Does the Original Box Add Significant Value?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cuechick, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular


    May 30, 2010
    So Cal
    I have a first Generation iPhone I am planning to sell, now that I have finally updated to an IP5. I hung on to the original box but after looking every where, realize it must be in my storage unit. This unit is not near by, about 40 minutes each way.
    Does the box add enough value to make it worth going to get? (There is also the chance I actually threw it out during a moment of packing stress)

    It will probably cost me about $15 in gas... :rolleyes:

  2. macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2012
    My personal opinion is forget about the box. Places like Best Buy and Target don't need it though. I think the charger alone adds $5 to what you get from them.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2012
    Ebayers appreciate the box. But it's not a deal breaker if you don't have it.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    I like to keep my boxes so I have a good amount of apple boxes, always get the same amount as people selling with boxes
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010

    i would say yes, because anyone buying an original iphone now would be a collector,who will want the original box for future value. not someone who plans to use it. will you get more money for it? maybe not much more right now. I'm sure you will get some, maybe your 15 bucks back for gas. but yours will sell over one who does not have the original box.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular


    May 30, 2010
    So Cal
    My plan is to sell it on ebay... I saw one with all the original packing go for over 300.00!

    Most go for around 50.00 but some around 100.00. Mine is in very good condition...

    My storage unit is near my parents home, so maybe I will just wait till the next time I go over there...

    Probably good to check in on the unit anyway and I probably have some stuff I could put in it. :eek:


    Good point, maybe I should wait a bit, may be worth more even in another year or 2!
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    I have the original box for my 4S, and inside is everything it came with, stickers manuals, cables, headphones, still wrapped in the factory wrap.

    I had plenty of extra cables, headphones and chargers, so I didn't need to use the ones it came with.

    Do I think it adds a lot of value? Not necessarily. It will make my phone more demanded, though, simply because it has the original box and all accessories factory wrapped...which could hike the price up a bit, depending on how I sell it. (if I sell it)
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    For eBay and Craigslist it definitely does. Adds to the illusion that the product is really "NEW-ish."
  9. macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2011
    Stoney Creek, ON
    Want to sell it yet? :D
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2010
    the burrows
    I'd assume anyone who wants an old iPhone and is going to pay good money is going to want the box.

    I know when I sold my 4 and my 4s to amazon, the box and cables upped the "value" significantly.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2012
    For eBay and Craigslist it definitely does and collectors love boxes ! :D:apple:
  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    do people buy just the boxes? or not because the box #s wont match phone?
  13. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    The condition of the iPhone is most important, but the box comes in a close second. A collector is looking for the whole experience and the box is definitely part of the character of the device -- especially since Apple became famous for their packaging.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    I traded my iPhone 4 into Best Buy when upgrading. I only had the phone on me and was offered $150 so I took the trade. I would have to $12 more if I had included the USB cord and Charger, but felt those were worth keeping for that $12.

    When I got home, I realized I still had the box so I looked it up on eBay and people were selling iPhone 4 boxes for $15-$30 so I put mine up for BIN $25 and someone bought it in less than two days.

    So yes, they do have value, but if you sell everything as a set on eBay, you'll be able to fetch more as you have a complete set. It may be hit or miss depending on the current used market though.


    The person who bought mine on eBay said he bought his son a used iPhone 4 for christmas and wanted an original box to put it in to surprise him. So yes, there is some value to some.

    Interesting story, however, I listed a friend's iPhone 4 box on eBay after selling mine and eBay rejected my listing saying I was listing against their policy as people may misunderstand me selling just a box and expect the iPhone as well. I haven't since tried to list again due to possible account suspension. It is odd because I only listed after seeing completed sales of the exact same thing and after successfully selling my own the week prior.
  15. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I wouldn't worry about it.
  16. thread starter macrumors regular


    May 30, 2010
    So Cal
    I still haven't gotten over to my storage unit to look for the box!
  17. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Here in Silicon Valley, you can walk into any of the many surplus electronics "junk yards" and find many "first generation" something. I suppose 20 years from now you can get some serious money for it.

    Right now, box not worth it, u'll selling it to an hobbyist, not a collector.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    This is sort of silly but I still have an old Amiga 1000 computer and the original box it came in.

    For some people that's a big deal if they are a fanatic about the product.

    I usually keep the boxes for the products for a while just in case I decide to sell down the road.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
  20. macrumors 68020

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    Call me weird, but I will not buy it if no box...
  21. macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Many pay more if the box is clean and smells nice.
  22. macrumors 68040

    Jul 2, 2012

  23. thread starter macrumors regular


    May 30, 2010
    So Cal
    Well, I finally made it over there and it took me all of 15 seconds to find it. I actually impressed myself with how organized my unit is. Sometimes it pays to be a bit obsessive/compulsive ;)!

    Box is in pristine condition and I even have the original iPhone bag! That's got be worth something...


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