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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive

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    Question iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive
    I am amazed to see how even a broken or water damaged iPhone is selling for over $200 on ebay.

    Who is buying these and why are they so expensive?
    Are they being fixed and sent to other countries like the Audi's were being sent to China in the early 90's?

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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive

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    your guess is as good as mine...i was wondering the same thing

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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive

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    The economics just doesn't make sense to me.

    Ebay water damage/broken iPhone 3G 8GB: ~$300
    Parts to fix: ~$ 70

    Who sell at this price after fixing and how much profit is there? Is the profit worth the effort?

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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive
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    Some people would rather pay a higher price so they don't have to sign a new two year contract.
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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive

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    True, but you need the data plan to make all the features of the iphone work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by picflight View Post
    True, but you need the data plan to make all the features of the iphone work.
    That is true but having the data plan does not extend the contract.
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    Plus in other countries (where all providers are GSM) data plans from non-official carriers are often a lot less expensive.

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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive
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    Well it is a 32GB 3Gs
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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive

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    Supply and demand.the iPhone is hot right now and people, want it. I talked to a guy who ships them to Venezuela where he says he gets $500 and up for 3G iphones. Even if you pay $300 and sell it for $500 it's still good money.

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    iPhone 3G on eBay why so expensive

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    apple will replace water dmg iphones for a fee of 199.

    so if you bought one for 200 and bring it into the apple store provided you either have att or someone with att sim, drop 199 and they will give u a spanking new iphone,

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