iPhone 8(+) Is the secondary market for iPhones getting worse?

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  1. BeeGood macrumors 68000

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    I’m having trouble moving my 8+ (On swappa and as a buy it now on eBay). I’ve had some interest but gotten quite a few lowball offers. Anyone else notice this? This seemed to be so easy in the past.

    I really wish IUP was available for those of us not on major carriers. :(
     
  2. Caspavio macrumors regular

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    idk what price you are selling, but people could probably almost buy a brand new 7+?
     
  3. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the market is just saturated now with options. I remember selling an iPhone 4 overseas to a guy in the Middle East for $600 on the launch day of the 4S. Nowadays you can get a cheap older iPhone and have all the essentials of what you need.
     
  4. BeeGood thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hmmm. Maybe. 8+ are going anywhere between $500 and $600 depending on what accessories are included and what condition the phone is in. Maybe that’s what people are doing but I just wouldn’t have expected there to be such a thin market for phones that are only one generation old.
     
  5. AppleB macrumors 6502a

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    There are a lot of iPhones out there that one can get new.
    7’s,8’s, X’s, XS and the XR right around the corner.
    iOS 12 gave my 7Plus new life before I got the Max. 2 years old and the 7P was at 80% battery capacity.
    So people may be holding on to what they have or buying older models new.
     
  6. Caspavio macrumors regular

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    yeah you dont usually to see that. probably a result of 2 reasons, 1) the difference between iphone generations has been shrinking, so much so that 7 and 8 probably the same to non-geeks and 2) there are plenty of cheap and good android phones
     
  7. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    If I were in the market looking for a less expensive iPhone (in excellent condition) I'd buy a refurbished iPhone 7 directly from Apple. Good as new. That seems like the best way to go.
     
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    This is why I couldn’t be bothered to try and sell devices myself. I don’t have either the time or the energy. IUP all the way for me.
     
  9. Philthy84 macrumors regular

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    I was able to sell my 256GB X that was near mint condition for $800 locally on FB Marketplace. I had the box and all the accessories that came with it unused. I was happy with the price since it covered most the cost of my upgrade to the XS Max 256GB.
     
  10. Caspavio macrumors regular

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    yes. part of the reason was probably because the XS isnt that much of an upgrade over X, and it has lots of issues reported.
     
  11. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

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    really glad to hear this, as I will be selling mine, in that exact condition, and will be looking for $800 as well.

    I think the Xr actually helped keep prices for used X's up a bit.
     
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    Same here quoted £460 ebay and Mazuma mobile for my 10 months old iPhone X 64GB rofi keeping this phone going to rebuy the iPhone XS Max when the issues are fixed.
     
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Kinda of a bad time selling a iPhone when new one were released. The market has to be full for sure.
     
  15. BeeGood thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I’ve sold phones every year right after launch and they usually sell in a couple days. It really just seems like much less interest this year.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    The market is saturated worst than ever.

    You will need to just keep trying. If it does not sell after a while you will have to lower your price.
     
  17. JPack macrumors 68040

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    iPhone 8 is stuck in the middle. Nobody wants to spend top dollar on an old form factor with few appreciable advantages over iPhone 7.

    People tend to buy iPhone 7 or go straight to iPhone X or newer.
     
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    I think it depends on the model and price point. I sold my 6S at higher then what I was offering due to multiple offers within about a half hour of listing it.
     
  20. mac.cali macrumors 65816

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    Sold my X on swappa in a day for 800. But been trying to sell my second X with no luck. Same condition as my initial sale, but for less with no hits. The market is really saturated. Everyone does trades now. For the Max I went iUP this time. I’ll see if there’s a market for the Max. If not I’ll trade in and upgrade to the 2019 iPhone.
     
  21. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

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    I think so. The prices of new phones are going up and we definitely seem to be getting less for re-sales. a few years back it only used to cost me a couple of hundred to ‘upgrade’ each year by selling the previous years model and buying the new one SIM free. That’s no longer a viable for me as the price you get for the old phone barely touches the price of the new one anymore.
     
  22. zblomstrom macrumors newbie

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    I sold my X in less than a day on Swappa for $780. If you want it gone quick my advice is to price it aggressively on the lower end of everything else that is listed. Of course, it is a trade-off depending on how much money you want to give up in search of a quick sale.
     
  23. Sarah Jones 799 Suspended

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    UK market for selling old iPhone is getting terrible in prices.
    Just been looking at eBay and mobile sites iPhone X 64gb selling on eBay for £500 not including eBay fees after fees your looking about £420 a the most.
    Musicmagpie £450 seriously.

    For me personally keep this iPhone x for another 3 years perfect screen
     
  24. adamgbiggs macrumors 6502

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    I sold my 2 year old iPhone 7 32gb (mint, unlocked with box etc) for £270, I thought that was a reasonable price I got back.

    Adam.
     
  25. BeeGood thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It sounds like the market is just thin this year. It sucks that this is happening to other folks but at least I know I’m not necessarily doing something wrong.

    I guess I need to figure out how long to hold my current price. I’ve been steadily lowering the price over the last few days to keep my price right under the mid point.
     

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