Used iPhones flood the market anticipating the iPhone 5
With rumors spreading that the new smartphone will be long and sleek, with 4G LTE and a smaller dock, iPhone owners work to get rid of their old devices to be ready for the upgrade.
With hours ticking down before, old iPhones are flooding the market. eBay and Craigslist are full of them, and companies that specialize in buying back used mobile devices are reportedly busier than ever.
According to USA Today, NextWorth, which buys back used phones and gives quotes on their worth, had a record number of iPhone quote requests the past three weeks. From August 17 to September 6, requests for quotes increased by 610 percent over the same period before the launch of the iPhone 4S.
This may be because many iPhone owners didn't upgrade from the 4 to the 4S since the device didn't appear to be much different. However, withhaving a completely different body shape, dock connector, and displays, people may be ready for a change.
Currently on eBay, there are more than 6,000 used
CNET's Marguerite Reardonon when they should sell their used iPhone if they plan to shell out for the upgrade. Her recommendation was based on advice from NextWorth, which said that as the rumor mill churns prior to the launch of a new iPhone trade-in prices start declining and that it's best to sell used iPhones as soon as possible.
Although the new iPhone is sure to wow many users, there are still people that believe the older versions will continue to suffice since. So, not to worry -- unlike a few years ago, last year's model won't look like an outdated relic.
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