iPhone 5S for $315? bad eBay deal?

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  1. adamvk macrumors 65816

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    So I had my old close to mint iPhone 5S 32GB AT&T on eBay, and it just ended. The issue is that it ended for $315. Which I feel like is SUPER low. Looking at completed auctions on eBay, broken 5Ss or just regular 5s went for about that much. Does this seem super low? The buyer already paid and everything, but I'm just upset it went for so low.

    Any reason why it went so low?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/161426467748?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    locked phones do sell for less than unlocked, and unlocked could of got closer to $400, I think $350 would of been fair for a locked one
     
  3. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    My best guess is that it's because you only have a seller rating of 17. Sellers who have made many sales (over 100) and maintained 99.5% or greater approval tend to be able to command higher prices, because they are perceived as more trustworthy. In fact, the only times I have been duped were when buying from sellers with very low seller rating numbers.

    It could also simply be the time that the auction ended at; chance is a factor as there may just not have been bidders online at that time.
     
  4. mbhforum macrumors 6502a

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    iPhone 5S for $315? bad eBay deal?

    I got $420 for my 32gb 5s silver verizon on eBay 2 weeks ago. Gazelle was offering $305, so $315 definitely is low.

    My seller rating is a perfect 100% at 134 total feedback.
     
  5. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    Fair price for a locked phone. It would be 350-400 if it was unlocked.
     
  6. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay, thanks for the feedback everyone! I suppose I've learned my lesson.

    1) I need to get more eBay feedback

    2) I should have unlocked it first.

    3) I should have had a better end time.

    Now I know for next time. :)
     
  7. Ramio macrumors 6502a

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    Just sold my 5s 16gb att white for $350 and my unlocked att black 5s 16gb for $390. Both were sold on Craigslist. One yesterday and one today. I used to sell a lot on eBay and unfortunately, it happens sometimes. It could be your feedback but maybe not. It could be there were too many auctions ending and yours was not seen. I feel you bro. It sucked when it happened to me. Better luck next time.
     
  8. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    iPhone 5S prices on eBay also seem to vary wildly. Over the past few days, ones in similar condition to OP's have sold for less than $300 to well over $400 for a 32GB AT&T 5S in good condition. In the below eBay search for sold listings, I've tried to replicate OP's own listing as closely as possible (flawless but locked AT&T 5S's in Space Gray).

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odk...racked+-issues+-damaged+-unlocked&_sacat=9355
     
  9. Court tonic macrumors member

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    Wow that seems low. I got $450 for a Verizon 5S 32gb off craigslist, and with ebay you also have to pay there fees.
     
  10. Squilly macrumors 68020

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    That is low. I recently (two-three weeks ago) sold my iPhone 5S 16gb on Sprint via Swappa for $330.
     
  11. zeeyo987 macrumors regular

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    I'm selling my iPhone 5s 64gb verizon for 450 and can't get a single bite....
     
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  13. accountforit macrumors 6502a

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    You ran it in open auction and took the risk. This happens. This is why people shop on ebay; to get great deals. You were just on the other end this time around.
     
  14. rrm74001 macrumors regular

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    The market is saturated right now. Everyone is selling their old iPhones now that the iPhone 6 has been released. Supply and demand my friend :).

    I am in the same boat. I am not getting many views on eBay for my Verizon (unlocked) iPhone 5 in near-perfect condition. I did "But It Now" though to make sure I get what I want for it.
     
  15. themyst macrumors 6502

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    I'm surprised you did not unlock the 5S before sale, especially considering AT&T being quite liberal with their policy.
     
  16. Snot Rox macrumors 6502

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    My 5s 32GB Gold unlocked just sold for $450

    I just set it up as buy it now only listing
     
  17. GoSh4rks macrumors 6502

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    It's because your opening bid was at $300. I'm not kidding.
     
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  19. cngrevolution macrumors member

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    Got $400 for my 32g iPhone 5s version on eBay but I have over 300 feedback 100% positive. #
     
  20. joonyaboy macrumors regular

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    eBay can be fickle. Lots of variables and factors.

    I've sold the same thing at twice the price before. Just different circumstances.
     
  21. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Not if locked as in the OP's case (or even if unlocked at this time as the market is saturated). It's best to wait 8-9 weeks after the unveiling of the new iPhone to sell.
     
  22. iphone5att64 macrumors 6502

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    People that want 64GB don't buy used. They can afford new ones.
     
  23. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I agree. It's best to list at $00.99 and place a reserve price $50 below the average sold price.
     
  24. Starflyer, Sep 25, 2014
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    Moderator note: This is a post by user StarShot. Due to an error by MacRumors it is shown with the wrong username. Our apologies.

    My 2 cents (not in any order). First, I sold my IP5S 32gb for $390 about a week before this year's road show on eBay. It's the lowest sale I had from the string on the 3G, 3GS, IP4, 4S, IP5 and the 5S. All the other sales were from $425-$495. From a casual look at eBay about a week before my sale, the prices seemed to be around $450. So, IMHO...

    Most sales offer free shipping (mine did)

    Closing time, good. However, I think 6PM PT is better, allows west coasters to get home and get in on the action.

    Low eBay sales record might have been a factor (mine is around 200 with 100% positive.)

    I don't click on the option for eBay's garbage item data. No one reads this crap and it's better to have your details close to the top, rather than have to screen down to read. I see an ad with this crap and I skip it.

    Although iOS8 was not out yet, I wouldn't have loaded it if it was. Let the new buyer do it if he wants.

    I go with an ad NO longer than 3 days and I've done 1 day ads also. No one is going to hang around for 7 days when there is fast action every day on hundreds of these sales.

    I started my ad at $250 to get some interest. I think anything higher makes buyers look elsewhere. I would even go lower, but then I would want a "reserve" price which I think also discourages buyers when they see the "dread" Reserve Price not met. I was prepared to suck it up if my phone actually sold for only $250, but I was almost 100% sure it would go higher, which it did in the last hour.

    Yes, an unlocked phone would be better, but unless you're going to do an illegal one, you might have to wait until the end of the contract. At least that's what ATT told me.
     
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