Is buying a used iPhone worth it?

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  1. SweetApples macrumors member

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    Hello, I've been looking for a while to buy an iPhone 6s Plus and I have been debating on whether or not I want to buy it off Swappa used or the Apple store new. So many people have suggested buying it off Swappa, but I have my concerns on how long the phone will last compared to a new iPhone bought in the Apple store. A new iPhone will have a brand new battery and I'm scared that if I buy this iPhone off of Swappa, someone will sell me a phone that dies super fast or something.

    Would you...

    1.) Buy a pre owned iPhone 6s Plus 64 GB from Swappa for around $500

    or

    2.) Buy a brand new iPhone 6s Plus 32 GB for about $700 after taxes

    Since it's an Iphone, does my concerns on the life of the phone even matter? Overall, I just want to get a good value for my money since I've been saving up for it for a while.

    Thanks for your suggestions!
     
  2. wacky4alanis macrumors 6502

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    Other than cosmetic stuff, the only part than normally degrades over time is the battery. I've found that after 2-3 years, the aging batteries tend to cause the phone to shut off prematurely. It doesn't make the phone unusable, but it can be annoying. But the batteries are also relatively cheap to replace. Apple charges like $79. Other repair places can be quite a bit cheaper.
     
  3. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    I personally wouldn't ever buy a used iPhone. I've seen what happens to my iPhones after 1-2 years of normal use and it's not pretty.. and I'm a person that "takes care" of their phone. So many people abuse their phones.
     
  4. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    Agree.
     
  5. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816

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    I bought mine with 12 charge cycles on it and I've never had an issue. I also take care of mine, as well. I think it's hard to mess up a battery in only 12 cycles.
     
  6. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    I've seen it personally, so beware of 'touch diseases' on the 6 series.
     
  7. veedubshafer macrumors 6502

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    If it was half the price of new or less then I say go for it. If not I'd rather pay full price and have the 1 year warranty which with Apple products is a great warranty to have. You could also buy a 6s Plus 16gb at Walmart.com for $499 and save $150 while still having the 1 year Apple warranty as well.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You can save some good money buying used.
    I say go for it.
    Use a credit card and buy from reputable sources.
     
  9. xaqt93 macrumors 6502

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  10. ag29 macrumors 6502

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    I've had some good experiences buying used phones. Last one i bought came in excellent condition and looked as if it was never used.

    Why not just buy a new 6s plus on swappa? It'd still be cheaper than at the Apple Store
     
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Swappa is definitely the way to go for used phones. Try and look for one that comes with AC+ and have the owner transfer it to your name.
     
  12. SweetApples thread starter macrumors member

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    So, so far most people are saying no and that I should get a new one from Swappa or the apple store
     
  13. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    Only if you can get it with some remaining warranty or AppleCare+ included. And of course if you get a great price.
     
  14. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    If swappa gives you an indication of the cosmetic condition (average, good, excellent) I may consider it, otherwise new.
     
  15. sdwaltz macrumors 6502

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    As long as it appears to be in good shape and is not iCloud locked, yes.

    I've had more used iPhones than new and they've all been good for me.
     
  16. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I don't mind buying a used item as long as I thoroughly test and inspect it in person (Craigslist). Price is a big factor and how long I plan on keeping it.

    Online though. No, with the exception of a place this site.
     
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  18. SweetApples thread starter macrumors member

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    I really don't like the iPhone 7, I like the 6s better
     
  19. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502a

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    O ok I love the new home button and the new colors just my opinion tho, also the 7 is gonna be worth more if you go to resale to get the 8 or whatever they call it next year and it's suppose to be an all new redesign.
     
  20. RIPstevejobs macrumors regular

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    i guess its "worth it" if you are trying to scam the seller.

    otherwise, would never.
     
  21. hellopupy macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't buy used for something like a smartphone, the risks are too high in my opinion.

    But I have bought the Apple router, keyboard, and magic mouse used and didn't regret a thing.
     
  22. tekjunkie macrumors 6502

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    Both are bad deals. Either buy a new iPhone 7 32GB or a new iPhone 6s 32GB. I wouldn't buy used even though I've never had a problem. I always inspected it and met the other party at the carrier store in question so then they could check it out.
     
  23. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    If it's in good condition, not iCloud locked, is the device you want and is a good price, why not. Just don't go for anything too old or it's useful life will be less.

    I've never bought used but I've sold plenty of devices of all kinds. And to date I've sold 6 iPhones. The buyers got a good deal, devices in perfect working order, immaculate condition (and I mean not even a micro scratch,) and fair prices. I don't sell to people I know, but I've donated a few iPhones to friends and family and they're all still going strong.
     

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