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

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

  1. sevenseconds macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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 newbie

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    Thanks.

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 newbie

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    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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