Old iPhones

freerollin

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What up guys

Got 3 old iPhones I've had for too long.. 4s, and two 4's

I want to get maximum value here, and it had occurred to me that these business such as envirophone.com often take apart the phones and sell the components

I have absolutely no idea where I'd sell observe iPhone parts.. But wondering g what are your thoughts on getting maximum value from your old Mac pods
 

keysofanxiety

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I'm very much of the opinion that if you have any friends or family members that need a phone, gift it to them. Even a cruddy old iPhone 4 would be more than good enough for a grandparent or somebody not particularly techy, just something simple like FaceTime is a godsend (and really personal) for a person who's not too tech literate.
 

Farsider

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Jul 30, 2014
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What up guys

Got 3 old iPhones I've had for too long.. 4s, and two 4's

I want to get maximum value here, and it had occurred to me that these business such as envirophone.com often take apart the phones and sell the components

I have absolutely no idea where I'd sell observe iPhone parts.. But wondering g what are your thoughts on getting maximum value from your old Mac pods
Just like cars, private sale will get you the most return but more hassle. Phone recyclers pay less but its far less hassle.

I sold an iPhone 5 in the UK via Mazuma Mobile. They offered £105 all in as long as it was in full working order and they pay all shipping costs. They didn't care about condition, just that it worked with no screen damage. They paid out same day - zero hassle.

The same iPhone goes for about £150 on eBay. Assuming the winning bidder is honest and doesn't try to scam you, once you've deducted the eBay and PayPal fees and the shipping, you're down £20-£25.

Is it worth it for the extra £20?....you decide!
 

Dented

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Just like cars, private sale will get you the most return but more hassle. Phone recyclers pay less but its far less hassle.

I sold an iPhone 5 in the UK via Mazuma Mobile. They offered £105 all in as long as it was in full working order and they pay all shipping costs. They didn't care about condition, just that it worked with no screen damage. They paid out same day - zero hassle.

The same iPhone goes for about £150 on eBay. Assuming the winning bidder is honest and doesn't try to scam you, once you've deducted the eBay and PayPal fees and the shipping, you're down £20-£25.

Is it worth it for the extra £20?....you decide!
I went the eBay route with my iPhone a few weeks back (after the 6S was out) - I sold it very quickly on a buy it now price of £169, plus postage, so already £19 more than you're suggesting!

The eBay fee on BIN sales is 10%, plus a couple of quid to PayPal, basically £20. The shipping was paid separately and if anything I made a quid or two back on that, although unintentionally. Basically my profit was about £45 more than yours, and I got some good eBay feedback that will help with whatever I sell next. To me, the little extra effort was worth that.
 

a7thton

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I went the eBay route with my iPhone a few weeks back (after the 6S was out) - I sold it very quickly on a buy it now price of £169, plus postage, so already £19 more than you're suggesting!

The eBay fee on BIN sales is 10%, plus a couple of quid to PayPal, basically £20. The shipping was paid separately and if anything I made a quid or two back on that, although unintentionally. Basically my profit was about £45 more than yours, and I got some good eBay feedback that will help with whatever I sell next. To me, the little extra effort was worth that.
I think the fee for selling on Swappa is 10 dollars.
 

Farsider

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I went the eBay route with my iPhone a few weeks back (after the 6S was out) - I sold it very quickly on a buy it now price of £169, plus postage, so already £19 more than you're suggesting!

The eBay fee on BIN sales is 10%, plus a couple of quid to PayPal, basically £20. The shipping was paid separately and if anything I made a quid or two back on that, although unintentionally. Basically my profit was about £45 more than yours, and I got some good eBay feedback that will help with whatever I sell next. To me, the little extra effort was worth that.
Glad yours went well. I sold a perfectly good iPad on eBay last year. Perfect condition. Buyer claims it arrived damaged and took pictures of an iPad with a broken screen. Clearly they dropped it after receiving it. eBay refunded them out of my paypal account and the buyer sent the iPad back.

I ended up with a broken iPad and down £20 as I had to pay all the shipping costs.

Selling on eBay can go very wrong and IMO isn't worth the hassle for £20-£40 extra.
 
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CNeufeld

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Glad yours went well. I sold a perfectly good iPad on eBay last year. Perfect condition. Buyer claims it arrived damaged and took pictures of an iPad with a broken screen. Clearly they dropped it after receiving it. eBay refunded them out of my paypal account and the buyer sent the iPad back.

I ended up with a broken iPad and down £20 as I had to pay all the shipping costs.

Selling on eBay can go very wrong and IMO isn't worth the hassle for £20-£40 extra.
You couldn't do anything about a shipping insurance claim?

C
 

Dented

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Glad yours went well. I sold a perfectly good iPad on eBay last year. Perfect condition. Buyer claims it arrived damaged and took pictures of an iPad with a broken screen. Clearly they dropped it after receiving it. eBay refunded them out of my paypal account and the buyer sent the iPad back.

I ended up with a broken iPad and down £20 as I had to pay all the shipping costs.

Selling on eBay can go very wrong and IMO isn't worth the hassle for £20-£40 extra.
Sorry to hear that. It's all a balance of risk I guess; I can only say I've been selling there for about 15 years with no horror stories to report.
 

Farsider

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You couldn't do anything about a shipping insurance claim?
The box was undamaged and the seller signed for it and wouldn't testify that it could've been damaged in transit. I had nothing to go on. I think they just dropped it and wanted to push the fault back onto me. It was well packaged in its original box and wrapped in bubblewrap. I even took a photo of how well I packaged it.

Sorry to hear that. It's all a balance of risk I guess; I can only say I've been selling there for about 15 years with no horror stories to report.
Thanks - I had an unblemished eBay record until that day. To top it off, they left me negative feedback. That really pee'd me off. I buy off eBay all time but I stopped selling high value items.
 
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CNeufeld

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The box was undamaged and the seller signed for it and wouldn't testify that it could've been damaged in transit. I had nothing to go on. I think they just dropped it and wanted to push the fault back onto me. It was well packaged in its original box and wrapped in bubblewrap. I even took a photo of how well I packaged it.



Thanks - I had an unblemished eBay record until that day. To top it off, they left me negative feedback. That really pee'd me off. I buy off eBay all time but I stopped selling high value items.

That sucks royally. I haven't use eBay as a buyer or seller for a long time now. Just local. Hear about too many headaches.

C
 
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aneftp

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Personally. I'd wait for promos from Best Buy target etc.

You know those promo where u are guaranteed a $200 gift card if you trade in ANY smartphone valued more than $10 (of course they don't mean that literally). They usually mean smartphones on post paid plans less than. 4 years old.