Want to sell my iPhone 6 and buy an 6 Plus

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  1. MacOSphere macrumors newbie

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    Longtime lurker with some questions

    I have a 64 gb Verizon iPhone 6 that I would like to sell and get a 6 Plus. It's basically pristine, has been in the leather Apple case since day one more or less.

    My questions are...

    • How much can I expect to reasonably get on eBay for my iPhone 6?
    • Do Apple Stores offer a 'buyback' program and if so how much could I reasonably expect to get?
    • Does Target sell iPhones off contract? I would obviously be puruchasing the 6 Plus off contract and just swapping SIM cards.

    I ask about Target selling iPhones off contract because I have a fairly substantial discount that I would love to use there in purchasing a new 6 Plus.

    Any insight is welcome, thank you.
     
  2. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    If I were you (phone in great condition, 64GB of Storage)
    I would try posting ads on Craigslist. Not sure if there still will be a lot of 6+ users wanting to scale back to a 6 at this point (I know that in September a lot of people wanted to do trading since the 6/6+ were out of stock). You'd obviously have to throw in some cash, but perhaps someone is desperate and will do a straight up trade.

    Just be sure that the two of you meet up at a Verizon store.
     
  3. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    Your best bet is to sell your 6 on eBay. Sure, you can have Apple "buy back" your 6, but you probably won't get as much in comparision to if you sold it on eBay.

    You can probably expect to get around $700 for your 6 since you said it's in pristine condition.

    I'm pretty sure that Target sells phone's off contract, but I have never purchased a phone from them at full price, so I'm not 100% sure.
     
  4. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    eBay is not the best option, a good portion of the sale will be lost in fees and shipping. Your best bet is to use either Craigslist or Swappa.
     
  5. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Completely agree. Swappa is the best for selling phones.
     
  6. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    Do you happen to know how much you as the seller would pocket between selling on eBay and Swappa? I'm used to selling all of my old iPhones on eBay once I purchase the new model. I have browsed Swappa's site before, but never really thought much of it. But if the difference in what I would pocket between selling on Swappa and eBay is significant, I certainly would consider selling on Swappa instead.
     
  7. Bloodraw850 macrumors 6502

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    I have the 6 plus and will go smaller next gen. Swap with someone are just wait
     
  8. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    Swappa chargers $10 per sale, so it's pocket change compared to eBay where you'd probably lose 10-20%.
     
  9. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    I'm considering selling my 6+ to get a 6.

    And it was sunny here today too.

    I am having a problem finding a waterproof 'bag' for my 6+. I went to the Cabela's store, and the nearest thing is for a 'tablet', and makes for an interesting time having to fold it several times and then, who knows...

    I love the 6+, but...

    Funny story: at a store Monday, I 'wiped it out', and the very youngish (and drop dead gorgeous) employee, in all innocence and with a huge amount of surprise, which I tried hard not to react to, said 'OH MY GOD, IT'S SO HUGE!!!'. :eek: Yep. I get that a lot... :cool:

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    ebay did have a 'free listing, no fees' deal for iPhone listings. Don't know if it's still running, but sounded like a good deal.
     
  10. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    Was that just for listing? The listing is usually very cheap normally, it's the flat rate they take off the final sale price that is killer. Then you have the PayPal fees.
     
  11. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    Yep it was fees only which a nothing compared to what they charge when it sells and then the Paypal fees.

    eBay cost more but more people see the item.
     
  12. james92se macrumors 6502a

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    I have calculated my last several eBay iPhone sales that my total fee between eBay final value fee and PayPal fee is about 13%. That is a fairly substantial loss. You're looking at ~$90 on a $700 phone. Add to that the need then ship the phone insured and all that stuff and you're out another $20 or so.

    So if you sell on eBay you really need to make sure your sale price is at least $100 more than you'd get on CL
     
  13. PinkyMacGodess, Mar 12, 2015
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    PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    But if you aren't figuring in shipping and insurance costs and charging that as part of the deal, is it ebay's fault?

    Tangent: I have given up on ebay almost completely as a way to get rid of old technology. Yes, the last few times I've sold things, I've had to lower the price. Many things don't sell at all, which is a real waste of fees and time. From my buyer standpoint, I've been nearly swindled numerous times. Even from people that have very high ratings.

    A world wide flea market seems to be only helping the people running the market.

