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Androids lose resale value faster than iPhones, study shows

09 February, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Androids lose resale value faster than iPhones, study shows - read the full textAn interesting new startup called Priceonomics tackles a question that we all face eventually - how much can I sell my old phone for? According to their research, iPhones have the best resale value, while Android is almost tied with BlackBerrys in this respect. If you try to sell your 18-month...

 

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> In reply to cleo @ 2012-02-09 17:11 from sEDx - click to readExactly! People need to understand this rather than, "iPhones are innovative and Android sucks".

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  • 2012-02-09 18:45
  • nyq2

in qatar you can sell used iphone 4 for 75% to 80% deneding on the condition of the phone.... locked iphone fetch more than 50%...can you beat that.

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  • 2012-02-09 18:40
  • pu2T

any apple product dont lose much price and they dont even chnage the price on their website only when new devies comes out

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  • 2012-02-09 18:19
  • Lh@5

this is due to fierce competition among phone manufacturers. For example samsung is competing with HTC, LG etc. How to win the war? sales, which means you somehow need to find a way to convince customer to buy your phone. Naturally prices is one of the way to convince customer, not to mention when certain parts (processor, gpu just to name a few) are mass produced the price gets cheaper which means manufacturer can lower their phone's price to attract more customer. Just an opinion thou..

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  • 2012-02-09 18:18
  • ibbs

> In reply to Carphone Guy @ 2012-02-09 17:32 from M3s@ - click to readHow about customers with cracked screens (weak, plastic bezel on the iPhone means slight pressure at edge from keys or coins will make it shatter)? Or worn-out batteries which they can't replace themselves?

It seems to me that a lot of the problems with iPhones are deliberately engineered-in by Apple

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  • 2012-02-09 18:13
  • m0@V

Buying an iPhone in many cases is a 'Style Statement' rather than a pragmatic or technical-based decision

Of course it will therefore maintain its value while it remains 'fashionable' - the value is all 'perception' and nothing really to do with functionality. One day, however, iPhones will no longer be fashionable...

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  • 2012-02-09 18:09
  • m0@V

Ultimately we sell hardware not os. So os can't be the only reason fo these graphs. Stupid analytics.

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  • 2012-02-09 17:51
  • vGt9

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-02-09 17:34 from 3ZQE - click to readhmm not sure about innovation, because in 2011 there were only dual core phones no upgrade while iphone too got dual core...while in 2010 there were 1ghz processors, they lose their value because they obsolete and few receive updates...

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  • 2012-02-09 17:51
  • sSPk

its' normal.iPhone is a premmium,androids 90% of them are entry level phones...case closed.

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  • 2012-02-09 17:45
  • p3By

It's because there is more innovation on the Android side, hence models lose value faster.

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  • 2012-02-09 17:34
  • 3ZQE

This is what i tell ALL my customers instore.
Its better to spend the little extra and get a phone that we be more reliable and less problematic (iPhone, we have around 1-5% of them back) and when you reach the end of your contarct, you can claw back a big chunk of your money spend during the period you had it.
Samsung on the other hand, yes there phones are still reliable (GS2...we have about 20-30% of them back for repair within 6months) but they bring out a flagship handset every 6months, meaning over the average 2year contract providing you buy the top end hadset at the time, with an average value of £400, your handset will be 4th in line come the 2 years is up..lets say it loses 20% of its value every 6 months...it will be worth just £100..this is andriod's downfall. ( and we all know what
iPhone on the other hand with retain its value for faaar longer than any other...better off spending a little more at the beggining and getting more back at the end.

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  • 2012-02-09 17:32
  • M3s@

does this mean iphone is better? not!!!!!

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  • 2012-02-09 17:30
  • vaPZ

Not only the resale value is high also the purchase value is very high . You can get a driod ranging from 10000 to 40000 Rupees but you have to afford a lot that is 40000 to buy an iphone so apple always sucks

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  • 2012-02-09 17:26
  • 7qBE

I dont understand the point of this article. Apple control the selling price of their products through contractural agreements with the retailers so 2nd hand price will always stay artificially inflated due to minimal if no decrease in new price. Also a Mercedes SL500 depreciates very fast - does this mean its a crapper car than a Golf? Think not

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  • 2012-02-09 17:16
  • sXxP

that's not surprising.
newer model of android phone is coming out almost every month. no wonder they get obsolete fast.

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  • 2012-02-09 17:11
  • sEDx

> In reply to Imyta @ 2012-02-09 17:06 from mtsx - click to readThis new was about selling your old phones.

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  • 2012-02-09 17:08
  • MmHp

It's just like with computers: Everyone says that buy your computer in parts, because you get it cheaper and Macs are so freaking expensive (In phones: everyone says buy an Android, iPhone sucks). But still In phones iPhones resale prices is higher as old than Android, and in computers; You buy an really expensive Mac, and you get more back than same specsed computer cost, when you sell it again.

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  • 2012-02-09 17:07
  • MmHp

wowzers, wildfirings still holding such a high percentage. what a unbelievable stat, can it be a fact?!
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  • 2012-02-09 17:07
  • L16p

I will disagree with your statistics,i live in the Baltic Region and iphones cost a lot,they do not lose their value. For example you can get an Iphone 4 for 400$(average) Galaxy S2 also 400$ (average),but blackberries literally don't cost anything BB torch(200$ or less) (average).

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  • 2012-02-09 17:06
  • mtsx

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