Is it true that the white iphone has better resale value?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by esploded, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. esploded macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    Or was this simply the case in the iPhone 4 because it was sold months later after the black one was released?
  2. BlizzardBolt macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2011
    Mariana Trench
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If you want specifics, you can always search eBay "recently ended" auctions, or look at the Craiglist postings for your area.
  4. MayBee macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2011
  5. esploded thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    The thing is, the iPhone 4S is new, so I'm not sure how reliable the data is.

    I have 25 minutes to decide white or black :p.
  6. Jmouse macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2011
    I will not pay more just because its white.

    I chose the black one as I like the black one more.
  7. esploded thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2011
    The white one was out of stock for reservation, so I got the black one.
  8. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Resale value depends on the condition of the device too.
  9. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

    Shasta McNasty

    Jan 5, 2010
    Southern Cali
    I think the iPhone 4 white sold for more because it came out a lot later in the cycle so not many people bought it. The 4s i don't think will matter since they were both available from the get go so when it comes time to sell it, there will be plenty of both. The condition of your phone will effect the value of it more so than the color this time around.
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    The suggestion still stands as your best answer. We're not psychic. :rolleyes:
  11. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009
    white iPhone 4 sells for about 20-30 dollars more on eBay I noticed
  12. pocky macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Gabriel Valley
    White fetches for more regardless. So yes color does matter in a sense. Same applies for cars.
  13. moosquared macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2010
    I have sold 2 iPhones on eBay (both black) and yes, I did take colour into consideration when setting the price. Generally, white iPhones sold on eBay are priced a bit higher than the black iPhones.

    Personally, I like the white one. But when iPhone 4 took forever with the white iPhone, I have to settle with the black one...
  14. ApplesAndOrangs macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    It has a higher demand hence higher resale value.

    It will be interesting next year, cause pretty much 70% of people got white iphone 4s's. Will the black one have more demand? ;)


    But it's the same for 3Gs too. White 3gs' go for a little higher.
  15. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Why would a dirty and yellowed white iPhone bring more money?
  16. omegaphil6 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2002
    Fort Myers Florida
    White iPhone units are extremely rare. Almost an anomaly. You can sell for double the cost.
  17. fuzion11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario

    Ummmm yaaa, I think you're pushing that just a little bit there. Not double the price but I do think you can squeeze a little more money from a buyer if the phone is white...possibly because whites hide the scratches better making them look newer in a way??

    Personal I wouldn't pay more for a white if I were to buy it from Kijiji or whatever, but I did pick up a white 4s on launch day.
  18. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    White iphone does not turn yellow at all. What makes you think that it does? Maybe a white PSP.

    In the white iPhone 4/4S, the white mold is underneath the glass, so it will never turn yellow. Unless you put a stain on the glass.

    Think of it this way, if you go to Apple store, and you look at the display models. You will see that those get touched every single day by people who come in and out of the store and those never turned yellow.
  19. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Everything comes down to supply and demand. In the case of the 4's, same demand, much smaller and much later supply - hence the value went up for them.

    As Apple moves forward with both colors for the 4S and the new, revised 4's, I don't expect the white iPhones will commandeer a higher value when the next round of mass sell-offs happen. Both colors will have fully saturated the market by then.
  20. zelaya macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2010
    I don't know if the white has more value but it has more demand and sellers take advantage of that and ask for more money. I've been searching for a 4's for weeks for a decent price without no success. I refuse you give 1000% profit to those people. I ended buying one from Bestbuy yesterday. I'm sure one year from today Apple will come with the new iPhone 5 and I'll be ready again.
  21. Lukkee24 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2011
    There has certainly been more demand for the white iPhone (4S), but I don't think it'll have much of an affect on the resale value.
  22. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    The White iPhone 4 has higher resale the black iPhone 4 for one obvious reason....

    White iPhone 4 are still in warranty. All white iPhones 4 were not sold until the Spring 2011. That means most of the iPhones 4 white color have at least 5-6 months of warranty left.

    Being in warranty adds $30-50 added valued to a resale.

    Whereas it doesn't matter for the 4S because it's new and they are all under warranty.

    Just use common sense.

    Mint black iPhone 4 that's out of warranty vs mint white iPhone 4 with 6 months of warranty. Which one would you pay more for?
  23. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    The flaw in your logic is that there are black iPhone 4's on the market with just as much warranty as any white one would have.

    This is purely anecdotal, but when my husband and I sold our two iPhone 4's that had been purchased on the same day the white one sold for something like $30 more than the black one. That's a big enough difference to make me think about it, but a small enough difference that it may have been incidental.

    Nevertheless, all iPhone's have incredibly good resale values, which is really handy for yearly upgraders. :)
  24. foulmouthedleon macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2008
    Annapolis, MD
    There are less white iPhones out there since they came out much later. The less there are, the more demand there is for them. Hence, this is why they fetch a marginally higher price on ebay/CL.
  25. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    There are plenty of idiots on Craigslist and EBay. The professional buyers always ask for serial number to determine warranty left on the phone.

    Many people fail to check for water damage. Fail to check if the water sensors have been replaced.

    Unless the ads post and state there is warranty left on a black iPhone 4, one must assume there is no warranty left. And the sellers purposely leave this valuable information out in their ads.

    They are hoping they never get asked this question.

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