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Where to Sell The iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S for the Best Price

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One of the easiest ways to pay for the iPhone 5 is to sell the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to a trade in service like Gazelle, NextWorth and others for a fast payment without meeting a stranger in the McDonald’s parking lot.

The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S trade in prices remain steady over the past week, but are down as much as $60 since August 10th, and we expect prices to drop significantly when the new iPhone is announced at special event tomorrow.

Anthony Scarsella, Chief Gadget Officer at Gazelle.com tells GottaBeMobile that, iPhone trade in prices are, “definitely going to drop”, after the announcement. Scarsella recommends locking in an iPhone trade in price today before the drop starts. The chart below shows the predicted price drop for iPhone 4S trade in value after the iPhone 5 announcement.

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Predicted drop in iPhone 4s trade in prices after the iPhone 5 announcement.

In the past 30 days Gazelle served up 1.2 million iPhone price offers, five times more than the 30-day period ahead of the iPhone 4S announcement. Gazelle also reports a 600% increase in iPhone trade ins accepted compared to 30 days before the iPhone 4S.

iPhones aren’t the only item users are trading in ahead of the iPhone 5 announcement. Scarsella tells us that BlackBerry trades are up 30% over last week with the BlackBerry Torch 9800 up 100% in that same timeframe.

The following deals will change tomorrow after the announcement, and likely drop another 10% or more by the September 21st iPhone 5 release date.

All deals offer the ability to lock in a price for 7 or more days, with Gazelle and NextWorth offering lock in protection well after the iPhone 5 release date.

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Sell the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to pay for the iPhone 5 upgrade.

iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 Trade in Prices

The following prices show the trade in price for the base model and the highest capacity model on AT&T at the trade in sites. The Verizon and Sprint iPhones typically receive a slightly smaller trade in value.

Gazelle – Up to $400

The best deal for users that want fast cash for an old iPhone.

  • iPhone 4 Flawless - $149 to $160
  • iPhone 4 Good - $134 to $146
  • iPhone 4S Flawless - $305 to $400
  • iPhone 4S Good - $277 to $290

Amazon – Up to $500

The best deal for users that spend a lot of money on Amazon, especially Amazon Prime members.

  • iPhone 4 Flawless - $230 to $290
  • iPhone 4 Good - $195 to $246
  • iPhone 4S Flawless - $405 to $500
  • iPhone 4S Good - $344 to $425

NextWorth – Up to $295

Good for users who want to earn extra rewards referring friends or trade in at a store.

  • iPhone 4 - $136 to $162
  • iPhone 4S - $278 to $295

eBay Instant – Up to $400

The best bet for eBay fans who don’t want to risk the price dropping dramatically after the announcement.

  • iPhone 4 - $163 to $308
  • iPhone 4S - $294 to $400

Glyde – Up To $403

The best choice for users who are ok with a more traditional selling route.

  • iPhone 4 Speed Sale - $141 to $165
  • iPhone 4 Regular Sale - $214 to $248
  • iPhone 4S Speed Sale - $255 to $313
  • iPhone 4S Regular Sale - $34 to $403

Apple – Up To $345

Apple’s offer is OK, but users can’t trade in at the local store, and they won’t likely receive the gift card before the iPhone 5 release date.

  • iPhone 4 Flawless - $155 to $185
  • iPhone 4 Good - $105 to $135
  • iPhone 4S Flawless - $285 to $345
  • iPhone 4S Good - $235 to $295

The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 offer the most value, but users can still trade in the iPhone 3GS for up to $78 in cash or up to $145 in Amazon credit. iPhone 3GS owners might see a better return selling on Craigslist or to a friend.

How iPhone Trade Ins Work

Unlike selling the iPhone on Craigslist or eBay, trading in the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to one of these companies is a quick and painless process. All of these companies will provide a shipping label and or box to send the iPhone in.

Once you have the iPhone 5, you box up the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S and send it off. After about 7 to 10 business days you should receive confirmation of the condition and payment will start. For PayPal payments receipt is almost instant, in other cases the check will be mailed to you.

The video below explains the iPhone selling and trade in process.

Amazon offers the highest price and is definitely worth considering for anyone who uses Amazon on a regular basis. The short lock in means users will be cutting it close as Amazon requires the item to be postmarked within 7 days of making the trade. Users who lock in iPhone trade in prices on Amazon will need to send the iPhone in before the iPhone 5 release date.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

25 Comments

  1. rahshanh

    09/11/2012 at 10:08 pm

    I was just offered $172 for my wife’s iPhone 4 in good condition. I was offered $152 for my iPhone 4 in good condition about a week & a half ago.

