Will an unopened 5c be worth something in the future?

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  1. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    except the white 3gs of course, it's the first actual colored iphone.

    what do you guys think keep it sealed or use it?
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Kind of depends on why you bought it...to use it, or save it as an investment.

    I'm sure it's value will soar in 200-300 years!:rolleyes:
     
  3. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 601

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    thanks shrink, i just need to drink an extra dose of immortality to wait for that day LOL
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Not really, collector items are typically rare products, iPhones are a consumable electronic device. There is nothing rare about it, especially since Apple has (or will) make millions of them.

    If you paid $$ for a phone, you're wasting your money by not using it, you'll get a better return on your money if you put it in a bank.
     
  5. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 601

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    no need to tell me twice about savings and investing. but yea the reason being is that i have 2 iphone 5c in my collection. i was wondering if i should use the opened one and keep the sealed OR sell the open one and use the new 5c.

    ahhh first world problems right? LULZ
     
  6. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    It depends on how long you are willing to wait. As someone already posted; the 5c will probably not make you rich; but somewhere down the line your heirs bring it on Antiques Roadshow in 2400 or 2500 and strike it big! Provided they keep it that long...
     
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Even if you keep it sealed in its package won't the battery still age and not work at all in a decade or so? I'm not sure about that though.

    Also, you have to consider that we may be using different frequencies in the years to come--and possibly even different communications tech altogether. So, when you pull it out of the box in 2040 there will no signal to connect it to.
     
  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Sell one of them, either one that you want, and that should do it.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You should invest in something different if you're looking for long term investment opportunities.
    Not a phone that was mass produced and sold millions. Its not even the 1st model and wont be the last iphone. Sell it now while it has some value cause in a few years it will be worth around $100 or so.
     
  10. davew41 macrumors member

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    sell it and buy a little chunk of gold, that gold will be worth more in the future then the 5c.
     
  11. braddick macrumors 68040

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    If you're going to go this route, I'd do so with the yellow version as less than 5% of all 5c's are yellow. Also make it the 32GB as that is even scarcer.
     
  12. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Mort likely it won't be worth anything in the future. The reason is simple there will be an adequate quantity around also remember it's not unique (limited edition) or a first generation product so why would it be worth anything.
     
  13. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    What's an old Betamax worth?
    or an 8 track player?

    Sell it asap.
     
  14. SestoElemento macrumors newbie

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    It won't be worth anything! Selling would be the best idea.
     
  15. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    I disagree. The iPod Classics that are sealed, are over 25k, the sealed iPod touches 1st gen, are selling for 500 and up, sealed iphone 1st gen is 1k...I could go on. In 10 years, it might be worth something...but I'd get something sealed like an iphone 4 since it's already 3 yo.
     
  16. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    OP, you should have asked prior to buying it. ;)
     
  17. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    I was thinking of purchasing a white 5C, but not for investment purposes. But for simply having one unopened, sealed to be opened in a not-so distant future. I may just get both 6 and a 5C once the 6 is released and decide then.
     
  18. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    If this is the same phone he has discussed before he won it at work :)
     
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    The only iphone worth anything would be an original iphone sealed.
     
  20. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yup same one... I got two 5cs now and I've been trying to sell both and see if I can sell one, but no bites, unless im pricing them wrong. Used 459, and sealed NIB 500. are these high?
     
  21. etxetxiki macrumors newbie

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    I still have a working white 3g!
     
  22. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    If they aren't selling it may be a little high. Unfortunately for private sellers (and fortunately for the average consumer) the cost to go in to the carrier's store and get a phone has gotten a lot lower.

    That being said, there are still plenty of people who would rather buy outright and not have to be on a contract, or people who have broken their device that would like a replacement.

    Best of luck with your sale(s)!
     
  23. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 601

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    I had a fully converted 3gs before, back and front white. It was slick :)

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    thanks man, just gotta be patient I guess.
     
  24. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a

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    Used it or sell it, there is no point keeping it sealed :)
     
  25. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    No. Electronics that have value are extremely rare and usually first of their kind. A cell phone made in the millions will not be valuable at any point.
     

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