Post updated October 24th, 2017 at 07:26 pm
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may have just been available in Malaysia last Friday, but it looks like you can already purchase the devices for less than their retail prices.
The new iPhones have two storage options for each model (64GB and 256GB), with the iPhone 8 priced at RM3,649 and RM4,399, while the iPhone 8 Plus is sold at RM4,149 and RM4,899 respectively. With the huge amount of import sets available, it can be tempting to opt for them as they are priced a lot less than the Malaysian RRP. But, with iPhones not covered by international warranty (unlike the Mac and iPad), it may be too risky even if it is more affordable.
That said, you can already find a few sellers offering Malaysian sets of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. However most of them are still selling them at RRP, except for Lazada, which is offering the iPhone 8 64GB at RM3,549 and the 256GB option at RM4,299.
As for the iPhone 8 Plus, Lazada is also offering the lowest-priced Malaysia sets at RM4,049 for the 64GB model and RM4,799 for 256GB. It is a straight RM100 discount across the board, which interestingly enough, is the lowest discount we’ve found for the new iPhones.
We did also find a spectacular listing for the iPhone 8 Plus 256GB for just RM4,199 (RM700 off RRP!). This seller is also offering the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB for the same price, while the iPhone 8 64GB as well as the iPhone 8 256GB are both sold at the same RM3,688 price.
Even though it comes from a reputable seller, the choice of words in the listings (as well as in the Q&A) does make us suspect that they are import sets. Nevertheless, with a 7-day easy returns policy, you might be able to return the unit for a full refund if it isn’t a Malaysian retail set. It is still a risk, of course.
On Shopee, you can also find a reputable seller offering the iPhone 8 Plus 256GB at RM4,799. There are other listings on this platform that offer the new iPhones for less, but they are either imported sets or from individual sellers.
The discounts aren’t as high – we can expect slightly lower prices in the coming weeks as the year comes to an end, but if you need a new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus right now…at least you know you can save RM100.