EBay/Craigslist or Apple Trade-in?

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  1. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

    jbachandouris

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    I am obviously looking to upgrade my iPhone 4 to a 4S. The screen and back have no scratches, but the antenna band has the scratches caused by the Apple bumper.

    Apple gives $200. If I sell it on eBay and get $300. By the time a pay the fees, I might make around $240. Craigslist, who knows.

    I do have some accessories to add: 3 screen protectors, Apple bumper(black), Otterbox Defender (new), Belkin FM Transmitter.

    So, since its not in 'mint' condition. Is the Apple deal the best deal for me?
     
  2. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    Ill probably just go to apple in Nov. Simple, and easy. Ebay issues are not worth 40-50$ more for me.
     
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    I don't know how you figure you'll lose $60 through eBay. I can see shipping and selling fees being no more than $15.

    The one annoyance is waiting for PayPal to release your funds.
     
  5. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    eBay is charging you $60 to sell something for $300? I doubt it is that high. Then again i havent sold anything that expensive in a while but that does sound high.
     
  6. WannaGoMac macrumors 65816

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    If you have an unlockable baseband, unlock and jailbreak it... value goes up nicely.
     
  7. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Nope. Upgraded to 5.0.

    eBay charges 9%, but I'm not sure how much Paypal charges. That's why I'm here asking advice.
     
  8. WannaGoMac macrumors 65816

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    That was silly. :) At least you should have done an upgrade using RedSn0w to preserve baseband
     
  9. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    I sold my 4 on eBay last week for 320. After fees (PayPal and eBay) and shipping I made 270. Less than I wanted but I needed to get rid of it.

    eBay fees are 9% depending on category or auction/buy it now. PayPal is generally 2.9% +$.30 for the transaction.
     
  10. labman macrumors 604

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    throw it on Craigslist for $300 or better yet $325 see what happens. meet them in a public place not in your home. Police station is my favorite place to meet.
     
  11. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    I would throw it on craigslist for a week. If that doesn't bite, head to Apple.
     
  12. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    See here: http://www.rolbe.com/ebay.htm

    About $40 in ebay & paypal fees if sold at $300. Adding a reserve price or setting the opening bid high may affect the listing fees slightly.

    Unless you're in a small town, I'd tend to go with craigslist rather than ebay. No risks of the buyer trying to scam you claiming the phone wasn't in the condition advertised. Meet indoors in a public place in daylight (coffee shop, fast food place, etc) and have a friend with you if you're nervous, cash only, and be prepared to walk away if you get someone who tries to renegotiate while sitting there. Also expect plenty of emails from lowballers looking for desperate sellers, just ignore them. I've bought and sold lots of stuff on CL and never a problem; but I don't meet outdoors or at night etc.

    The wholesalers (Gazelle etc.) are an option, but you pay for the convenience in a lower price.
     
  13. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Gazelle is not an option anymore $162. Apple trade-in $200.
     
  14. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately eBay's fees really suck. I listed my 16GB iPhone 4 with a reserve price. I ended up selling it for $306 plus $12 for shipping. My fees to eBay were $30.77 and PayPal kept $9.52 for a total of $40.29.
    eBay is probably the easiest way to do it but the fees make it almost not worth it.

    And whoever bought it from me used an eCheck or something, so it took a few extra days for the money to become available. Craigslist takes a little more effort but it's the way to go.
     
  15. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Since my phone is not in new/mint condition, eBay doesn't seem to be the way to go. I've looked and used phones aren't fetching that much, even with accessories. Maybe Apple trade-in is the best option this late in the game.
     
  16. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Even with fees I made more than Apple would give, or eBay would offer for the Instant Buy. If you want to make the most money Craigslist is the way to go. If you want to make a little less money and not deal with the hassle of CL then use eBay.
     
  17. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    In my area, there are too many of them out there. $350 ones are being ignored.

    eBay trade in is $227
     
  18. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, it's called Instant Sale. It's still there, just hover over Sell and it will be on the list.
     
  19. jbachandouris thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just found it. $227 is the highest for a 32GB according to the page. Calculated according to my condition: $175
     
  20. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Interesting, the prices have come down. Last week a like-new 16GB iPhone 4 was worth $260. Maybe for some reason eBay has realized that the secondary market for iPhone 4's isn't as good as they thought.
     
  21. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    I would go to apple instead than especially if they offer 200usd. while you would only get 175 on ebay
     
  22. iphoneclassic macrumors 6502

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    1) E-Bay, 2) Apple, 3)Gazell, 4)Local Electronics Store, 5) CL.

    Even though e-bay charges are high, it gives little protection for buyer and seller. I sold two for $340 and $325 day before IP4S launch.

    Apple Trade-In is always easiest option.

    Issue with CL, you have to deal with a stanger face-to-face. Where to meet? How do you make sure $$$s are not fake?? Not a good idea. My 2 cents.
     
  23. noodlelegs macrumors member

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    Final value fees for a $306 sales price for an iPhone would be around $17-18, not $30.77, since the iPhone is in the electronics category.
     
  24. Youngmoney23 macrumors newbie

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    IDK where you are all getting these high ebay/paypal fees. I sold my iPhone 4 16g for $350 and my total transfered to my bank account was $339.55.
     
  25. Amnesia87 macrumors 6502

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    How does the apple tradein work?

    It's for store credit right?
     

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