Sell iPhone 4 Now?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Tibbers, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Tibbers macrumors member

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    I'm considering selling my black 16 GB iPhone 4 on eBay. It has a few scratches and the mic when recording video doesn't seem as crisp compared to when I first received it, but overall it's still great.

    With the money I plan to purchase a new white iPhone to replace this one since although the scratches aren't intrusive or anything, they bother me a bit.

    Plus, when the new iPhone comes out I think I'll be able to sell the white iPhone at a higher cost due to it's more recent release/hopefully lower amount of scratches.

    Thoughts? Is it smart to do this sort of thing or not? I sold my 3G on eBay before and started it quite low... I'm just nervous I won't get $300+. I believe it's $399 for the early upgrade (not positive) so I need at least that.

    Thanks for your time!
     
  2. iLucas macrumors 6502

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    Just looking at the first page of iPhone 4s on eBay makes me think you won't have much trouble getting over $300 even with a few scratches.
     
  3. Flake, Apr 30, 2011
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    holy crap half of them are $700+..

    why are they selling for so high??
     
  4. Tibbers thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the responses!

    Yeah I didn't think I would either, but it looks like the ones that start the bidding high don't do nearly as well.

    Maybe $10 is a good start?
     
  5. iApples macrumors 65816

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    Mainly because their unlocked.
     
  6. iphone3DG3 macrumors member

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    I was planning to do the exact same thing as you OP. So I have a question...Currently my iPhone 4 has a 0.5 cm scratch on the screen, and some scuffs on the back glass. The volume down button is also not clicky anymore, though it still works. Should I get a warranty swap from Apple and then sell or should I just sell this one, which matches the serial number on my box (which supposedly fetches higher values)?
     
  7. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8G4 Safari/6533.18.5)

    If your button is not Clicky you should be able to get a warranty replacement and fetch a higher price.
     
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    If your phone is messed up (mic problem), take it to Apple and they'll give you a refurbished one. Pretty much brand new, no scratches. Then you can sell that (or keep it) and it would probably fetch higher $$ too.
     
  9. Flake macrumors regular

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    anyone know what sort of fees there would be if you were get a white iPhone to replace your current one. aside from paying for the new unit of course.
     
  10. Stein357 macrumors 6502

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    You should be able to sell it for $400-450 easily I'd think.
     
  11. Tibbers thread starter macrumors member

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    Just learned that it will cost $449. Hoping to get at least $400 now! :p
     
  12. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    400 if you go to apple
     
  13. Tibbers thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh really? Awesome, I didn't know that! Thanks so much!

    I can do that online for the same price, right? I don't have an Apple store near me and would spend more on gas probably. xD
     
  14. Flake, May 1, 2011
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    Here is what the Apple store says for me
    I purchased the 4 on June 23, 2010. Activated it that day at home

    16GB : Black
    $399.00
    You may qualify to purchase this iPhone for $199.00 on:
    June 23, 2011


    So yes, its 399 if you have early upgrade.
     
  16. iphone3DG3 macrumors member

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    When are people generally qualified for early upgrade pricing via Apple's website? Is it any different than AT&T's? I know that AT&T only gives early pricing every 6 months (correct me if I'm wrong).
     
  17. Flake macrumors regular

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    so you have to wait one year from when you first bought/activated?
     
  18. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Yup I wait 1 year. I guess most people wait 1 yr 6mo.
     
  19. Flake macrumors regular

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    why an extra 6 months?
     
  20. Tibbers thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool, thanks for that info. :D Will be purchasing from them then for sure.
     
  21. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Well my girlfriend waits 1 year and 8 months for her upgrade. I know most people wait 1 year and 6 months.

    How long do you wait?
     
  22. Flake macrumors regular

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    first phone is my iPhone 4 I got last July. too early to tell ;)
     
  23. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    Here's my great experience, doing what you're thinking of:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12491508&postcount=40
     

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