Make Money with Pre-Orders
If you search "iphone 5s" on eBay, you will see there are already over 100 different listings where people are selling the new iPhone as a pre-order. Take a look at the completed listings, and you'll see they are selling for anywhere from $800-1500 a piece. Some of these sellers are people who own shops and are authorized distributors, so they will get their inventory direct from Apple. However, those who are not authorized distributors are still able to make money. These people will sell a handful of pre-order iPhones, then go wait in line on release day at their local Apple store and buy however many they already sold. They will then ship the iPhones to their customers, and keep the profits.
If you have a brand new eBay account, they require you to ship your items, and won't deposit your money into your PayPal account until 3 days after the delivery is confirmed, so you may not want to do this.
Stand in Line for Others
In desperate need of cash? You can make some easy money by camping out in line outside of your local Apple store. Now, there are two ways to approach this method. The first way would be to post ads on Craigslist saying you are willing to camp out and be one of the first 50 people in line to get the new iPhone for $200, or however much you want to charge. You would be surprised at the amount of people willing to pay hundreds of dollars to be among the first to get the new iPhone.
Alternately, you can just go camp out in line without first making a deal with with anyone. Once you've secured your spot in line, take a picture of where you are in line and post it on Craigslist and sell your spot. Of course, the closer to the front of the line you are, the more people will be willing to pay you for your spot.
Don't think these ideas would work? An unemployed 24 year old got paid $1500 to camp out in line for someone else for the release of the iPhone 5 last year. You can read the story here.
Calling all Amazon Associates!
Start getting your Amazon stores set up! Not only can you earn commissions for referring the sales of the iPhones themselves, but you can also cash in on the purchase of countless accessories..cases, screen protectors, chargers, iHomes, headphones, etc.
The e-Commerce Route
If you want to earn more than a few percent in Amazon commissions, why not set up an iPhone accessory dropshipping website where you can supply all the accessories a new iPhone owner will need!
Or, if you would rather be in control of the inventory, create an e-commerce website and sell your accessories that way. If you're not design savy, consider opening up an Etsy shop where unique phone cases are allowed to be sold, and sell quite well! Don't know where to get your inventory? AliExpress or eBay are great places to start.
Wow. Long post. :rolleyes: There are other ways to cash in on the release of the new iPhone, but I'll keep it short and post just a few. Now go take action!