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Gazelle executive says resale value of the Apple iPhone is at a record high

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Gazelle executive says resale value of the Apple iPhone is at a record high
If you watch any television at all, you've probably seen the commercial for Gazelle. This is a company that offers to buy your used handsets. Anthony Scarsella is the company's Chief Gadget Officer and every quarter he takes a look at the trends in the industry. Working for a company like Gazelle, Scarsella is uniquely qualified to discuss what is going on in the world of gadgets.

The smartphone has replaced the Apple iPod says Scarsella

The smartphone has replaced the Apple iPod says Scarsella

According to Scarsella, the Apple iPhone's re-sale value has never been higher. You can see that from the accompany chart (below), along with the strong surge in the value of Samsung handsets. As recently as 2010, Gazelle was paying more for a broken iPhone than a perfectly good Samsung handset. But along came the Samsung Galaxy S II and by the time the Samsung Galaxy S III had launched, Samsung phones were keeping the most value of any other Android manufacturer's models, second only to Apple.

The other trend spotted by Scarsella is a huge jump of 80% in the number of Apple iPods being traded in. The Chief Gadget Officer noted how things have changed greatly since the launch of the original iPod in October of 2001. So much has changed that the executive feels that Apple's MP3 player has been replaced by the use of smartphones and tablets.  According to Scarsella, this could signify the end of the Apple iPod.

source: Gazelle via TUAW

The Apple iPhone holds more of its value than phones from other manufacturers

The Apple iPhone holds more of its value than phones from other manufacturers


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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:32

1. abcdeee (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


first

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:44

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Third. Papasmurf second

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:38

11. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


mentally disorder

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:40 2

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


"...launch of the original iPad in October 2001."

Major typo there Alan.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:23

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Further major typo in the last sentence of the article - "...this could signify the end of the Apple iPad."

What a difference a vowel makes.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:55 2

14. Alan01 (Posts: 205; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Thanks guys! You know, we rarely ever mention the Apple iPod so my fingers just went to the "a" and my eyes didn't catch it!

If Gazelle's CGO is right, we won't much longer to even think about them!

Alan F.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:05

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


iP5 prices quickly depreciating, it's because the supply is catching up with demand, why buy new when you can get a new one for that price!

There was a time that you got maybe 70-80% back on the sale of Apple products, now it closes to 50-60%

What a joke, the irony of ironies, it is BB Android and Nokia that need to provide non-economic justifications for purchasing there products, that might explain signifying nothing,,,,,,!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:10

5. LDC207X (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


@Papasmurf I think he meant to say iPod?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:20 1

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yeah he did.

Also, I'm not sure if you're new to the site, but you could directly reply to my comment by hitting the reply button on my post. If you need any help, anyone on this site will be more than happy to assist you. :)

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:25

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"...you could directly reply to my comment by hitting the reply button on my post."

Like I did. :-)

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 02:23

19. LDC207X (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


thanks papasmurf, your like the coolest guy. Im not really new to the website, i just finally signed up to reply to some people on here. Its freaking hilarious what they say sometimes lmao

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:13 1

6. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I would suspect Apple holds their value better because their phones don't change as much. The differences between the SG2, SG3, and now SG4 are pretty good. The differences between an 4 and 4S aren't that much so you can buy an older phone and not really loose features on the current model. Model 5 finally had an increase in screen size.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:39 2

12. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


It probably has a lot more to do with the fact Samsung and every other Android device maker makes a lot of cheaper models that they sell alongside their flagships, and they all fit under the Android embrella. No one Android phone individually outsells the iPhone; there's tons of Android phones, it's a saturated market, and none of them get the individual attention the iPhone gets.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 07:37

16. Aeires (unregistered)


I think you both have some great points. In regards to your point, it would be interesting to see specific resale value on individual phones instead of just lumping the entire OEM into one category. I'm guessing there wouldn't be too many surprises, the lower end phones have less resale value and the flagship phones would. I'm at work and Ebay is blocked but I'm sure the results would indicate this if I was able to look it up.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:32

10. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


This post is factually,textually and actually incorrect at sm points......nd happy Holi everyone!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 22:40 2

13. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


And you didn't bother pointing any of them out. . .

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 23:01

15. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


Hmmm that's weird because the 4 throught the 5 are selling for the lowest I've seen on Ebay. Apple products definitely have the best resale value though.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 08:11

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Its the same phone. Plus its the highest theft phone rated ever

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 18:29

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The thefts will decrease. Now that apple is going the cheap route maybe people will start keeping their phones in their pockets as the "I'm a someone because I have an iphone" mentality is slowly going away.

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