When I traded in my iPhone 3GS of two and a half years, I managed to get a pretty good price for it, especially considering the home button was a bit wonky and some of the chrome on the edges were chipped and the back was pretty scratched up. However when I decided to trade in my Blackberry Bold 9900 which was used for less than half a year, the price I got for it was equivalent to the iPhone 3GS despite it being much newer and being in much, much better condition. Given the popularity of Apple’s iPhone devices, we guess some customers are willing to own an old and battered up iPhone for the sake of it, and interestingly according to the folks at popular trade in website, Gazelle, it seems that the value of a broken iPhone 4S with a completely shattered display is worth as much, if not slightly more, than an almost-mint condition Samsung Galaxy S2 or Galaxy Nexus. This is pretty interesting considering that all three phones were released in 2011, not to mention that the buyer will probably need to fork out even more money to get the phone fixed up, but we guess this just goes to show the lengths and the price some people are willing to pay to own an Apple iOS device (think the selling of kidneys and virginities).
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