Looking to sell used 32GB 3GS, what should I expect?

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  1. Bartboy919 macrumors member

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    Over at iDownload Blog, they posted a story the other day that made note of Apple Reuse and Recycling program, which I had never heard of. I filled out the form, and found out I could get as much as $110 back for my old 32 gig black 3GS. I was excited when I found this out, due to the fact that for me, I am due for an upgrade and the iPhone 5 is just around the corner, but when I read the comments on the actual blog that reported this, people were complaining the price they gave was way undervalued, and old phones could be sold on ebay for much more.

    My question is, how much should I expect for selling my old 3GS? I bought it launch week in 2009, and it is still in fairly good condition (I've posted photos below). The only problems with it are that the home button is unresponsive, and the mute switch, if in the off position, some times quickly flips back and forth from mute to ringer. With the home button, it must be pressed very hard to get it to work (I've found a way around this with the use of activator by swiping or tapping the status bar), and the mute switch isn't loose, it is as if contacts within the phone are just very very close and sometimes connect, switching the ringer profile.

    Barring these two problems, what should expect to get for this phone?

    Images can be found here, far to high a resolution to post in a forum post, so I made an imgur album.
     
  2. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    Other than a few scratches close and possibly on the camera lens, your iPhone looks to be in pretty good condition. My White 16GB iPhone 3GS fetched $168 at Bestbuy through their Trade-In Program when I decided to upgrade to the iPhone 4. I'm sure you could get at least $200, and probably more on either Craigslist or eBay.
     
  3. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    You will certainly get more than $110 but suggest you check ebay and craiglist for latest pricing on similar phones.
     
  4. Bartboy919 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you

    My main concern is that the home button and mute switch problem will degrade the resale value to such an extent that the apple reuse and recycle program may actually be my best bet, though I suppose making the phone a minimum price on eBay would allow me to know how much someone is willing to bid for it over that $110 price point.
     
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    I'm trying to sell mine for around $300 in the marketplace (You have to be a member for 6 months, and have at least 250 posts to access), but it's not fetching much. I'm thinking of throwing in a brand new case that I had sitting around (Never used) with it for free, but I still don't think anybody is going to buy.
     
  6. Kyotoma, Aug 11, 2011
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    Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't mention it in your advertisement unless it's a preexisting issue with your iPhone.
     
  7. Alaerian, Aug 11, 2011
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    Pricing advice is not allowed outside the Marketplace. Sorry.

    See the Forum Rules:
     
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I have the same exact issue with my 3GS. It's bloody annoying because it keeps vibrating in your pocket whenever you sit down.
     
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