iPhone Value in the Future?

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  1. iPad Retina macrumors 6502a

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    Hi! Thinking about holding on to my iPhone 6 Plus for a long time. Like a investment almost. Is there a chance for a 6 Plus to go up in value, as a collectors phone? Comes with the box and all original accessories?
     
  2. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a

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    yes. <5 years: $400. >5 and <15years: $50 >50 years: $5000
     
  3. \-V-/ Suspended

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    Nobody is going to consider it a collector's phone. It will go down in value like every other phone ... but iPhones keep their value for a while.
     
  4. maxsix Suspended

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    Made in massive quantities by largely unskilled foreign workers, iPhones are only special to some of the emotional Apple Devotees that worship the logo. Yes iPhones are nice, but not as a valuable investment. It's just another phone.
     
  5. se1000 macrumors 6502

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    No.
     
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    Tell us how you really feel.
     
  7. mobywv macrumors newbie

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    it's a smartphone not freaking gold.
     
  8. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a

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    You don't know what will happen in the future. What if apple shuts down and everyone wants to collect an iphone 50 years from now?
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    We are discussing likely possibilities. Your scenario is possible but not plausible. These phones are ridiculously made produced. Most items that hold and gain value due so because they are either rare (as in few ever produced) or the Condiction they are in is rare (ie sealed).

    Even if Apple shuts down and the collectible market explodes, we are still talking about millions of this particular model of phone existing worldwide.

    I can see some very specific firmware (or some such) variant being a factor in value too, but I honestly don't expect a return on investment.
     
  10. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

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    The only one I can see become a collector item would be the first iPhone in its original box with the original release firmware. And any of the Apple high level executive's iPhones. i.e. Steve or Tim's iPhone with authentication. Especially Steve's.

    The standard production stuff? Doubtful.
     
  11. johngordon macrumors 65816

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    Its difficult to imagine one of the most mass produced pieces of consumer electronics ever becoming a collector's item!
     
  12. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    The only iPhone that is a collectors item is the original one. If you had one of those still unopened in the original box, it only goes up in value.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 12, 2016 ---
    What they said :)
     
  13. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    The only problem with that plan is that in 50 years $5000 will be the price of a hamburger.... :(
     
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Or sooner if they are making $15/hr :p
     
  15. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    Even if we leave out the millions of 6+ that were sold and to be sold still...you're talking about arguably the worst iPhone ever released in the last 4+ years, if not ever, in account of the 1gb RAM and how badly it performed with it.

    Good luck if you think someone will give you $$$ for yours.
     
  16. AronDraws macrumors regular

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    I saw the iPod Classic shoot up in price but because you can't get as much storage in an iPod anymore. As for iPhone, honestly only if it were new, sealed in box. I can't imagine it being worth much after a few years.
     

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