Trade in 4S for $400 Amazon Credit or attempt to sell it for about 375 cash?

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  1. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    I'm going to get rid of my White 16gb At&t 4S. I was able to create a trade-in for $400 credit just a few hours before the iPhone 5 announcement on Amazon (it's down to $375 now I think)

    Should I take the Amazon credit or try to sell it for cash and hope to get about $375 cash for it? I'm having a hard time deciding which way would be best to maximize my dollar. I shop Amazon often... but now that they are taxing in California, it will probably be a bit less.
     
  2. armoredsaint macrumors regular

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    i would take amazon, love that site and 2 day free shipping.
     
  3. HeyGreggie macrumors 65816

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    ain't much I would purchase from amazon with 400 honestly
     
  4. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

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    I have this same debate going on.

    My cutoff day to send in my 4S for $405 in amazon credit is 9/19. Swift and hassle free. Even if I didn't need any products from Amazon (which I do) I could always use the credit simply on $80/year Amazon Prime service for 5 years due to their netflix type selection of movies and TV shows.

    I could also sell on craigslist for $350-375 but I'm not sure its worth the hassle.
     
  5. Eallan macrumors 6502

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    Uh, they sell damn near anything.
     
  6. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

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    Make note your Amazon credit cannot be used for the Amazon Mobile Store (phones, etc.)
     
  7. clukas macrumors 6502a

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    you could always put that money towards the iPhone 5 and buy it from amazon.
     
  8. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

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    wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

    You can not use Amazon Trade In Credit on the Amazon Phone Store!!!
     
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  10. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I plan on buying 350 dollars in condoms and 50 dollars in candy... :p

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    Pre-ordered my 5 directly from Apple. But it won't be here until Oct 2.

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    My Trade in date is also 9/19... only got 2 more days to do it... :( And I'll just miss the iOS 6 cut off.
     
  11. rman726 macrumors 6502

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    I originally did Amazon, but eBay turned out to offer more money for their instant sale. You might want to check that out. Basically eBay has a 3rd party company that buys them all, and then sells the phones themselves on eBay, so they offer a pretty decent price.

    I just don't want to deal with selling on eBay and then having a jerk buy it that doesn't pay, or does pay and claims its not the same condition or some crap. It's not worth the extra $50 bucks to me. So I'm doing eBay Instant, and they extended the date until October 1st for me.
     
  12. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hmm... I'll check that out right now!

    Only 300 cash... meh.
     
  13. michaelz macrumors regular

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    I need to send mine tomorrow. So I ordered BLU T172 phone and micro sim adapter, total $43.75 (next day shipping and tax included). My wife hate smart phones, so the BLU phone will be her upgrade after 9/21. I can't wait to taste the no smartphone experience again :)
     
  14. audx macrumors member

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    Craigslist it, Sold my 32gb 4s last week for $380, applied that to new 32gb 5, All in all i swapped out my 4s for the new 5. Plus with CL you get the cash not the hassle of credit
     
  15. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I live in LA... I'm slightly afraid I'm going to get mugged... But yeah that was my plan on getting around $375 Craigslist. So I don't have to pay Amazon anything.

    Oh wait... just noticed... so do you!

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    I picked up a Pantech 4070p for 33 bucks, (which I paid for with traded in blu-rays I got for free. :p) It's a GO phone with a QWERTY keyboard that looks a little like a BB Bold.
     
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  17. rman726 macrumors 6502

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    Meet at Starbucks or something for Craigslist.
     
  18. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    That's only true for subsidized phones. Unsubsidized phones are sold through the normal Amazon store.
     
  19. forza1976 macrumors regular

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    Cash is KING, amazon would have given me $40 more for my iphone 4, however I'd rather get the cash from Gazelle.

    IMO
     
  20. appswipe macrumors 6502

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    I'm done with EBay and especially Craigslist (too much risk for just a few bucks). So I've locked down prices with both Amazon and Best Buy.

    My 4S is $395 @ amazon vs $353 @ Best Buy. Both are store credit so since BB will do the trade in same day I pick up my iPhone then I'll take the loss just for the convenience.
     
  21. audx macrumors member

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    Did this, goes smooth. Done
     
  22. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    Amazon is $370
    Gazelle is $218

    $152 is definately more than $40, but that's the 4S.

    The 4 is $79 more on Amazon, $210 vs $131 for the 16GB VZW version. Just about double your $40 requirement.
     
  23. blazinz macrumors regular

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    Done this for the past 4 years now...

    Put my phone up for sale on CL as a feeler on 9/12.. Got a few responses and a few scams.. You weed them out . I was asking $370 for 16gb AT&T white 4s with a couple tpu cases nothing crazy. Found a buyer we met at Starbucks. He checked it out offered $360 to see if I'd come down a little. Took the cash and left. On my way home deposited the cash in the ATM. At midnight I went online and preordered a new black 16gb. I do have an upgrade each year. So this always works out for me the same way. Basically a new phone and a free months bill. This year it actually went towards octoberfest. :D.... Till next year ;)
     
  24. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No bites at all on Craigslist... There is too much competition and my iPhone is due in a few days if I want to get the Amazon Credit... I'm just going to do that instead.

    Thanks all for your help!
     
  25. GeeSixx macrumors regular

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    I'd go the cash route. Plus, you're from LA and Amazon now has sales tax charges is Cali :/
     

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