Selling an iPhone 5 with issues on eBay

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  1. barrett14 macrumors regular

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    I am planning on listing an iPhone 5 on eBay and also plan to fully disclose two issues that the phone has. 1) The home button works but doesn't provide a "click" feel when you press it. 2) the battery percentage does not accurately show how much juice is left in the battery IE it will die at 40% for example.

    Here is my question - eBay guarantees you will get a certain amount for your phone or they will credit you with a coupon. The only thing eBay asks about the phone is the cosmetic condition - which is excellent.

    I am not trying to screw eBay or anybody else here but isn't this situation "too good to be true"? I don't see the phone selling for eBay's guaranteed amount with these issues?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    Be aware that no matter how much you describe these defcts in your auction, the buyer may want to return it and want a refund, even months after the sale!
     
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Who knows if eBay will renew on their coupon offer if the phone isn't in excellent shape. Only one way to find out, it seems. :)

    Though, before selling it, I would check and see if that iPhone 5 is eligible for free battery replacement. If it is, just get it done. Apple might even replace the button, or the whole phone, giving you a fully refurbished, fully working model to sell on eBay. That will allow you avoid the question completely, and might even get you a higher selling price.
     
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  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    eBay has reduced the complaint time to 45 days.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    You can try to sell it, but as you mentioned be upfront. I'd also not count on ebay's guarantee since your phone is not in the best of condition.
     
  7. barrett14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The phone is not eligible for Apple's battery replacement.
     
  8. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    If you're worried, see what Gazelle will give you for it. Under their criteria, as long as the buttons aren't physically missing, the phone works and makes calls, and there are no cracks, then it's considered "Good" condition.
     
  9. barrett14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    $65 from Gazelle. eBay is "guaranteeing" $219
     
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    Yes just sell it and list the issues. Most buyers who purchase phones with problems are well aware of what they're buying and I usually have absolutely no problem with them.
     
  12. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I wouldn't bother with ebay's guarantee ploy. All iPhones in excellent or flawless condition will sell at or better than the trending price anyway.

    Just unlock it and list it with issues.
     
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No retail box, charger, cables, headphones, etc.? Be prepared to get significantly less then. Not sure what you were thinking about ebay's guarantee.
     
  14. barrett14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    screw it, I am not going to sell it on eBay. Not worth the potential head ache.
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac, Dec 24, 2014
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    Too bad. It could have been a good learning experience, even with the risk and you're not going to get much for it anyway.

    EDIT: I don't get it. I assumed from your OP that you had no experience selling on ebay, but I see that you have a 59, 100% feedback rating as a seller and have recently sold two iPhone 5 units successfully. What gives?
     
  16. vmaniqui macrumors 6502a

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    i heard so many problems for the sellers selling their iphones on ebay. try other avenue - like Craigslist, Swappa or Gazelle.
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Not really. Those problems are just overreported here. I've successfully ebayed all my year-old iPhones going all the way back to original iPhone, albeit with a couple of non-paying bidders which required relisting the 2nd time.

    There are horror stories with CL and Swappa too.
     
  18. barrett14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have never sold anything that wasn't in perfect working order... and the eBay price guarantee makes me nervous as well because I don't think this phone qualifies for it if you read the red tape.
     
  19. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    You weren't obligated to use eBay price guarantee. This ploy is for inexperienced sellers.

    People do pay big money for parts or not in working order, even activation-locked iPhones. You just need to be aware you'd get significantly less if you don't include the retail box and charging cables, etc. Surprised you don't know this given your ebay rating.
     
  20. HarryWild macrumors 6502a

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    Some cheapstake will buy it from you! Just do it and buyers will bid it up on a good day or night! But don't count on getting $400 for it! But $300-$350 is possible!
     
  21. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    For a locked iPhone 5 with issues and no retail box, charger, cables, headphones, etc.? Don't think so.
     
  22. 617aircav Suspended

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    In a dream maybe.
     
  23. posguy99 macrumors 6502

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    Not related to selling it or not, but I wanted to point out that the phone is showing the battery just fine. The problem is that your battery has one or more bad cells. It needs to be replaced.
     
  24. Bahroo macrumors 68000

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    You can make it so no refunds or returns

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    I sold a Verizon iPhone 5 that was a replacement from Asurion(was pretty beat up actually, decently) and also has the battery glitch thing your i5 has (although mine would randomly die at around 20 %)

    I actually ended up selling that one for $275 easily on eBay fast with just the phone and a charger
     

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