Is there a danger of selling your iPhone BOX on ebay...?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Turnpike, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Turnpike macrumors 6502

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    iPhone boxes seem to bring a few $$, and I always use a phone until it's beyond repair or else I hand it down, so I really have no use (and never have) for the empty boxes, as cool and nice as they are. I have a few phones in use, and the boxes from all of them and a few more. Since the boxes have the serial numbers of the phones on them, is there any downside or risk to selling the boxes on Ebay for the few $ they bring? I am trying to rid my office of all the clutter, and if there's any risk to other people having the box to a phone I use (and the device info on the box) please let me know, and I wont bother to put them on there.

    Thanks in advance! :)

    PS... and I'm curious what the people buying the boxes use them for.... if anyone knows.
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    None. Apart from a bully with a machine gun that is desperate for boxes showing up at your door.
     
  3. Turnpike thread starter macrumors 6502

    Turnpike

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    Thanks! That puts my mind at ease (and a few $$ in my pocket!)
     
  4. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a

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    I am sure that some boxes are used for the CL scam of a "sealed" Apple product, and are reshrinkwrapped with a weight inside. I'd guess more are used to make 3rd party refurbs (screen replacements, etc) more valuable on ebay and CL. And a few used in the ever-popular "Hey nephew, I got you an iPhone!....box with a candy bar inside!" :)
     
  6. d123 macrumors 68000

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    A lot of small dealers (and probably some private sellers) will use boxes to repackage second hand phones for resale, a boxed phone sells for more than a loose phone and charger.

    To the OP, make sure you remove the label underneath with the IMEI number on. It's better to keep things like that private.
     
  7. kingofbling macrumors newbie

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    The thing is you will see boxes sell for $300 (when ebay doesnt catch them) and in the end you get a chargeback, negative feedback, etc. Because the buyer thought they were buying a PHONE IN THE BOX, even though the auction says BOX ONLY. Seen it happen multiple times, not even worth it to list it, to much trouble that tags along with it.
     
  8. troy14 macrumors 6502a

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    I've bought a few boxes, knowing they were empty boxes. I purchased a rMBP here and it had no box, bought a box off eBay for the same kind and gift wrapped it for my girlfriend. She knew it was used but things just look better with an original box.

    I don't see what anyone could do with a serial # or IMEI #. I always laugh when I see auctions with it blacked out because it's one thing I look at (remaining warranty, etc.)
     
  9. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    i know from selling iPhones that if you include the box you'll get a bit more for it, maybe they collect them? who knows.
     
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I love apple boxes. I take them and put them around my room. That's Probably what other people do.
     

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