Christmas iPhone 5S buyers: new or used?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JerTheGeek, Nov 23, 2014.

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Will you buy used or new 5s?

  1. I will buy/ already bought a used 5S

    7 vote(s)
    58.3%
  2. I will buy/ already bough a new 5S

    5 vote(s)
    41.7%
  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000

    JerTheGeek

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    I'm intersted in hearing which route everyone has gone or is planning to go when buying an iPhone 5s this Christmas: new or used?

    In case anyone wonders, I went the used route.
     
  2. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    I buy lots of stuff SH but for some reason I would never buy a SH phone!
     
  3. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    Why would anyone be buying a 5S for Christmas? It's so last year!
     
  4. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

    JerTheGeek

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    Some people like the 4 inch screen size.
     
  5. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    Buy new! Who knows what issues you'll get used.
     
  6. Ann P macrumors 68020

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  7. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    You'd buy my 5s. It's beautiful :)
     
  8. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    If you're buying a 5S for a Christmas gift, I would buy new. No one wants to receive a used item as a gift.
     
  9. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    Yeah buy new. It will seem a lot nicer to whoever you're giving it to. A used phone would be a little "meh" to some people.
     
  10. 100 macrumors member

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    If someone cannot appreciate a used phone as a gift; that person doesn't deserve the gift in the first place.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I don't think it's a matter of appreciation (for most). I think if I was spending money on a gift I would be somewhat worried of the item malfunctioning out of warranty, moreso than if I bought it for myself.

    That's not to say I wouldn't consider it. I would want at least some warranty on it, be that Apple care or just manufacturer. And in fact I might pay a bit more for a device with Apple care on it.

    used is also the best way to get phones with higher onboard storage.
     
  12. HarryWild macrumors 6502a

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    If it is for someone else buy "New"; if it is for yourself; buy "Use".

    Everybody seems follows this strategy! Look at all the EBay, Swappa, etc...

    Does anyone buy new iPhone for themselves?

    Just for laughes! This post is.
     
  13. allthatjazz macrumors regular

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    Nope, no one buys a new iphone for themselves, ever. :rolleyes:

    Dumb logic.
     
  14. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    I'm sorry, but no. I would never give a used item as a gift, and would not like to receive one. Whether it be a used DVD or a used MacBook Pro, you don't give previously used items as gifts.

    The item will show signs of wear, so the person receiving it can't keep it in pristine shape, you don't have any idea the potential issues with the item (why they are selling it in the first place), you will be responsible for any issues since likely there would be no warranty or proof of purchase, and it takes away from the excitement of unboxing and opening a brand new gift.
     
  15. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    I bought a second-hand 4S when home-button issues were all the rage. Resulted in a shiny new device because of warranty :p

    What if you're not 10 years old anymore? My parents both have well-kept second hand iPhones, and they don't seem to mind. The spirit of Christmas is not always about spending as much money as possible :)
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    If I'm looking for an older generation phone, then I'll buy used. Makes more sense to me to pay less for last year's technology then paying the premium for it being new. That's just me.
     
  17. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    With the chance of activation lock being on when you buy a used iPhone, I would just buy new.
     
  18. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You can always ask the seller for IMEID and use Apple's tool online to see if it is unlocked. And you can ask the seller if it is iCloud locked, and if it is, but they said it wasn't, you can get your money back no questions asked because of Ebay buyer protection.

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    I agree! I decided on getting the 5s because I prefer that size, and since it is available at a great discount used, why not search for one in pristine condition and save? It makes the most sense for someone who wants to save.

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    Just to clear things up, when I said Christmas I was mainly thinking of buying it for yourself; since it's Christmas I figured a lot of people would be buying iPhones, new or used.
     
  19. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    Neither am I, our family only gives one small gift to each other. It's about spending time with family. I'm simply stating my opinion here, and I'm sure many others agree, opening a present to find a used item definitely takes away from the experience.

    I'd rather buy a small gift that the person would enjoy on Christmas, and not use that time to give someone a used phone.
     
  20. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    True. You go on eBay, get the info, and shows clear. What stops the person from locking it just as they ship it or shipping a different phone?

    Also, look up on this site of all the people who got an iPhone/iPad from eBay and the activate lock was on. All the hassles they go through, time wasted, and aggravation. To me, that's. It worth saving a few bucks.
     
  21. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    I think it all comes down to need or luxury. If it's something you genuinely need, like a new phone because your old one is simply too old or too battered, then I wouldn't hesitate buying a used one if available resources require so. Like, if someone's phone breaks during the summer, what then? I'm just largely against the current spirit of Christmas, allocating a whole year's worth of resources to that single day to "surprise" people.

    But if you're giving your child their first iPod Touch, by all means make it presentable and new, and not some used 3rd generation model you got for cheap. :p
     
  22. HarryWild macrumors 6502a

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    Totally agree with you! I like the idea of saving about 1/3 to 1/2 on my smartphones. That adds up to great savings if you switch every year or two! The 2 year and 3rd have less depreciation on them to percentage wise.

    Many people have various smartphones to use and switch off every week or so. I have four smartphones already and will buy a 5S when the 6S is release. Reason: I have a ton of 5S new case/covers to use up! LOL!
     
  23. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. You can also get a warranty as well.
     

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