Sold my 4s today before 5 kills its value...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Gix1k, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    I managed to get $350 for it. 16gb.

    I really hope these leaks are fake and we get a much different looking device from the 4s...if so, game on....if not, will most likely test drive the S3.
    Gas mileage is huge with me though.
  2. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
  3. Indy21 macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2008
    Pretty good sale there! How new or old was it?

    nuckinfutz your avatar kills me, lol
  4. Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    You already know you are gonna be disappointed with the iphone.

    BTW, like your name! Just sold my 06 Gixxer1K recently. Unable to ride any more. My first was a 84 Ninja 900. A big heavy turd compared to the Gixxer.
  5. wc17 macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2012
    Not sure where you located but you could probably get $300-350 when the new iPhone comes out.
  6. andyx3x macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2011
    Not bad? $350 is just giving the phone away right now. You'll get more than that after the next iPhone is released.
  7. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Not bad indeed. Considering this too. You think AppleCare+ will add much value? Anyway I see amazon is offering $410 for the 4S 16gb..
  8. OceanView macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2005
    I sold my iPhone 4S 32GB unlocked a few weeks ago for $575.
    Prices can only go south from here on out.
  9. saud0488 macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    It's about what they're going for now. But on places like Amazon and eBay new iPhone 4's are still going for 500.

    Last year around October when the 4s was released, the iPhone 4 price took a bit of a hit. After that though it rebounded. Two things to it: 1. Apple products have a hard time shedding value nowadays and 2. People must have realized the 4 and 4s weren't really all that different.

    If the 5 doesn't have many compelling features beyond LTE, which won't be supported by most countries for a while, then 4s prices shouldn't drop too much. Siri really wasn't that huge of a feature for people to dish out the 800-1000 dollars that iPhone 4s were commanding late last year.


    where? I sold my unlocked one for 700
  10. sos85 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2009
    nw2 7jp Londo
    I Just sold my 4 in ebay, it is very quick, but the price in ebay are too cheap :eek::eek:
  11. audix, Aug 1, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2012

    audix macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2012
    They'll both be able to run iOS6 so it won't lose that much value.
  12. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I learnt my lesson with the iPhone 4. My first 4S had screen issues and i had to go through a few replacements to get a good unit. Now that i do, i'm not letting go until the new iPhone has been vetted to be mostly problem free.

    Even then i may just relegate it to my backup phone.
  13. audix macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2012
    Would you sell your phone and then buy an iPod touch in the meantime?
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I sold a white 16gb for $450 a week ago. While you probably sold it within 10 minutes, you definitely got less than the average person. $350 is what I would expect after the 5 is released.
  15. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    I keep all my old iPhones so no need to worry about price here. We typically upgrade at least 2 each new generation so one goes on a shelf (have one of each, soon to add a 4s) the other either follows it to the shelf or it's used as a touch by the kids (or a phone if one is lost/damged until a new one can be secured). Good times.
  16. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    If the rumors start to solidify around these September dates, I'm putting my 4 in for sale on Gazelle in the next couple of weeks so I can get the best possible price from them. I just can't go without a phone for 2 months and I don't have an old one laying around unfortunately.
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd sell mine now, but I still need a phone. I'll live with getting less $$ for the phone. Besides my daughter keeps bugging me about inheriting the phone once I upgrade.
  18. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    gazelle will give you much less than you would off $150 difference.
  19. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Yeah--I know. I just don't feel like dealing with Craigslist. If Gazelle can give me enough to cover at least half of my new iPhone, I'm happy.
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    makes sense. I am not big on craigslist, but when it comes to selling electronics people want from you, it is actually pleasant. They will meet you when you want, where you want and you can typically sell a hot item like an iphone in less than an hour from the time you post it.
  21. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I think you could of got more then 350
  22. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I bet he sold it in less than 10 minutes at that price point.
  23. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Stupid decision, in my opinion.

    You probably only made $30 more than if you would've sold it later - I don't think $30 is worth being without your phone for a few months. Additionally, if you have a carrier like AT&T, you could've had the phone unlocked when you upgraded and sold it for much more than $350 while still getting 2-3 months of more service out of it.
  24. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    Cool story bro!
  25. Confuzzzed macrumors 68000


    Aug 7, 2011
    Liverpool, UK
    Having done similar things in the past myself, decided not to in future because I really don't want to be without my iPhone for 6-7 weeks. If you look at the unlocked machine, I calculate it's worth $94 depreciation alone (if you assume you upgrade every year so use an accelerated depreciation schedule) so I'd rather sell the phone 1 day after launch even if I get $93 less when I get to sell it. In fact, I'd rather get $120 less because being without my iPhone for 6-7 weeks is worth at least $27 to me (in reality a lot more than that!)

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