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iPhone buy back programs

3766 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 23, 2012 3:57 PM by nelphos RSS
jimmy pockets Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 23, 2012 1:35 PM

Does anyone know of any in-store iPhone buy back programs? I have an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 3GS, and I'd like to see if I can get any money for them before I junk them or give them away to friends/family.


I called AT&T today to say i had just received my iPhone 5 friday and wanted to sell back my old ones. They gave me a ball park of $50-$80 for the 3GS and $120 and up for the 4. He said I could receive cash, in-store credit, or immediately put it towards a new phone. So I got in my car and drove 30 min to the closest AT&T. When I got there she quoted the 3GS at $60 and the 4 at about $135. "Deal, I'll just take the cash", I said. She told me they don't offer cash for iPhones, so I frustratedly and hesitantly told her to just apply the value to my bill. At least I get about 2 months free service right? Wrong. She said the only thing she could give me was an in-store credit for a phone or accessories. I explained to her that I just spoke to someone on the phone at their location and he said cash. She then asked me if she should go ahead and return them for credit. I said no and angrily described to her that I don't need a second iPhone 5, nor do I need a $190 gift card to spend on their huge selection of about 2 total iPhone 5 accessories. I thanked her for one of their employees wasting an hour of my time, and I left.


Has anyone had better luck anywhere else? I'd rather do it in-store so I can be given a value up front, instead of mailing it in on a quote, and then receiving far less in the long run based on someone's opinion of normal wear and tare.

  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 1:57 PM (in response to jimmy pockets)

    Selling them on eBay or Craigslist is probably your best bet.  Some sites like gazelle may buy your gear but usually for apittance.

  • Joe5150 Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:50 PM (in response to Tgara)

    Gazelle bought my 4s for$266 and my iPhone 4 for $165, very simple process.

  • iPhoNettie Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to jimmy pockets)

    GameStop has a trade-in program.  You can opt for cash or store credit.  You'll get more in store credit than cash.  Just check out their website.   I got about $300 for my 4s.  

  • nelphos Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:57 PM (in response to Joe5150)

    I second the Gazelle option. It couldn't be any easier.  Yeah, you'll get more on Ebay or Craigslist, but I like the no hassle approach on Gazelle.  You choose your phone, select the condition, print a label, and ship it to them.  A few days later, you'll have money in your PayPal account.  You can also get an Amazon gift card or they'll send you a check.  If you don't have a box, they'll ship you one (postage already prepaid). 


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