What can my 5 fetch me?

AppleGoat

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Oct 14, 2010
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Hey all,

I'm sure I'm not the first (nor the last) to start one of these threads. I have a iPhone 5 and I'm curious about what the resale value would be for it. I went to Best Buy and they rated my phone as in "poor" condition and told me I'd get $101 for it. My phone has a bunch of scuffs around the corners. There is a tiny series of cracks in the glass close to the lens. Otherwise, everything is in good working order. How much do you estimate I can get on eBay or elsewhere?

Dan
 

Timjtitus

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Sep 22, 2014
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I've got a Verizon 16gb 5 AppleCare replacement still in the plastic. Curious to see what it would be worth too.
 

danilko1

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Jun 21, 2010
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Check eBay. I am planning on selling my 64GB 5 with new battery for $300.

Unlocked you can expect that much or a little more.
 

michael31986

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Jul 11, 2008
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I put my great condition phone on eBay for 199 starting. It's unlocked gsm white 16gb. 4 days left and no bids yet. Wth
 

ToroidalZeus

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Dec 8, 2009
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I put my great condition phone on eBay for 199 starting. It's unlocked gsm white 16gb. 4 days left and no bids yet. Wth
Use Craigslist.

I got 300 for my fair (aka no scratches but dents cuz I don't use a case) 64GB slate unlocked 5.
 

exodiusprime

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Jun 24, 2010
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Just depends on the buyer. If you're in no rush to sell it, you can get a bit for a 16GB. I sold mine last Friday for $300 but I also added a cable, charging block, headphones, and a battery case. Don't put it up for less than you want to sell it for. if anything, put it up for a higher (but reasonable) amount and wait for someone to say something like "I'll give you $270 for it today".
 

Cool Pup

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Jun 18, 2010
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Poor condition phones likely won't get you much, I'd say 130 and that's a high guess. Good condition 5s could get you about 200.
 

milhouse994

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Apr 8, 2010
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Go to eBay. Feed in all the criteria that match your phone. They actually have a set of filters at the top that let you select capacity, color etc from drop downs.

Then hit the "sold listings" checkbox. This way you're looking at phone that have actually sold and you can get a good idea of what people will pay. Otherwise you're just looking at what people *want* to sell their phones for... rarely the same thing!
 

princealyy

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Mar 27, 2011
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Wait a bit to sell your phones, when a new iPhone or any new phone comes out, the knee jerk reaction is to sell phones and the market gets flooded. I sold my 5s before the launch and got $500. But now the price is probably closer to $380... Wait a few weeks/ a month or so and the prices will readjust... This is probably the worst time to sell the phone in my opinion.

Now if you have a iPhone 6 or Plus to sell.... then get on it, and get ready for some hate!! :)

I do this with cars to, we bought on recently and waited a few months and bought the SAME car (no same model, the same VIN) for 15 - 18% off from the December price just for waiting a few months <== that felt great...
 

Xian Zhu Xuande

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What can my 5 fetch me?

I listed my white 64 GB iPhone 5, good condition (recent Apple replacement), 7.1.2 Jailbroken and unlocked with a 'buy now' at $450. Sold shortly after I listed so I may have priced it below value (or priced it just about perfectly). This was a few days ago.

You can definitely get a better price online, even with a degraded condition and reduced battery capacity, than you can through most trade in programs. It's a matter of convenience. And if you can unlock or jailbreak, go for it: it adds value.
 

Sparkeze

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Sep 18, 2014
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Just depends on the buyer. If you're in no rush to sell it, you can get a bit for a 16GB. I sold mine last Friday for $300 but I also added a cable, charging block, headphones, and a battery case. Don't put it up for less than you want to sell it for. if anything, put it up for a higher (but reasonable) amount and wait for someone to say something like "I'll give you $270 for it today".
I have a 18mo 16gb 5 Verizon unlocked phone in perfect condition and am going to trade it in at Tmobile for $230 when I receive my new phone. I guess that sounds like a pretty good price for it, considering I won't have to deal with selling.
 

Domdog31

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Mar 14, 2011
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a little late to the OP - but I just "recycled" my iphone5 at Apple and got $205. It was pretty beat up too....took a whole 15min to get it done too. Couldn't of been easier.
 

tjl3

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It's crazy seeing a 5 sell above $300, I never would have guessed it. Considering it is a discontinued model and currently the bottom of the pecking order. I ended up trading in at the Apple Store for $205 like a few others, but if you can get over $300, I would go for it. Between $205 and $300 I'd say it's too much of a hassle.
 

Leonard1818

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Wow, I too am sorta astonished about the iPhone 5 being worth that much!! I have a PRISTINE, Brand new (apple refurb) iPhone 5 64GB Verizon model just sitting on my desk. doing nothing. It is our "insurance" phone for if something happens to my wife's 5s, but now I'm debating whether it's worth selling if I could get $300 for it and then buying her an iPhone 6. Heck, I could probably sell the iPhone 5 64GB Verizon, her iPhone 5s 32GB Verizon and have enough to buy her an iPhone 6 off contract with warranty/insurance.

Hmmmm....
 

NewbieCanada

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It's crazy seeing a 5 sell above $300, I never would have guessed it. Considering it is a discontinued model and currently the bottom of the pecking order. I ended up trading in at the Apple Store for $205 like a few others, but if you can get over $300, I would go for it. Between $205 and $300 I'd say it's too much of a hassle.
Considering a new 5s is $549 for 16 GB and $599 for 32 GB, $200-300 less (with no tax) isn't unreasonable for a 5 with 64GB.
 

comptr

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Oct 25, 2007
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It's crazy seeing a 5 sell above $300, I never would have guessed it. Considering it is a discontinued model and currently the bottom of the pecking order. I ended up trading in at the Apple Store for $205 like a few others, but if you can get over $300, I would go for it. Between $205 and $300 I'd say it's too much of a hassle.

Ya I sold my iPhone 5 14 days ago for 350 on Craigslist
 

TWO2SEVEN

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Jun 27, 2010
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I sold my 32gb 5 (unlocked) here for $300 and my wife's 16gb 5 (unlocked) on Swappa for $255.

Both had some very small marks on the bezel, but the screens and backs were in perfect condition.
 

greytmom

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Well, my still working 5 has only a couple of scuffs on the bottom, but my daughter dropped it into a toilet a while back, and the water indicator was tripped. :(

I won't try to sell to an individual without full disclosure, so I'm taking my chances with Gazelle. Phone works perfectly, so maybe....
 
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