iPhone X resale value jumps to 68 percent ahead of Apple's September 12 event

iPhone X resale value jumps to 68 percent ahead of Apple's September 12 event
Was the iPhone X a hit? Plenty of analysts don’t seem to think so, with some pointing the finger at Apple’s priciest mobile device ever for Huawei’s recent climb to second place in the global smartphone vendor chart.

But in addition to keeping Cupertino’s profit margins nice and hefty, the company’s first “all-screen” design has also provided incredible value for its users. We don’t mean that in a figurative way, mind you, as the divisive but well-reviewed iOS handset already headlined a resale value report a couple of months back.

In the meantime, the iPhone X has obviously further depreciated, but not as badly as its forerunners, cousins, and market rivals. In fact, Music Magpie, known in the US as Decluttr, which can be a very handy tool for getting fast money in exchange for “your unwanted stuff”, claims that the iPhone X has “held its value higher than any other smartphone released in recent years.”

Specifically, it seems a mint-condition iPhone X is now worth only 32 percent less than back when it was originally released, which means the device has managed to retain a whopping 68 percent of its initial value after 11 months on the market.


In comparison, the iPhone 8 has depreciated 45 percent, the 8 Plus is now worth 43 percent less than last year, while Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ have plunged 46 and 48 percent in value respectively during their first four months of availability alone.

What’s interesting, although not necessarily surprising, is that the iPhone X resale value has fluctuated a little over the past few months. Six months in, the handset had already lost 45 percent of its retail price, but as the Xs and Xs Max draw near, that depreciation has diminished. Apparently, it takes time to truly appreciate this soon-to-be-discontinued bad boy. Or perhaps it’s precisely that looming discontinuation that’s making the iPhone X seem more valuable than a few months ago.

source: Music Magpie via 9To5Mac

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24 Comments

1. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

What ? People are showing interest in an about to be discontinued handset just because it is about to be discontinued? That makes no SENSE !! Who are these dumbas*es ?

4. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

People who collects action figures and stamps, the same goes to people who collect smartphones, you'd be surprised the amount of crazy people out there that collect stuff.

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Phonearena is making up that 32% drop in value. I went to that decluttr site, and punched in a 64 gb iPhone X and said it was in really good condition. They we're going to give me $553. That is a $446 drop in value. Or to be more specific that is a 44.6% drop in value for the iPhone X with decluttr. Or in other words the iPhone X retains 55.4% of it's original value. Not 68% like Phonearena is telling everyone. Don't believe me, then go to that site yourself and punch in the same data like your going to sell your iPhone X.

19. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This has nothing to do with phonearena and no they don't Check thesourcehttps://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/phone-depreciation/ You can find it all from there. And if you can't sell it higher in that site where you tested, you definately shouldn't sell it there, i can sell this X right away with the 32% discount just like the source tells.

20. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Midan I would expect nothing but lies from you. Musicmagpie.co.uk is using the exact same site layout and controls as the decluttr site. Oh, and the best part it's the same $550 for an iPhone X with 64 gb. Anyone that goes there will see the same return value, which is 55% and not 68%, especially when you go through the sale process. I find it truely amazing that Musicmagpie shows a chart over the last 11 months, and last month the iPhone X lost 45% of its value. Yet they show this month that the iPhone X only lost 32%. But when you go through the sale process it's back to losing 45% of it's value. So the seller only gets 55% of the initial layout back. Or better yet $550 back from the initial $1000.

29. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Haha. Tell em!!!! After just one year, I have never sold a phone on eBay or Swappa, for less than 60% of the original fetail price. Both Apple and Androod because I o mg buy the S or Note. What I ahev notice is that you can get a higher resell value on GSM enable phones vs CDMA ones. The Galaxy and iPhone as far as I k ow are the only ones that will work on all U# carriers after they are released from it's original network. But if course PA is also gonna find a way to manipulate data to fit their agenda. Sad.

16. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I would disagree with your first statement. Sharp Aquos , essential phone , MiMix 1 etc. are all iconic in their own rights. I agree and understand your second statement though. I have nothing against those people.

5. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

It makes sense because the iPhone is the only iconic phone. For collectors there’s nothing better to add in a collection. Get an iPhone X today resell it after 10 years for thousands.

13. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

But why the iPhone X specifically ? Is it because it is the tenth anniversary edition ?

15. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I would disagree with your first statement. Sharp Aquos , essential phone , MiMix 1 etc. are all iconic in their own rights. I agree and understand your second statement though. I have nothing against those people.

2. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Even the Galaxy Note series can't keep its value like Apple devices do.

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

No one keep the value like Xiaomi . Buy a Poco for 300$ each year and sell it for 150-200$ next year for next Poco. A new phone with latest software and hardware for just 100$ every year. Use it hard without a case.

6. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Mathematics you are still lost 35% value and take months to sale while iphone take less than 2 weeks to sale. Factor in the time for to sale you look at 55-60%

10. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

It takes months to sell iPhone... But most of Xiaomi phones are always out of stock... People are always in search of upcoming sale and stock. They are completely out of stock after 9-10 months of launch. Used Xiaomi sell like hot cakes. Mathematically, you lost ~450 on iPhone X vs ~100$ on Poco.

28. jvardon

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Papa_Ji I think your comparison is a terrible one. Xiaomi have limited supply so demand is always high for their phones. Apple have a huge international following and loyal followers so of course they have had to create huge supply chains to keep up with demand. I don't know whether Xiaomi still do their flash sales but if they do that is one of the reasons why their phones are in high demand. It's because of, potentially intentional, limited supply. When they were a smaller company this sales model was a great idea because it protected their capital from being locked up in new, unknown phones sitting in warehouses. As Xiaomi have grown in popularity and size this sales model will eventually have to be changed if they want to maximize revenue.

17. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's not 32% like phonearena wants you to believe. Go to that decluttr site and then punch in that you are going to sell a 64 gb iPhone X. You will see that declutter is only giving you $553 for your iPhone X. That is a way more than a 32% drop in value. That is a 44.6% drop in value for the iPhone X if you sell with decluttr.

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Shocker, people start asking more money for a year old iPhone as the new models are about to be released. It's so they hope the soften the blow of buying a new iPhone again. It's not rocket science.

8. G1andonly

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

It’s simple, they know that they will get years of updates vs Sammy sung giving you 2 over a three year period, well behind schedule and unable to root to flash anything new

31. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

90% of phone buyers could cRe less about updates. It's only a selling and talling point of fanatics. Not everyday consumers.

9. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This is the first year I’m genuinely not interested in the upgrade from my X.

12. datkidpatrick

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 06, 2018

people rather pay 600-700 for essentially the same phone that will come out this year instead of $1000... there's prob a higher demand right now, but the price will settle out once the new ones are announced..

22. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I just came to read the anti Apple comments...

25. Alcyone

Posts: 309; Member since: May 10, 2018

My last iPhone was an iPhone 5s (16gb). I liked it, I really did; easy to use and straightforward with operation. Just sucks that I placed it in a trash can, due to the fact the battery went bad and jacked up my board. Sh!t happens (once in a while), so I moved on. Probably gonna buy a older 6s or 7. Personally, I dont see any additions being worth pricing a phone over 1k. Just my own opinion.

27. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Best phone EVER!!!

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