iPhone XS Max Resale value on higher storage iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jason748, Oct 24, 2018.


Will prices depreciate more on the iPhone XS Max (512gb model)?

Poll closed Oct 25, 2018.
  1. Yes

    31 vote(s)
  2. No

    12 vote(s)
  1. jason748, Oct 24, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2018

    jason748 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2018
    Do higher storage iPhones typically depreciate faster than the the lower storage models?
  2. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
    You will NEVER recoup the amount you pay for extra storage. Especially the 512.
  3. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2016
    Always buy the middle tier. It fetches more money during resale.
  4. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
    Obviously there can be exceptions.

    But almost always (forgive me for saying NEVER in my first post) you will fail to recoup the extra $100, $150 or $200 (depend on which model and storage were talking about). eBay & Swappa completed listings prove this. Lowest storage size will result in the least total amount of money lost. Percentages obviously may be closer.
  5. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    This isn’t a debate, higher storage always takes a hit in resale value. People buying second hand phones are typically after good deals, and high priced high storage old models don’t fit that criteria.

    Same with iPads.

    It’s a hit I’m willing to take, I don’t make phone buying decisions based on resale value in a few years.
  6. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
    Yeah, I also purchase models that meet my storage need. Its worth it for me during the life of the device to have what I think.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would never opt for the higher storage, simply because:

    1.) The resale value diminishes just as the other storage models do.

    2.) I generally don’t think the average consumer needs the Maximum amount of storage, when they usually opt for the lower to middle tier storage.
  8. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I’m not even using anywhere close to 256GB. I could have got the 512 and kept all my photos and videos on my phone but I think its a waste of space because eventually you will fill the space if you take a lot of 4k videos. I pfefer to use iCloud storage because I can use it across all my devices, have my photos on my iPads and use it on my MacBook to store files and have access to those files on any of my devices. I also like to have it for iCloud backups.

    I will continue to get the 256GB as 64 is too small. Even if they offered 128GB in the max I’d 256GB because I’m currently using about 87 GB and I’d prefer to have some breathing room.
  9. jason748 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2018
    Does anyone know if iPhone slows down if the storage capacity is filled up more than 90%?

    Usually that is an issue with SSD's on PC and Android phones. Does the same apply to iPhones? This is my first iPhone so I don't know much about it.
  10. razmonster macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2017
    having the higher storage device for resale i feel has always been an advantage if you know how to be a salesman
    i always tell people the same stuff every year
    "iCloud storage prices are going up"
    "it runs faster when there's more space being clogged up"
    "the camera takes higher quality photos so you need the storage"

    most people don't know any better and go for it. I always make at least half of the extra price i paid for the highest storage.
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  12. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

    Phone Junky

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
    Just look at Apple's own GiveBack program. They give you the same amount for your phone no matter what storage size it is. Nice eh? Charge you $350 more for the 512GB over the 64GB and not give you one cent more when it's time to trade it in. :eek:
  13. SnacksGU macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2018
    I am shocked that 10 people voted "no". But, that is very helpful to know. :)

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