Will the first iphone become a collectors item?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by kingc0bra, Dec 21, 2012.

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    kingc0bra

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    My gf still has her first iphone collecting dust, do you guys see this as becoming a collectors? I believe one day it may be since it is the first gen, im sure they didn't make as many back then as now...

    The screen is broken but I'm not going to replace that, just keep it original for now..

    What do you guys think?
     
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    Jessica Lares

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    The screen is broken, so no.

    It would have to be still sealed in its box, intact, and in mint condition to be worth something more than the used price on eBay. You'll be hanging on to it for 10 more years before people start wanting it too.
     
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    kingc0bra

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    Thanks, ill def be keeping it for a long time instead of selling it for $10-20...
     
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    Probably in a decade or so. iPods are definitely a collector's item because there's so many models and variants in the iPod family -- and iPods are a lot cheaper than other Apple products.

    But I could see iPhones being a collector's item once the premiums on their prices have dropped. My friend collects iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Apple peripherals which is pretty neat.
     
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    gkarris

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    You need to at least fix the screen an get it in working order. We collectors tend to not go for broken items, especially for something as common as an Apple iPhone.

    CIB (Complete In Box) would be worth more, but just the phone would appeal to someone who just "wants one - any one" for a reasonable price for their collection...
     
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    pagansoul

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    I use mine as a remote. I have the original, 3GS, 4 and the current 5. For some reason I can't make myself sell off the older models. I think I'm a closet horder, resell value doesn't even come up in my thinking.
     
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    I'm wondering going forward with all these items with internal batteries how it will effect collecting?

    Plugging in a old laptop is not too bad, but a phone or tablet seems different.

    The internal batteries will run out, but will they leak over time too?
     
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    MisterKeeks

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    Not anytime soon. The first iMac sold like hotcakes, and it is hardly regarded as a collector's item now (I got mine for free and $10). I think the same will happen to the iPhone.
     

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