What holds more value...

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  2. convergent macrumors 68000

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    My wild guess would be that the 64G is going to be the best residual vs. original price.... but marginally. I would think the 16G is going to be the hardest to sell used, and so you'd end up lowering the price to sell it. The 128G is overkill for most people so they aren't going to be willing to pay more for it. That leaves the 64G as probably the best to turn over used.
     
  3. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    What about the 32GB VS 128GB iPad Pro?
     
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  5. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Definitely not the 16GB.
     
  6. convergent macrumors 68000

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    32G should be plenty capable, so again the higher priced device will depreciate more in my opinion.
     
  7. Liquinn thread starter Suspended

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    I thought 128GB would hold more value as it's more value.
     
  8. bkends35 macrumors 6502a

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    The 128gb iPhone 6's are going for almost identical to the 64gb.

    The 64gb aren't usually going for $100 more than the 16gb, leaving the 16gb to hold the highest percent of it's value.
     
  9. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    64 is enough, and 16 is not enough for most, and 128 GB is more than most people need. There for common sense is 64 is just right
     
  10. iNinja08 macrumors regular

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    The only differentiating factor between phones is color, GB and supported LTE bands(Well now also who manufactured the cpu/other components but that aside)

    The best value is 128gb, personally I think Apple is skipping 32gb on the 7/7s and will have 64gb be the bottom tier with only 2 offerings 64/128. That being said 128gb will hold higher value longer, but either 64gb or 128gb will both have the same short term value based on initial purchase price.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Traditionally the lowest end model has generally held the most value. Holding value doesn't mean what sells for the most. Whatever sells for the ghihest percentage of what it originally cost is what you're looking for here.

    This changed last year with the 64GB, and if I am looking for a reason, it's because there were much more "mid grade" models on the market than ever before, because consumers actually saw a value in dropping an extra $100 for an additional 48GB of storage versus a measely 16 for $100.

    The 128 will likely be an easier/faster sell though.
     
  12. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Go to Swappa.com and do the math.

    For an example, compare iPhone 6 models. Compare their retail prices ($650, $750, $850) to their average selling prices now.
     
  13. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    All you can really do is look at current sales for prior models and see if you can discern a trend (while realizing that past performance is never a guarantee of future performance). Don't rely on assumption.
     
  14. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Ok, @keysofanxiety , @Liquinn & @lordofthereef , I did the math from Swappa.com because I'm procrastinating a work project.

    The following numbers are for an unlocked iPhone 6 (A1549):

    • 16GB ($650) - Aug. $510 (78.5%) | Sept. $456 (70%) | Oct. $420 (64.5%)
    • 64GB ($750) - Aug. $576 (77%) | Sept. $502 (67%) | Oct. $458 (61%)
    • 128GB ($850) - Aug. $618 (73%) | Sept. $553 (65%) | Oct. $502 (59%)
    So there you have it, the 16GB, ON AVERAGE, has the best resell value, followed by the 64Gb, and the 128GB has the worst resell value. Now this isn't to say that it will be easiest to sell, as 16GB is typically the most ubiquitous, but it does give the greatest return on "investment."

    -WMT
     
  15. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    +1. People buying used tend to be more price sensitive. Historically, the lowest capacity iPhone model has always had best resale value. Typically, you only get 50 cents return on the dollar (or less) for higher capacities.
     
  16. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    The numbers also hold true for the iPhone 5(S). As of Oct:
    • 16GB - 39.7% | 32GB - 39% | 64GB - 37%
     
  17. iNinja08 macrumors regular

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    So this is regarding resale value, not actual value?
    Based on the Oct #s from your math

    16GB= $26.25 pr/gb
    64GB= $7.16 pr/gb
    128GB= $3.92 pr/gb

    I was thinking actual value pr gb, not resale value. As far as thats concerned 128gb is 6.7x more valuable than a 16gb per gb

    Interesting though.
     
  18. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I'm sorry, but I don't understand your question. What's he difference between a used phone's "actual" value and its "resale" value?

    The price per GB is an interesting metric though.
     
  19. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    For me, I only care about resale value of what I have now. ;)
     
  20. iNinja08 macrumors regular

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    Initially I was thinking about the value as one purchasing the phone, not as one selling the phone. And value for the money, vs value of resale %.

    Ultimately I was thinking of value per GB initially
     

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