1 month from now will an S5 or a 5s have more resale value.

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  1. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    I recently switched to Verizon and picked up a Verizon S5 on a 2 year contract for $99. My thought process was that if the iPhone 6 is a killer I'd be able to sell it for more, make a small profit and then buy the iPhone 6. That said the quirks of the S5 are bugging me and I'm thinking about going back and picking up an iPhone 5s for the same price (even exchange). If I get the 5s and then want to turn around and resell in order to get the iPhone 6 in a month, which phone will have the higher resale value, the current galaxy s5 or the (then) 1 year old iPhone 5s?

    I know it's a flawed way of thinking. But I'm basically already in the camp of thinking the iPhone 6 will be my next device so I'm trying to maximize my possible profit.

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  2. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    The iPhone 5S. It already has a higher resale Value than the S5.
     
  3. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    The 5S is still going for around $400, and that's for a fair condition one.
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    If it doesn't cost you anything to switch to a 5S now - then there will be much of a muchness when the iPhone 6 is out resale value.

    IF however it costs you any additional $ to go from the S5 to 5S I would simply wait till the iPhone 6 is out.
     
  5. rockitdog thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'd have to pay a $35 restock fee.
     
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    35 bucks isn't much, I'd go for it.
     
  7. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yep ..... It's not a big amount so it should be alright.
     
  8. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    Willing to bet you will need to pay for the month service prorated on that line regardless. I did with the Nokia Icon when I returned it.
     
  9. rockitdog thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't know what you mean. I'm not cancelling my new line of service, just switching devices which they give you 14 days to do.
     
  10. jamezr macrumors G4

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    I would think that as the new IP6 is released the IP5s will be cost less and less. Especially from used phone sites such as Swappa and or CL.

    You might see some carriers start to go as low as $99 or free with 2 year contracts.
     
  11. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    But they'll still sell for more than Galaxy S5 in the secondary market. Like 'em or not, iPhones hold their resale value better than any other phone.
     
  12. jamezr macrumors G4

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    Agreed! :) For the most part phones always drop in price or go on sale when the next generation model is released or about to be released.
    I picked up a AT&T IP5s on CL for $350 a couple weeks ago.
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Generally speaking, and in my own experience, an iPhone held a greater resale value than my Android phone. A year old Android phone fetched me $100 and that seemed like a struggle. My 2 year old iPhone fetched me $300, netting a bit less after shipping.

    Even if there are ways to get an iPhone 5 (for example) for under $400, I doubt that Galaxy is going to fetch that amount. I could be wrong.
     
  14. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    Something to think about, you could probably get a Moto G and use that until the iPhone 6 comes out, this way when the next iPhone comes out you could still get it at the contract price($200), instead of having to she'll out another $300-$400 after you sell the 5S.
     
  15. rockitdog thread starter macrumors 68020

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    IDK if VZW would reset my eligibility for a device though.
     
  16. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    iPhone without doubt.

    Isn't the S5 already cheaper to buy than a 15GB 5S?
     
  17. rockitdog thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I sold my at&t S5 for $480 about 2 weeks ago. I have a hard time believing a 5s will fetch that much once the 6 comes out.
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Maybe not $480, and I certainly wasn't arguing pricing, however, try and sell the Samsung that was bought and sold at the same time after a new one comes out. See if you clear what the iPhone clears.
     
  19. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    any combination of you buying a phone, selling it, and then buying an iphone 6 (out of contract) will not yield a profit. you're better off waiting for the iphone 6 to launch and just buy that on contract.
     
  20. rockitdog thread starter macrumors 68020

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    LOL, I love guys like you who don't read all of the posts in a thread and then want to badly to get your opinion out there you neglect the basic points in the story. :rolleyes:
     
  21. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    you starting a thread and asking a question is asking for opinions. i read all the posts, and i gave my input. don't assume i didn't read the thread.
     
  22. kilcher macrumors 65816

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    If you're that worried about making an extra $100 on buying and reselling cell phones maybe you should put some serious thought into your career choice.
     
  23. rockitdog thread starter macrumors 68020

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    At what point did I ever make it sound like getting an iPhone 6 on contract was even a possibility? Pretty sure I clearly said that I just joined Verizon in the last week so getting an iPhone 6 on contract isn't an option.

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    LOL, hilarious... another one. :cool:
     
  24. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

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    You didn't, but it's sort of hard to believe this switch couldn't wait another 3-4 weeks for the IP6 to be released.
     

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