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Iphone 3Gs Market - July 27, 2010, 05:45 PM

So apparently there is a big foreign market around here for the Iphone 3Gs (maybe even 3G). A buddy of mine just sold his 3Gs on Craigslist for $325! He said that after he posted it, he got FLOODED with emails from foreigners. The guy he finally sold it to today is actually in the US playing for the Capitals. If I heard him correctly, this guy plays on some Eastern European farm team and is out here practicing/playing with the Caps. He told my friend that phones over there are like $700. They can buy them here in America for ~$300, replace a $5 chip/simcard and use it in their home country.


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Sold my iPhone 3GS a couple weeks ago to a guy in Thailand for 475$


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Yeah unlocked 3Gs gets major $$ overseas.


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Incidentally, this is because most people overseas cannot buy subsidized phones. So where we pay 199$-299$ (with a 2 year contract) for a phone, they pay the full unsubsidized price, which is 600-800$.

This is the same if you buy a contract-free phone as well. It's not that the phones are cheaper here, its just that the carrier pays the difference between what the manufacturer normally charges for the phone and your subsidized price since they have you locked into a contract, and that's where they make their money from in the long run.


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Incidentally, this is because most people overseas cannot buy subsidized phones. So where we pay 199$-299$ (with a 2 year contract) for a phone, they pay the full unsubsidized price, which is 600-800$.

This is the same if you buy a contract-free phone as well. It's not that the phones are cheaper here, its just that the carrier pays the difference between what the manufacturer normally charges for the phone and your subsidized price since they have you locked into a contract, and that's where they make their money from in the long run.
Oh yeah! My buddy mentioned that this guy said something about that. Apparently there is something with the new Iphone that wont work for what they are doing so its gotta be a 3G or 3Gs.


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its true... when I go back home i make a huge profit selling used unlocked phones
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Damn, I never knew this! Usually most Euro/Asian countries could care less about the phones we have because not only are they usually a half generation behind, but they don't have nearly the amount of available features & options.

If anything, US people geeks wanted imported Grey Market Foreign cellies and happily pay a mark-up/premium for them.

So my question to the guys who are going the other way on the resell side (US > For), is this demand specific to the Iphone or are all unlocked GSM capable models in demand?



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I sold mine to my buddy for $150. :/


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July 27, 2010, 07:42 PM

I tried this, just for grins. 350 for a 16gb 3gs... 12 replies in less than 30 minutes.


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My 3GS 32GB + Mophie Juicebox is currently listed on eBay. 2 days left and its at $313.

Sold on eBay for $385. I should have left out the Mophie juice pack.

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July 27, 2010, 09:22 PM

i sold my unlocked white 3gs a month before the iphone 4 release, got $650 for that sucker


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Kinda mad I sold mine so cheap now. Oh well.


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July 27, 2010, 11:08 PM

Still have my 3Gs.. was gonna keep it but at these prices what the hell. Another reason to like the iPhone.. resale value I wonder how many people are interested in paying over $300 for a year old Android or BB.
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