Realistically, how much could I sell my 1st Gen iPhone for?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by xfusejc, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. xfusejc
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    It's used, but it has all the packaging (box, cables, CDs, or whatever else it brings, I have it). There are some light scratches on it but it's perfect otherwise.

    I was looking to sell it through CraigsList, but the prices I keep seeing are around the $300+ mark, which I don't think people would pay. Or maybe I'm wrong and people would pay that. I don't know.

    There are some pictures here as well. I would just like an estimate more or less. The last one is the little case I have it in, which won't change the price but which I'll throw in when I sell it. I can also unlock it if it's required (just details, not that I think it might alter the price; although, someone told me an unlocked phone sells better...)

    Just a figure. I kinda need to know what to ask for it.

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  2. Auzburner
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    Realistically speaking... The First Gen iPhone in my area is selling for about $199 locked. So you could do some things to it to increase value. (unlocking...) That's about it... Get about that much - $170+ I would call a good sale price.
     
  3. xfusejc
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    ^ Allright. So, $150 or under would be too little?
    I mean, I know I'm never gonna get the full price back (and I got the phone on opening weekend, so the price I paid was the full-on thing) but I'd still like to make something off it so I can buy the iPod Touch afterwards without having to pay as much money for it.
     
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    Try this... Look at finished bidding or Buy It Now Auctions on Ebay.com. By your judgement find the average selling price for a first gen, good condition iPhone and make an educated decision on how much you should ask. I looked around very briefly and determined around $175-$200 is a "happy" price. Look around and see what you find.

    Also, craigslist in your area...
     
  5. jordangs4
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    I'm in Atlanta, and I have two friends that have sold there 1st gen for $300 a piece. I'd recommend listing it for $300 or best offer. I sold mine for $350. Hope that helps.
     
  6. bluenoise
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    Search on eBay for similar listings that have ended. I did that before selling my WinMo phone so I had an idea what I might get for it.
     
  7. xfusejc
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    In comparison, would you say yours was in better condition or about the same as mine?

    Thanks for the replies, by the way.
     
  8. PNutts
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    The poster who suggested eBay/Craigslist wins! Prices fluctuate wildly depending on your location so it is difficult to suggest a local price.

    Like a house, list for what you want and sell for what you need.
     
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    sold my first gen last week on eBay for $370... it was unlocked and near perfect condtion! show pics of it unlocked on ebay and youll have no problem selling it, just remember paypal ONLY!!
     
  10. cubedweller
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    Sold mine a week and a half ago for $430 (including 15$ for shipping) on eBay. It was unlocked and jailbroken.
     
  11. Koodauw
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    I sold an unlocked 8GB on ebay for $377 last week. If you unlock it, and are willing to ship international, you can get a bit more. Good Luck.
     
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    I just got a 'buddy price' from a friend of $325 for an original 8gb (original as in, purchased on the day the iphone was released came out). It arrives on Tuesday.... cant wait!!!
     
  13. wrlsmarc
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    i just sold my this past week for $315 on ebay. used in good condition, still locked to at&t
     
  14. Aj2488
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    I sold my 1st gen. 8 GB locked for $300 in the Chicago suburbs. Shoot for $300 first then see what happens. Good luck!
     
  15. JLatte
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    I'm from San Diego, I advertised my iPhone as having been through much of eastern Europe in 5 weeks; it was dropped, dented, scuffed, and had 3 small scratches in the screen. Oh, and it was locked... and I didn't include any pictures! I advertised a price of $220 and got exactly that. If yours is in great condition, I would go for about $300-325 or best offer.

    By the way, despite my honesty of the condition of the phone, I still received over 10 emails from very interested buyers within an hour, 3 of which wanted to buy the phone immediately that day. I advertised on Craigslist. Good luck!
     
  16. mattyxxl
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    Ibook

    I was able to trade my to someone for an iBook G4 14in.
    So, the demand is still kinda high!
     
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    They are going for about $300.

    Also, you can probably get a decent iBook, or iMac G4 (or maybe even an iMac G5) out of it on Craigslist.
     
  18. xfusejc
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    Sold it for $300. In cash too. Thanks to Craigslist.

    iPod Touch, here we go :)
     
  19. c43amg
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    I'm interested in your iPhone. Could you please send me an email.
     
  20. TheRiseofTheFal
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    i sold mine unlocked on craigslist, no box, not original headphones, the dock, dent in the middle of the back, scuffs, and the old style USB cable for 325 bought myself a nice white 3G
     
  21. sangosimo
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    I am also in atlanta. Friend sold jail broken and ulocked iphone for 300
     
  22. murdoc158
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    Sold my 16GB locked (2.0.1) iPhone on eBay for $550 buy-it-now. The listing wasn't even up for 24 hours before it was sold. :D
     
  23. Opie
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    Just try and break even. Thats what i did. Sold my 16g original for 350. What it cost me for the upgrade.
     
  24. Auzburner
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    Nice, yeah it is not hard at all to make a lot off of the first gen. Just comparing with how much others are selling for and that's about all there is to it...
     
  25. dacreativeguy
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    For those who have sold their first gen iphone, what do you do about the sim card? I know that it can't be reused, so who provides the new sim? Should the seller or is it just accepted in the used phone buying community that when you buy a used phone you need to take it to the store and buy a new sim?

    I've only sold Sprint phones (no sims) so this is new to me.

    Thanks
     

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