Phones How much does resale value matter to you?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Michael Goff, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    The question is simple: when you buy a phone, how much does the resale value factor into what you choose to buy?
  2. jamezr macrumors G4


    Aug 7, 2011
    It is in the equation for me. But it is further down the list of reasons to get a phone.
  3. Klyster, Jul 30, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2017

    Klyster macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2013
    Not much these days, I pass my phones on to the missus :)
  4. jeyf macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2009
    resale dosnt matter.
    Of late all the iPhones look the same mostly. I usually keep them till the os will not update which is a few years.

    i have an iPhone 5.0

    its not like my iPhone 5 has gotten significantly slower through the years. In fact it performs close to how it was the day i bought it.
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Same and then some. I have 3 kids who are now old enough to have, or even need them (with such active lives where mom and dad can’t always be with them) so my current phone will be one of kid’s when I upgrade. By the time they’re done with it, it won’t be worth much. ;)
  6. pixelatedscraps macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2017
    Hong Kong
    None at all. I usually pass my old phones on to a family member or a close friend in need.
  7. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2014
    sitting on a beach watching a DC simulation ...
    I almost always gift my devices, so no, resale is not a consideration except as a reflection of quality.
  8. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    Not at all. I haven't sold a phone in many years. I just keep them. Last phone I sold was a 3GS.
  9. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Zilch, I never sell old phones anymore. Occasionally I'll trade them in, but usually I end up keeping them as backup phones for giving them to family members who need one.
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Not at all. Past phones I've kept to be handed down to family members and/or held on to as backups (came in handy just a month ago - my wife killed her phone, so she's using our old iPhone 5C as a 'backup' phone until the next batch of phones come out,) or I've traded them in.
  11. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    It is an important factor when I 'initially' purchase a phone. But it doesn't govern the purchase, but does importantly and distinctly impact the timeframe of that purchase...

    I don't want to buy a phone at €900 only to have it be worth €450 only 3 months later. Therefore I do consider the prior resale history and market desirability of phones on launch and the price the phone launches at. If there is a big discrepancy, for example the LG G6 was and is €799 EU model RR and still is in places like high street retailer ARGOS, and only yet 12 weeks later Dual Sim version with 64gb Quad Dac can be purchased for €380 or less .... then I wouldn't want to purchase the G6 at 799 at launch, and would either look to get it around €450 (which I did) or wait for the asian model (trade off with warranty). Thereby I have safeguarded myself against the inevitable fall in resale value.

    So 'potential' resale value does factor into my purchase, and if you change phones as regularly as some of us do (like Jamezr and myself) then its just economical common sense to factor that into our purchase.

    This is not about deciding whether to buy the phone or not, but about how much we are willing to pay for that device at launch or whether to wait until we can get it cheaper and thereby protect from the resale value slump all devices have to greater or lesser extents.
  12. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Quite a bit! ...But in the end I never sell them, so I really shouldn't consider it. :p
  13. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    It does not matter at all to me.

    1. work phones
    2. i run them until they break or the battery wont hold charge then upgrade
  14. epicrayban macrumors 604


    Nov 7, 2014
    It really doesn't matter to me. I'll get whatever's best for when I'm using the phone, not for when I'm done with it.

    Higher resale value doesn't hurt, but like others have mentioned, these days, I pass my phone down to family or even to friends on the cheap to help them out.
  15. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    I personally never think about the resale value. It's a good thing to consider though.
  16. lazard macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2012
    none whatsoever. I make enough where it doesn't affect me whether the phone resales at $500 or $100.
  17. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Personally I'd love a "phone rental" service as I do love to switch phones (not as much as some of the others, mind :D) - would love to pay £50 to rent a phone for 2 months, then switch to the latest one.

    As a result, purchase value (I look for bargains) is crucial, and ultimately resale price plays a big part too - and timing. I wouldn't spend £1000 a year switching phones, that's too reckless for my situation. But don't mind losing out on say 25% of the phone's purchase price.
  18. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    God yes I've said it here myself - a phone rental service would save me a fortune over the course of a year. The ability to jump to new device when I wanted ... No need to sell or trade off old devices.
  19. lcs101 macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2010
    Another one who doesn't think about resale value at all. Just consider what I think will be the best phone for me.
  20. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    Means nothing, I just keep all of them so I wouldn't get money anyway
  21. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    I care less and less about resale value. Although I do find myself chortling gleefully at stupid savings, like saving $30 off a phone or something. That always strikes me as odd because I don't find that same glee with other items I spend money on. But the last few cycles of hardware I just look on swappa and see the average sold price and list it a bit under that for a quick, painless sale and move on.
  22. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    It doesn't matter to me, since I tend to keep my devices long after I'm finished with them. And in the case of my previous phone (iPhone 5), I kept it for so long that it wasn't worth much anyway by the time I got a new device.
  23. frankgrimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2016
    Doesn't matter to me since I'm giving the phone to people close to me or send it in for a new battery if I feel it's still good enough

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