    • That Guy

      09/12/2012 at 4:14 pm

      I noticed that too man. What the hells goin on??

  2. Apple lover

    09/21/2012 at 6:59 pm

  3. Brian Duran

    09/23/2012 at 4:14 pm

    i have two iphones that dont work how do i sell them to get rid of them

  4. jordananddillan

    10/03/2012 at 1:11 pm

    Definitely don’t try RadioShack; they attempted to scam additional purchases out of me to get the iPhone 5. Read more about my experience here:

    http://jordananddillan.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/radioshack-bullies-customers-in-exchange-for-iphone-5/

    Ridiculous customer service and unethical.

  5. Best iPhone 4 Screen Protector

    10/04/2012 at 12:57 pm

    I’m so pumped to get my iPhone 5, but still have to sell my iPhone 4s first to get a little money back for the exchange. Thanks for your post!

  6. jsh b

    10/08/2012 at 8:15 pm

    Thought i’d mention my company here also. Here at http://DeviceFlip.com, we not only offer the best prices but we offer the best level of service. If you send an iPhone to us and for some reason the price must be decreased, here at DeviceFlip, we actually given you the option to have it returned to you for free. We loose the shipping money, but at least you are happy in the end! This is just an example of how we treat all our customers respectfully and kindly at every stage, making us different from many other competitors!

  7. Steve

    10/29/2012 at 4:46 pm

    Just sold my iphone 4S to http://sell.gadgetgrave.com. 64GB went for $380.82. Got paid within 7 days. I would recommend them to a friend!

  8. Kelly Mark

    11/11/2012 at 9:05 am

    Regardless if you are using the iphone 4 or 4s, the iphone 5 is a signfiicant enough improvement that it warrants upgrading, whether or not your free upgrade is available from your carrier. If it isn’t you could try selling your old phone for around $391.86 According to Movaluate’s fair price appraisal [ http://www.movaluate.com/apple/iphone-4s-16gb-att-white ] you should be able to easily sell your phone for that much, which could help pay for the $750~ y ou will need for teh iphone 5 off contract.

  9. Lee Lowden

    12/24/2012 at 12:16 pm

    Hands down, my website, http://www.BuybackBoss.com offers the highest prices for iPhone buybacks. We pay more than the big buyback sites and the sites advertised on these comments. #GetReal

  10. Shelton

    01/11/2013 at 10:05 pm

    thats really impressive list, I recently got best deal with http://iGotOffer.com, I wanted to get new iPhone 5 and Was looking for good offer to sell my iPhone 4s, I filled online form to get quote and I was happy to see they valued my iPhone 4s at $350! WoW it was the best deal, they were really fast to pick up the gadget at my doorstep and paid me check same time. Amazing serice. Give it a try especially if you live in New York

  11. mario

    01/16/2013 at 5:34 am

    I sold my broken iphone 4S at http://www.cashiphone.com and got paid $130 :)

  12. sili

    02/28/2013 at 5:21 am

    Anybody interested in buying an iPhone 4s ….white.call 8187418532

  13. Rossana Navarro G

    03/20/2013 at 4:54 pm

    You can sell your iphone to : http://www.gadgetsalvation.com is Very smooth , professional and solid communication!

  14. troy

    03/21/2013 at 12:46 pm

    i have a iphone 4 for sale white one month old.

  15. Yagnesh Patel

    04/25/2013 at 3:54 am

    “I found these guys are the best, http://www.smartphonecashin.com – they pay the highest dollar amount out of any smartphone trade-in program out there… They don’t accept as many types of phones, but pay the highest dollar amount for the cell phones that they do accept. I was skeptical at first, but found their process to be hassle free and very easy – FedEx Free pickup for your phone, and very quick payment.”

  16. jonathansims

    10/10/2013 at 2:34 pm

    Try http://www.CellularReturns.com They offer honest and fair prices for iPhones and Blackberry Cell Phones with no bait and switch methods .They have an A rating on BBB and will send you a free shipping box on request and will provide a free USPS label with a TRACKING # so you can locate your box. Best part you can choose to get paid via PayPal or check.

  17. Lizzie Thompson

    02/15/2014 at 1:28 pm

    The author should have mentioned http://www.UpgradeSwap.com

    You can sell your iPhone and they pay within 30 minutes usually and you get paid before you have to ship the iPhone. That’s what I’m talking about.

    They’re the highest paying website too. Up to $100 more than some of the other big name sites.

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