Worth "investing" in iPhones?

gladoscc

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Should I buy an iPhone 5, brand new in shrink wrap, and then sell it 5 or 10 years later? What kinds of ROI will I get?
 

charliecc

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Should I buy an iPhone 5, brand new in shrink wrap, and then sell it 5 or 10 years later? What kinds of ROI will I get?
5 or 10 years, try 50 or 60, and even then I'd be surprised. The best bet would prob have been getting the original iPhone, I would expect that to be the most valuable in many years to come.
 

Mercenary

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The original iPhone would be of some value. Especially as they didn't sell as many. The ip5 has sold in such volume it won't be worth anything.
 

needfx

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an antique to be characterized as an antique, must be older than 35 years old.

But large production volumes of a specific product, means that there will be plenty of future old iphone 5s in 35 years or so, so the reselling price won't be anything astonishing.

just see how many antique cameras are around and the selling price of most of them today
 

SpyderBite

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A collectible is only worth as much as somebody is willing to pay for it. And that is dictated by the number of similar collectibles in existence in the same or better condition. I thought my Daredevil #1 in mint condition was going to bankroll my college education. Unfortunately, so did the other 6603 owners of the same comic in the same condition at the time.
 

mattopotamus

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The original iPhone would be of some value. Especially as they didn't sell as many. The ip5 has sold in such volume it won't be worth anything.
This. If you had an original, new in box it could sell for 10K to a collector.
 

Meanee

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I think a lot of "what will it be worth in X years" has to do with what is the significance of the device.

First iPhone should be valuable, iPhone 5? Nope.
First G1 should be valuable. Any random HTC/Samsung phone now? Nope.

Ask yourself, why would a collector want it?
 

Leonard1818

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it may be illegal to resell in 5 or 10 years.. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/your-right-to-resell-your-own-stuff-is-in-peril-2012-10-04/

Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons and the first-sale doctrine in copyright law is being challenged for any products made abroad.. So you would basically have to get permission from the copyright holder to sell your iphone. ..
Very interesting read but...

the premise of that case is insane. So a dude discovered that some book publisher was horribly ripping people off in the U.S. and capitalized on it. If only U.S. was a capitalist country.... oh wait...

Shame on the book publisher for not recognizing what a "global economy" is.
 

Kissaragi

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The only time it could ever work is buying 2 or 3 at launch then selling a few days later on ebay when supplies are tight for a small profit.
 

mattopotamus

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Back on track, the original iPhone is 5 years old and the original iPod is over 10 years old. Look at what mint versions of both are selling for.
Agreed, but that is because they were revolutionary and originals. Anything after will not have that same effect.
 

Mercenary

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The very first Mac is worth money. Do you see people making a fortune off of one of those see through coloured iMacs? Nope, firsts are worth money, same for comics and novels. Everything else isnt.

Interesting, if you goto the Apple recycle program website and price up an original launch day iPhone in working condition with cable and no damage apple will give you £3.
 

jlake02

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Hold on, let me hop into my time machine to let you know what kind of "return on investment" you'll be getting in 5-10 years...brb
When you're there can you bring back some lottery numbers please? Oh and the stock page from the Wall Street Journal.

Thanks :D
 

avanpelt

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An iPhone is not an investment. It is a tool. . .or a toy. . .depending on your age and your place in life.

Homes, mutual funds, and 401k funds are investments, my friend.
 

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