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What's with everyone suddenly taking smartphone trade-ins?
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Sep 12, 2013, 08:06 PM
 
All of a sudden, Apple, Verizon, Radio Shack, and more are accepting smartphone trade-ins.

Did they just now decide it's profitable?

Is this the first time in history that two year old phones haven't been completely worthless?

Has this been going on forever and I've been too stupid to notice?
     
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Sep 12, 2013, 08:08 PM
 
And where are these phones going? Are they sending them to China?
     
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Sep 12, 2013, 08:59 PM
 
There have been online trade-in services for awhile now.

Most old phones are only worth $10 or so in these programs, though. That's the part they don't tell you.
     
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Sep 12, 2013, 09:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by iMOTOR View Post
And where are these phones going? Are they sending them to China?
They are selling them on eBay.

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Sep 13, 2013, 12:10 AM
 
All those refurbished Moto Droids you see on ebay? That's where they come from.
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Sep 13, 2013, 12:24 AM
 
I'm thinking one-year development cycle meeting two-year contracts.

Also, stupidity. Every plan I've heard sounds like a scam.
     
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Sep 13, 2013, 12:28 AM
 
Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
There have been online trade-in services for awhile now.

Most old phones are only worth $10 or so in these programs, though. That's the part they don't tell you.
Yes, rip-offs like Gazelle have existed for a while. But all of a sudden in the past month or so it seems that OEMs and actual carriers are taking trade-ins. That's what I'm asking about.
     
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Sep 13, 2013, 12:33 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I'm thinking one-year development cycle meeting two-year contracts.

Also, stupidity. Every plan I've heard sounds like a scam.
Radio Shack and Verizon both quoted me $100 for an iPhone 4. There a bunch listed on my local Craigslist for ~$100. Is $50 worth avoiding the hassle and potential robbery/rape of Craigslist? Maybe.
     
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Sep 13, 2013, 12:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Yes, rip-offs like Gazelle have existed for a while. But all of a sudden in the past month or so it seems that OEMs and actual carriers are taking trade-ins. That's what I'm asking about.
Is Gazelle a rip or are you paying for low-friction?
     
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Sep 13, 2013, 01:20 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Is Gazelle a rip or are you paying for low-friction?
They offered me $15 for a 16GB iPod Touch, I sold it on CL for $85.

I haven't priced checked anything with them since.

edit: Gazelle offers $75 for a "flawless" iPhone 4 16GB on Verizon

edit 2: Gazelle offers $325 for a "flawless" iPhone 5 16GB on Verizon, Radio Shack offers $250, Verizon offers $300.
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Sep 13, 2013, 01:30 AM
 
The only thing I can figure Gazelle is doing is helping launder stolen goods, offering an easy buck with no questions.
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Sep 13, 2013, 01:48 AM
 
Still seems like a relatively decent deal to me. Tack on an extra 10% from promo codes and Amazon money.
     
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Sep 13, 2013, 02:01 AM
 
MS is offering a $200 iPad trade-in now.

http://legacy.macnn.com/articles/13/...ad.of.upgrade/
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Sep 13, 2013, 11:06 AM
 
Huh. They must be getting desperate?

Last night in the mall, walked past a tiny Apple store (our area has tons) and a huge Microsoft store, 2 doors away. The microsoft store was empty, one person and the employees were standing in the doorway. The apple store was of course crowded.

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Sep 13, 2013, 11:31 AM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
All of a sudden, Apple, Verizon, Radio Shack, and more are accepting smartphone trade-ins.

Did they just now decide it's profitable?

Is this the first time in history that two year old phones haven't been completely worthless?

Has this been going on forever and I've been too stupid to notice?
It coincides with the early upgrade plans.
     
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Sep 14, 2013, 10:14 AM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Huh. They must be getting desperate?

Last night in the mall, walked past a tiny Apple store (our area has tons) and a huge Microsoft store, 2 doors away. The microsoft store was empty, one person and the employees were standing in the doorway. The apple store was of course crowded.

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The Microsoft store is the dog house for badly behaving Apple employees.

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