On Monday, an eBay Instant Sale representative reached out to us. The numbers are impressive, and shows that owners of older iPhone are ready to turn in their old devices - not just iPhones - for Apple's newest superphone.
Since Sept. 12 until the eBay emailed us on Monday, eBay Instant Sale’s trade-in offers increased 265 percent over the same period from the previous week.
Of the trade-in offers generated, 69 percent were trading in iOS devices, 16 were trading in Android devices, 11 percent finally giving up on their BlackBerrys, and 4% were for smartphones running other operating systems (such as Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, or Symbian).
Notably, a trade-in offer does not necessarily reach fruition. It means a customer has used eBay Instant Sale to see what the value of their current device is. it doesn't mean they have accepted the offer, though. A customer can choose to accept that offer and ship the device in for trade using a free shipping label, or pass.
Of the iOS device trade-in offers generated, 46 percent were for iPhone 4 devices, 40 percent were for iPhone 4S devices (meaning the users would have to suck it up and pay full price for the new iPhone 5), 8 percent were for iPhone 3GS devices and 6 percent were for iPhone 3G offers.
- iPhone 4 32GB AT&T
- iPhone 4S 64GB
- iPhone 4 16GB AT&T
- iPhone 4S 16GB
- iPhone 4S 32GB