How can eBay's Instant Sale possibly be offering $125 for my old 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mstrze, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I sold back my wife's 3G this past spring to buy her the iPhone 4 and we got $138. I thought when I sold mine after I got my 4S that I would be lucky to get $40 due to the cheapness of the 3GS and the lower price of the 4, but offer of $125 was made, and accepted by me. I printed the FedEx label and the phone will be on its way tomorrow.

    How can a refurbisher possibly offer $125 for a 3yo iPhone??? Especially when brand new, faster models are going for less? Where are they selling them to be able to make a profit? Any thoughts?

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  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Overseas, I presume. Considering that the iPhone 4S retails for $649, the 4 retails for $549, the 3GS retails for $449 - there is a lot of room under that for a cheaper alternative.
  3. mstrze thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I thought the price for the 3GS was down to $49?
  4. Fusion79 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Omaha, NE

    With contract it is free. Out of contract price is still high.
  5. shanmugam macrumors 68020


    Sep 24, 2008
    Blazer town!
  6. mstrze thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
  7. whiskeyvol macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2011
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    the instant sale crap is crap. I tried it with my i4 - they originally offered me $360, and when they received & evaluated it, they said the following:

    "Item is in used cosmetic condition: Scratches or blemishes to its exterior can be readily seen without close inspection.
    The exterior housing of the unit has sustained mild, normal wear."

    the phone is just over a month old, and was in a skin & case since day one. needless to say, I declined their new offer of $275. I'll just jailbreak & unlock when I get it back, and sell it on eBay or craigslist
  8. Fusion79 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    iPhone resale prices are awsome. I get a new iphone every year and by selling my old one I basically get the new one at the "upgrade" price.

    On Instant Sale Right Now (up to depending on condition)

    iPhone 2G 16GB - $65
    3G 16GB- $164
    3GS 16GB- $162 (dont know why the 3G has a higher offer than the 3GS)
    4 16GB - $207

    Compare to
    EVO 4G - $70
    Atrix 4G - $150
    Samsung Captivate - $97.50
    Nexus S - $72.28

    I don't use instant sale, I do craigslist and can get much more then these prices. But the comparison applies.
  9. mstrze thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I use instant sale to avoid the crap of having to deal with unscrupulous folks on CL or eBay. Selling electronics there is fraught with danger and the extra money I could get in that way is not worth it. I look at it as paying a little premium for ease of transaction. To each his or her own.

    And my previous transactions with this site have been terrific and worry-free. Maybe whiskeyvol, you judged the condition of your iPhone 4 too generously?
  10. jjlannoo Suspended

    Oct 8, 2011

    I sell on Craigslist often, People are extra polite when they come into your house and Your wearing a sidearm.
  11. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009
    I sold my 36 iPhone on Craigslist for about $160 last month, but it was unlocked and 16 gig

    iPhones tend to have a good resale value
  12. Irock619 macrumors 68000


    Sep 16, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    I sold mine to a worthy customer on eBay for $170 :D
  13. tcphoto macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    Madison, GA
    I picked up a 4S on the 14th and immediately put my 3G 8GB on ebay. I started the bidding at $50 and a buy it now price of $125, a boy can dream can't he? Anyway, three hours later it was bought for $125 and I was ecstatic!
  14. mstrze thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Guess you should have put in a higher buy-it-now price. :/
  15. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    This is most likely a regional arbitrage, I sold my 3gs a few months ago in germany for 275 euro, about 400$ today. That market has higher AFTER TAX (VAT) pricing so they are more willing to pay what is a higher DOLLAR price
  16. jalpert macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2008
    I would never meet a craigslister in my house for an iPhone. I usually like to meet people outside of Best Buy. That way when they are late I can kill a few minutes easier.

  17. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    They offered me $227 for my iphone 4 32gb. in perfect like new condition lol.
  18. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    yeah, you gotta get a jump on new releases. I sold my iphone 4 16GB for 325$ on monday of the announcement, had 10 days to deliver it in the mail.
  19. pasipple macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    I considered selling my iPhone 4 as an Instant Sale on eBay until I read a lot of stories on the web about low balling the agreed price once the iPhone was received by the Instant Sale Buyer. I can't remember the name of the Electronics firm buying up all the iPhones but they don't have a very good reputation.

    There was no way I was going to chance selling my iP4 at $270 (that's what I was offered) and then risk receiving a $200 offer once I shipped it out.

    I listed and sold my 16 month old iP4 for $300 in five minutes on eBay.
  20. gsampson85 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
    Good luck using Instant Scam, oops, I mean Instant Sale. I was offered $357 for my like new iPhone 4... After they received it, they said the phone was in excellent condition, everything was functioning, but the OS wasn't up to their standards... WHAT!? So they offered me... $35. Yes... $35.

    I'm now waiting for them to ship it back. It's been a week and I haven't received a shipping confirmation.

    I'm not the only person with issues. Just Google "Instant Sale Scam" to read other's trouble with this program.
  21. nealric macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2009
    If I showed up at someone's house and they were wearing a side arm, I would leave immediately without completing the sale.
  22. tonydi macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    Yeah, I would definitely caution anyone thinking of using Instant Sale to think twice about other options.

    I sent in my PRISTINE 3GS with everything originally included and when AllTech Wholesale got it they claimed it was "in used cosmetic condition: Scratches or blemishes to its exterior can be readily seen without close inspection. The exterior housing of the unit has sustained mild, normal wear." Except my phone was perfect, not even ONE mark, scratch, blemish, ding or even a spec of dust!

    AllTech's CSR insisted that no matter how much I complained, they would NEVER review my case and live up to the original offer. She said it in such a way as to make me believe this was a normal "technique" of theirs.

    All efforts to get a supervisor from AllTech to call me back have been useless. Ditto for anyone from eBay, apparently they just don't want to discuss this situation. I've been to eBay hdqtrs and nobody will come out to talk to me, they just hide behind their voicemail. I showed the phone to the eBay security guards and they even used the word SCAM when they saw the condition.

    I guess if it looks like a scam, walks like a scam, talks like a scam and smells like a scam....
  23. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    I can say, I have used them twice now. I found them when the ipad 2 came out and I wanted to sell my excellent ipad 1 32GB for fast cash. The ebay instantsale site had the best rate - and this was a few days prior to the ipad 2 announcement. I think I got 425$ or something for the ipad 1 32gd. NQA, paypal payment, no emails about condition, nothing.

    this time, I did the same with GF iphone 4. 32GB, excellent condition, no scratches, always in case, ios 4. got a 325$ offer and now have 325$ in the paypal account.

    Not sure why some would say they get screwed or 35$, that just doesn't make sense. Come on, 35$?

    A broken phone is worth more than 35$
  24. Jason black macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    I don't really care about the market but when I sell my 4s 64g, I'm selling it for $500 bucks.

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