Worth "investing" in iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gladoscc, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. gladoscc macrumors 6502

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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?
     
  2. sdsvtdriver macrumors 65816

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    try it and then come back and post a follow up.
     
  3. tl01 macrumors 65816

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    Seriously... 5-10 years later? This is a joke right?
     
  4. charliecc macrumors regular

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    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.
     
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  6. Mercenary macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  7. andyx3x macrumors 65816

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    You'll get back exactly what you paid for it. Or less.
     
  8. needfx macrumors 68040

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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
     
  9. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

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    I still see people using the original iPhone, so this can't be too far fetched.
     
  10. SpyderBite macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  11. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

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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
     
  12. ixodes macrumors 601

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    ROI & iPhones are diametrical.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    This. If you had an original, new in box it could sell for 10K to a collector.
     
  14. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  15. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
  16. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    "Invest" and "phone" should never be used in the same sentence.
     
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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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.
     
  18. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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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.
     
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Agreed, but that is because they were revolutionary and originals. Anything after will not have that same effect.
     
  20. Mercenary macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  21. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Must be this.

    Or somebody hoping to get their 1st grade diploma soon.

    Are you freakin kidding me?
     
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  23. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    When you're there can you bring back some lottery numbers please? Oh and the stock page from the Wall Street Journal.

    Thanks :D
     
  24. avanpelt macrumors 68020

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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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