How much would sealed launch day iPhone 2G 4GB be worth?

jarron

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I have a brand new factory sealed iPhone 2G, 4GB and i've been sitting on it for years. How much money would you say it is worth nowadays?
 

silverblack

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If I were you, I'd wait for another 10 years and sell it as a museum collectable item. The battery may not work though.
 

Small White Car

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Yeah, at this point you'll mostly get people who want to use it but don't care about modern technology.

Hold on to that sucker another 20 years! Then it'll actually be worth something.
 

wrinkster22

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Jun 11, 2011
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a sealed iPhone could go up in a while. I disagree with the previous poster. The 4gb is rare thus worth more than the 8gb
 

ansabakhan

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if you dont want to take chance and not hold it for 10 years or so ...
sell it on ebay and have a reserve price of $700-$800 or what ever u want ..

but i would suggest list it as collector item ...
 

sclawis300

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depends on how many are out there, and if anyone actually wants it. Something is only worth what another person is willing to pay. Maybe see if you can find something Apple that is sealed for sale from 15-20 years ago and use that as a gauge for a few more years down the road.
 

FreakinEurekan

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did a quick search on ebay, found one that sold for $899 but it was an 8GB.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-NIB-Factory-Sealed-Apple-iPhone-2G-1st-Generation-/330624361636
Here's an 8GB that didn't even get a single bid at $550:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FACTORY-PLA...G-8GB-1st-Gen-NIB-/160643938482#ht_500wt_1413

It's a crap-shoot. Like others have indicated, it's probably not nearly old enough to be a "Collectable" yet. Personally I doubt you'll ever get your money out of it if you account for inflation, so I'd just unload it for whatever you can get.
 

cyks

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Yeah, at this point you'll mostly get people who want to use it but don't care about modern technology.

Hold on to that sucker another 20 years! Then it'll actually be worth something.
Except that, even with a new battery, it probably wouldn't be usable then.... as the pile of old analog phones shows.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
depends on how many are out there, and if anyone actually wants it. Something is only worth what another person is willing to pay. Maybe see if you can find something Apple that is sealed for sale from 15-20 years ago and use that as a gauge for a few more years down the road.
I dont know why people think it will be a collectible.
Its not going to be rare, there's millions of them out there. Probably will be unusable cause the battery will have died inside etc....
You want to invest and hold on to something for 10-15 years try something different like real estate or precious metals.
 

0dev

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Stick it up with a reserve. I've seen first gen 4GB iPhones go for about £100 but they were far from sealed, so I dunno, you could be lucky.

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All the iPods sold on ebay for thousands of dollars prove you wrong. iPhones are already selling for 1000+.
I got a third gen iPod for about £15, but again that's not exactly sealed. I honestly can't see it making THAT much of a difference though.
 

trajen

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I'll give you $50 and show you a good time. ;)
 

ET iPhone Home

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Oct 5, 2011
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Just curious. Won't the battery corrode? I say this, because I had a very old cell phone when LCD's were black and white (non-color) back then, stored in the garage for years and forgot all about it. I recently found it and when I popped open the battery, it was all rusty and corroded.
 

vitzr

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Since it's the same form factor as a 3 it's got very little value. It's nice to think it's worth a lot, but given the fact it's a mass produced phone I wouldn't count on much.

Sadly there's nothing special about it.
 

trajen

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thatoneguy82 said:
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I'll give you $50 and show you a good time. ;)
Or you can just give me yours. It can be my Xmas present!
What happened to your first offer? Haha
I'll show you a good time as well!
 
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