Fix glass before selling...or no?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by skiz, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. skiz macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2013
    I have an iPhone 6S, white, 128GB, unlocked, (currently on AT&T if that matters). The rest of the phone is in excellent/new-ish condition. Is it worth paying Apple $140 to replace the screen before selling it? Or should I sell as-is? In other words, will I recoup that $140 if I fix it?

    This is all generally speaking of course.
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Who knows?

    But speaking as a buyer, I would stay away from phones with a cracked screen. I will never know if there will be further problems down the road since the phone was dropped and had a hard impact.
  3. Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
  4. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 65816

    Suckfest 9001

    May 31, 2015
    Yes. People simply won't buy a phone with a smashed screen. You'll lose a lot more than 140 dollars on that sale if you try to sell it with the screen as-is.
  5. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    Who? Go look at eBay and swappa and see the hundreds of completed listings.

    I used to buy tons of them for parts and rebuild the phone. Thousands of people buy them.
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    True but on swappa the screen cannot be cracked in order to sell a device.
    Unless you're selling it in the boneyard section and you will get way less money for it with a broken screen.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Try there is a huge market for broken iPhones. Have you seen the aftermarket for parts for iPhones? Broken iPhones can go for as much is $200 for parts alone. There are loads of broken iPhones on eBay for sale for parts that people use to repair their iPhones or mix and match all the time. It's not unusual.
  8. skiz thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2013
    If the price is right, why not? Just replace the glass.
  9. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Of course as a buyer I'd like to know that the screen cracked so I'm aware that it had at least one good impact before I bought it. I'd be pretty unhappy if I bought a phone and the seller hid the fact it had been broken and repaired.

    If it was going to cost me $140 to repair it, I'd probably pay a bit more than that to have it already repaired and save me the trouble.

    I'd say get it repaired and include the details of where the glass came from and anything you can include to indicate lack of damage internally. If I know you didn't use poor quality materials and everything else is just fine, you'd recover the cost from me based on the convenience alone. If it were sold cracked, I'd tend to steer clear, I think. Too much uncertainty and future hassle.
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    Of course, not repairing it saves you the hassle, and it sounds like you can get something for it just as parts...
  10. skiz thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 4, 2013
    I have an appt at Apple to have it replaced. I called three different repair places and they were as much or more to replace it. Going with Apple allows me to say it was replaced by them which I hope is worth something.

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