Repair cracked 4s screen to later sell - worth it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sevenseconds, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. sevenseconds macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2013
    Hi everyone,
    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    I have a Sprint 32GB 4s with a pretty big spider crack across the front and on the back, near the camera. Everything is still functional. I'm planning on getting the iPhone 5s next month and selling/trading my 4S.

    I know I can repair the 4s screen for ~$60. Will I see a noticeable ($60) difference in resale value for my 4S if it has a new third party screen vs. the current cracked one?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Hard to tell. These phones dont sell for a set price used. Also depends if you let the buyer know what you did. That will drop the price.
  3. sevenseconds thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2013

    Got a related q: Does Amazon/Gazelle accept a new third-party screen (from the ifixit kit, for example) on trade in?
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    This is a pure guess...

    But I bet they have no time to put a magnifying glass and go, Aha! he's stiffing up up with non-genuine parts! They just gonna look at it, clean, reload OS, run a few things, good, put it up on the sell shelf.

    Sprint phones are not big sellers, don't spend too much$ refurbishing.
  5. dessskris macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2013
    Try and search for 4S on eBay, you might find some people actually selling iPhones with cracked screen! No lie, I've seen people selling the 5 with cracked screen numerous times and they still sold at about £250. Just try and see how much it could sell on eBay. And remember if you plan to sell it on eBay, 10% of the selling price you have to pay to eBay. So is it worth repairing?
  6. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Since it's a Sprint iPhone I would just sell as is with the crack. The Sprint iPhones don't hold the same resale value as the others so I wouldn't put extra money into fixing it.
  7. sevenseconds thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2013
    Great tips, all!

    I think I'm gonna hold off on paying for the new screen and just resell it with the crack on Craigslist or Ebay when the 5s arrives. Thanks a lot.

    MacRumors FTW!:D

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