab and pass on my 128gb XR to the wife.
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    • tomadams wrote: I really wanted to get a 13 but don't want to give up touchID (and also jailbreak for the carbridge app) so I will keep my iphone 8 for another year I suppose.
      I'm on the 8 right now and I still think it works great. Also love the form factor and worry the newer models, even the Mini, have that slightly uncomfortable outer edge.

      What tempts me the most to upgrade though is honestly just the Product Red aesthetic. Didn't have that issue before because a lot of them looked salmony/orangey/neon (outside of SE2), but the 13 looks good... gah.
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    • Waiting until iPhone 14 until I upgrade from my iPhone 8.
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    • whoa-albert wrote: That's not even comparable. Aside from being locked down for 2 years, Freedom is not for everyone.
      Thats the thing, Freedom is not for everyone!
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    • urover wrote: Family member holding out on 6s due to headphone jack. Tempted to buy 11 for them.
      Headphone Jack is still desirable? No wires is the way to go.
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    • RedStrikeCa wrote: Too bad they don't have iPhone SE. I need the home button
      Tbh I thought the same. I went from an 8 to a 12 pm a few mo the back. Only took a day to adapt. Now I love it
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    • bobbings wrote: Headphone Jack is still desirable? No wires is the way to go.
      For convenience, yes. Sound quality, wired is still better than bluetooth. Saying that, I bet someone made a quad dac bluetooth adapter. Still use my lg g7 for the sound
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    • Oh man, this is really bad.... But this is expected from Apple...
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    • If you're in the market got a new phone but dont' want to deal with Kijiji/Ebay.
      I think this is a great option.
      Apple's refurbished items are like new - I bought a few items in the past and they work perfect (no scratches/no dents)
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