    My business got a solicitation from ebay asking us to open a 'store front' there. They had a helpful list of recently sold items to give us a 'good view of what we could be earning' on that 'store front'. They targeted the list to our industry, and it was very well produced, but when I looked at our cost on the items compared to what they sold for on ebay, I couldn't find a single item that sold for enough over our cost to make it worth doing that. Yeah, top dollar Cisco gear, described as 'new' selling for hundreds under our cost. You can't twist that far enough to make it make sense...
     
  14. james92se macrumors 6502a

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    Well, that is exactly why I said to plan to lose ~$100 over a CL sale..
     
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    $700 seems pretty damn high. New it is $750.
     
  16. Instapez macrumors newbie

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    I recently went through this process and would be happy to share my thoughts.
    An ATT version 16gb phone (sealed) would be going for $550-$600 max on eBay. There are so many listed. If it's unlocked, it can be sold for an additional $80-&100 and at a much faster rate. I would completely avoid eBay as it charges no listing fee at the moment but charges a hefty 10% of total sale, 10% of shipping charge along with %3 for PayPal which I'm assuming you will be using.
    If you sell your phone for $600 on eBay, after all the fees and shipping charges, you will be left with $520.
    Swappa is much better but you have to be patient. Your best bet is Craig's list. you will be surprised how many people will buy a used phone to save $50.
     
  17. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    Don't forget that eBay is heavily biased towards the buyers. Many people get burned from scammers who win the auction, then say the phone was damaged (not as described), which forces the seller to accept a return. The seller then usually receives a different phone which is damaged or a bad IMEI, and you are screwed. At least with CL once the sale is over, it's over.
     
  18. MacOSphere thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you all for responding and weighing in. After all this I think I'm going to just keep what I have for now.

    I'm one of those people that love the researching of something as much as I love getting something. Well aware of some of the complaints of iPhone 6 Plus users about the device and I'm intrigued by some of the specs being volleyed about the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

    I have personally never purchased an iPhone off contract (or in the middle of a contract, to be exact) but I may do that this September depending on what Apple comes out with.

    Till then, I'm content with my 6 -- I feel lucky to have it.
     
  19. BriOS macrumors member

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    Just sold my iphone 6 on swappa today for $560. Mine is 16g space gray unlocked att. sold in one day of listing.
     
  20. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    I sold my T-Mobile 64GB iPhone 6 on Craigslist for something like $700 (it was 2 months ago so I don't remember the exact amount). If you live in a big city, definitely try Craigslist first.

    P.S. I also upgraded to the 6+ and love it.
     
  21. McDaddio macrumors 6502a

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    Have you considered donating your phone to charity and taking the tax deduction?

    You can help people with that donation and if you are rich enough to afford a 6+, I am sure you can afford it.
     
  22. got556 macrumors 6502

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    Have my g/f's unlocked VZW 16gb gold 6 for sale on swappa for $599. Prices are starting to rapidly drop on these phones.

    She needed more space so I bought her a 64gb 6.

    Good luck on getting it sold. I have a 6+ and while getting her old 6 ready for pics today, it's amazing how small the 6 feels compared to the plus model.
     
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  24. PinkyMacGodess, Mar 13, 2015
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    PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    I haven't seen those. I took to using a Ziploc bag, and was freaking that it might slip out.

    I've got a 'Sea to Summit', that barely fits the 6+ with the OtterBox case. It's for 'large cellphones', but apparently the 6+ w/case is a 'super-massive cellphone'. Wondering if the PowerBeats2 in-ear head phones will work while riding. I'm surprised at the number that don't. I tried a pair of Jaybird's, and they failed. I couldn't keep them in my ears either.

    Spring is coming. Gotta get this solved somehow.
     
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    I compared 6+ with an old iPhone 3Gs and 5 and both look like Happy Meal toys next to it. The 6+ screen is bigger than their entire footprint.

    I like the 6+ more than I expected and I expected to like it alot and more than the 6. It was a faster and easier transition than I thought as the bigger footprint didn't bother me as much, if at all.

    Since I am pro-Android, my first two choices is either Nexus 6 or Samsung Galaxy S edge because the latter is perfect for Material Design and swipe gesture fan like myself. But the 6+ is probably the best iPhone ever to me which makes me forget going back to a screen size like the 5s and prior. The keyboard is just bigger for less mistakes. And a 1080p screen (true FULL HD) with 75 more ppi than the regular 6 really does make a difference for me visually when texting or reading. There is nothing wrong with a regular 6 just like a regular Galaxy S6. Just the difference in screen size/res/ppi/ or curved screen can make all the difference in the end for a more intuitive experience vs their regular counterparts.
     

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