Sell Apple iPhone 5 after buying 5s

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  1. afinch1992 macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know if it is possible to sell an iPhone 5 back to apple and receive a debit towards a recent 5s purchase? I must have gotten caught up in getting the new phone and didnt even realize I wanted to sell my 5 for credit. Seeing as I would have no use for a gift card at this point would there be any way that someone is aware of to accomplish this?
     
  2. dmishe macrumors newbie

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    Probably not. Their price is crap anyways, if you want an easy way to sell you have a lot options, if you care about money - ebay/amazon it?
     
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you can go back and ask them to reverse the transaction and set it up again as a new transaction (with the iPhone 5 trade in).

    Otherwise there are tons of good sites that make it real easy to sell your phone (gazelle, amazon, buybackworld, gamestop, etc) and if you want a bit more cash for more risk there is always craigslist / ebay.
     
  4. afinch1992 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    probably the route I'm going to go. According to Apple.com I would get $285 in credit for it. Another option would be Sprint stores, which offered $250. Fair price, but a $100 hit from a comparable sell on craigslist for a flawless 5 month old device with original 1 year AC left on it.


    edit: it was $285 from Apple

    edit 2: I guess my new question is whether they actually give you the same as what they say PowerOn will give you online. Again the device is literally flawless
     
  5. megapopular macrumors 6502a

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    If you're interested in cash or possibly a new video game system then GameStop is offering pretty good amounts for iPhone 5!
     
  6. afinch1992 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Considered it, but I need the cash more than a ps4. Getting more enticing though. My deal is that I kept the phone in perfect condition, so I would like the extra bit from where I can if possible.

    Just checked out gamestop.com and it seems like Sprint will give me the same amount in cash, so that will probably be my benchmark
     
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  8. s54 macrumors regular

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    It still puzzles me why anyone would trade in their iPhone 5 to Apple or other merchants for scraps.

    I just literally sold my Verizon iPhone 5 on eBay this Sunday for $450.

    USPS shipping = $10
    eBay fees = ~$40

    $400 in my pocket vs $300 best case scenario that people are being offered.
     
  9. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    I dunno why anyone would use eBay when it's so easy to get scammed.

    Hell, I could go on there right now and scam someone for their iPhone if I wanted to.

    Sometimes a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
     
  10. mytakeontech macrumors 6502a

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    I never use eBay for scamming and fees reason. I heard eBay takes 12% cut from the sale.

    I gave my phone (32GB iPhone 5 ATT Unlocked) to someone for $450 cash. I checked the comparable sales on eBay and I think, in hand, I got the good price.
     
  11. johnparjr macrumors 6502a

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    The online recycle is different from the in-store one. Price for buy back does vary as they are 2 different company's
     
  12. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    Hope you sent it certified mail with insurance and return receipt

     
  13. s54 macrumors regular

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    Scamming? What scamming?

    I was the seller. I got my $450 and I sent the phone out. Hence, how could I have possibly been scammed? - They either pay the auction amount or they don't. If they don't, you relist infinitely many times for free, until finally you get your money. Which BTW I always get no problem.

    Plus, it's the most convenient. It took 5 minutes to list the phone.

    I still don't understand this "scamming" part people are referring to. Since I'm the seller of my iPhone on eBay, how can I get scammed?

    People buy iPhones on eBay like crazy. Yes, buyers get scammed. But if you're selling, you can't be scammed.

    The only "scam" going on here was that my iPhone was mint and the best I've been offered anywhere was $300 flat.


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    You're stating the obvious.

    Signature required and fully insured. Always. Not sure what your point is.
     
  14. GrimmsGirl macrumors 6502

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    As the seller you can get scammed. People can file claims with PayPal and PayPal often sides with the buyer. From what I've read, there are also ways that they can pay you through PayPal and somehow the funds aren't actually available and PayPal then reverses the credit to you. I don't have any real experience with the latter, so take that with a grain of salt. Never accept a money order or a check. I'm not saying don't sell on eBay, I do. I'm just saying don't be so sure you can't get scammed if you're the seller or probably sooner rather than later it will happen to you.
     
  15. afinch1992 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well it turns out the in store recycle is not only another company, but a complete joke. $285 was fair, but that dropped to $202
     
  16. s54 macrumors regular

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    Doubt it. I almost never buy from eBay.

    But I sold over 100 items on eBay this year alone. Never got scammed. And the few times there were misunderstandings, eBay and Paypal always sided with me.

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    All those programs are a joke.

    Most people get between $200 and $250 for their iPhone 5 via recycling. And they can almost always get $100-200 more by selling on eBay.

    Those that talk about scamming are paranoid for no reason.
     
  17. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    You sound as if you are surprised that apple trade in isn't a good deal :p
     
  18. musicjunky macrumors regular

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    Selling on eBay works out more often than not, so if you're selling your phone to Apple because you don't want to be scammed on eBay, just admit that you're lazy :eek:.
     
  19. afinch1992 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    more surprised they don't have complementary services I guess. I would have been good with $250

    It's more I don't have time or the seller rating
     
  20. tgi macrumors 65816

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    http://173.192.77.187/showthread.php?t=972043

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1018717

    http://community.ebay.com/t5/Cell-Phones/Possible-Scam-with-iPhones/td-p/2919718

    It's called a chargeback. I know a personal friend who lost money and their iPhone to a sale on eBay when buyer claimed that the phone didn't work. Money was taken from my friend's bank account immediately for the price the iPhone sold for and he never got the iPhone back. This was last year, he hasn't seen a dime of that money or his iPhone since.

    I'll never sell a phone or anything expensive on eBay, I'd rather take my chances on Craigslist.
     
  21. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    no way a small package via USPS with certified mail and $400 of insurance costs only $10


     
  22. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    Actually you can. First of all, you don't need "certified mail," that is mainly for flats (letters), you just need delivery confirmation (which is tracking & is free) and a signature for seller protection. Frankly, insurance is really a waste of money and will only help if the package is lost or damaged which is really quite rare and good luck on collecting on a claim in your lifetime. Using a flat rate padded envelope it is $5.25 shipping and $2.20 for a signature. I've been selling on eBay since 1999 and have sold well over 2000 items (many high priced) and only twice in 14 years have items been "lost" with one eventually being returned. I never take insurance, but of course that's up to the sender. Plus, if you get $400 insurance the signature is included anyway.
     
  23. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Show me a person who got scammed on ebay and I'll show you someone who got scammed using craigslist.

    Show me a person who had a successful ebay transaction and I'll show you someone who had a successful craigslist transaction.

    Use whichever works best for you.
     
  24. tgi macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for adding absolutely nothing useful to the thread.

    Of course there's success stories and failures for anything in life. The point is, there are people in this thread the believe it's impossible to get scammed as a seller on eBay, which it isn't.
     
  25. anonnymouse macrumors regular

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    PowerON (on apple.com/recycling ) is different from the Brightstar buyback in store. The Brightstar prices dropped across the board today, and are way lower than PowerON, which is lower than many other online/offline alternatives.

    Sell on CL if you have the fortitude, or try Gamestop if you want quick cash. The other online options are ok, but the price is very volatile. Those also represent the least risk (and work) for the seller. Essentially the online options are wholesale, and direct to a buyer (CL, eBay etc) are retail.

    How much work do you want to put in? That will dictate your return.

    Point of reference: I sold an AT&T iPhone 4 black 32 (unlocked officially by AT&T) on CL for $200 cash with about two days of work.
     

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