Posted September 23, 2018 06:00:00 Austin, Texas — You can still buy iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones in the U.S. for the same price online, but that’s not the case for most cities.
That’s because Apple, Google, Amazon and Samsung are the dominant brands in the smartphone market.
While Apple and Google have been dominating the smartphone industry, Amazon is also a major player in the consumer electronics market.
That makes it even more important for local businesses to buy iPhones in bulk from local Apple and Samsung stores to reduce their costs.
“Apple has made the iPhone and iPad more affordable for consumers by introducing more affordable devices like the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6,” Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez said.
“This has helped reduce the cost of purchasing iPhones, and it’s been a big boon for Austin businesses.”
The Austin Chamber of Commerce estimates the iPhone sales have declined by $1.2 billion since the launch of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone SE.
That means the Austin Chamber expects to sell more than 8.5 million iPhones in 2018.
However, it’s unclear how many local businesses will be able to compete with Apple and the companies.
For local businesses, the biggest obstacle is competition from online retailers.
That is, if Apple is still selling iPhones for more than double the cost from Apple’s stores, how can they compete with online retailers?
“There are so many companies in the market now, it can be hard to compete,” said Mike Belskus, president of Belsus Electronics.
“We don’t want to be competing with them on a shoestring.”
To be able get iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones for as low as $99, Austin Chamber Vice President Michael J. Taylor said local businesses have to keep the iPhone price competitive with online sellers.
“If you want to keep going, you have to have a low-price option,” Taylor said.
The Chamber of Austin expects to start selling the iPhone in 2018 in a handful of Austin-area stores.
That includes local Apple Stores.
If the Austin City Code requires the store to have an Apple Store sign, the Austin store will be required to have one.
The Austin Chamber also said it will start selling Samsung phones in 2019.
If Samsung wants to sell smartphones, it has to have Austin-based Samsung Stores and the Austin-Austin Chamber of Dental Association must be part of the agreement.