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iPhone upgraders leave nearly $13.5B in old hardware to collect dust

The results of a survey published on Wednesday show U.S. consumers who hold on to last-generation iPhones after upgrading or moving on to another smartphone have amassed some $13.4 billion in mothballed hardware.



According to research group OnePoll's "Mobile Mountain Study," conducted for resale website SellCell.com, iPhone owners are leaving a collective pile of unused legacy hardware on the table estimated to be worth $13.4 billion on the resale market, reports MarketWatch. That number has grown from the year-ago period, which saw about $9 billion worth of iPhones stashed away.

Looking at the bigger picture, the percentage of owners who keep smartphones rather than selling them has decreased from last year, dropping to 50 percent from 55 percent one year earlier. The overall trade-in value of mothballed phones is up to $47 billion, a significant jump from $34 billion a year ago.

As for what people do with their old phones, 20 percent said they gift them to family and friends, 12 percent donate to charity and 9 percent simply throw them away. According to the poll, only 18 percent of users showed concern over security issues related to reselling or giving away handsets, down from 23 percent last year.

As to why Americans "hoard" old phones instead of selling or gifting, the survey found 40 percent keep legacy devices as spares, 36 percent "don't know what else to do with them" and 17 percent of respondents were just "too lazy."

While SellCell.com obviously has skin in the game when it comes to smartphone resales, the results from OnePoll are interesting considering that Apple instituted an in-store trade-in system last year to boost sales of new handsets.

According to SellCell.com, many consumers don't know about trade-in services and thus leave massive amounts of money sitting in sock drawers and shoeboxes across the nation.

A number of dedicated online services, like Gazelle, have popped up to take advantage of the second-hand smartphone market. Even big-box retailer Walmart and Internet sales giant Amazon are getting in on the action with sometimes generous offers on years-old equipment. These big-name companies usually take advantage of the time period surrounding new product releases to build their supplies or push promotions. AppleInsider tracks trade-in values daily in its Trade-in Cash Payout Guide:
iPhone trade in values

Current iPhone Trade-In Cash Payouts

Excellent

Average Poor
iPhone 7 Plus      
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Verizon $335* $310* $140*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Unlocked $335* $310* $140*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Verizon $405* $375* $160*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Unlocked $405* $375* $160*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Verizon $375* $350* $150*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Unlocked $380* $350* $150*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB AT&T $325* $300* $130*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB AT&T $380* $355* $150*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB AT&T $355* $330* $140*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB T-Mobile $320* $300* $125*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB T-Mobile $375* $345* $140*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB T-Mobile $350* $320* $130*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Sprint $320* $300* $125*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Sprint $375* $345* $140*
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Sprint $350* $320* $130*
iPhone 7      
Apple iPhone 7 32GB Verizon $320* $285* $120*
Apple iPhone 7 32GB Unlocked $320* $285* $120*
Apple iPhone 7 256GB Verizon $375* $350* $145*
Apple iPhone 7 256GB Unlocked $375* $350* $145*
Apple iPhone 7 128GB Verizon $345* $320* $130*
Apple iPhone 7 128GB Unlocked $345* $320* $130*
Apple iPhone 7 32GB AT&T $305* $275* $120*
Apple iPhone 7 256GB AT&T $355* $325* $135*
Apple iPhone 7 128GB AT&T $325* $300* $125*
Apple iPhone 7 32GB T-Mobile $285* $265* $110*
Apple iPhone 7 256GB T-Mobile $335* $310* $130*
Apple iPhone 7 128GB T-Mobile $305* $280* $120*
Apple iPhone 7 32GB Sprint $285* $265* $110*
Apple iPhone 7 256GB Sprint $335* $310* $130*
Apple iPhone 7 128GB Sprint $305* $280* $120*
iPhone SE      
Apple iPhone SE 64GB Verizon $165* $147* $62*
Apple iPhone SE 64GB Unlocked $165* $147* $62*
Apple iPhone SE 64GB AT&T $140* $125* $52*
Apple iPhone SE 32GB Verizon $145* $135* $47
Apple iPhone SE 32GB Unlocked $145* $135* $47
Apple iPhone SE 32GB AT&T $125* $115* $42
Apple iPhone SE 16GB Verizon $141* $126* $52*
Apple iPhone SE 16GB Unlocked $141* $126* $52*
Apple iPhone SE 16GB AT&T $116* $106* $42
Apple iPhone SE 128GB Verizon $170* $152* $62*
Apple iPhone SE 128GB AT&T $145* $135* $47
Apple iPhone SE 128GB Unlocked $170* $152* $62*
Apple iPhone SE 64GB T-Mobile $130* $120* $47
Apple iPhone SE 32GB T-Mobile $120* $110* $42
Apple iPhone SE 16GB T-Mobile $115* $105* $42
Apple iPhone SE 128GB T-Mobile $140* $130* $42
Apple iPhone SE 64GB Sprint $130* $120* $47
Apple iPhone SE 32GB Sprint $120* $110* $42
Apple iPhone SE 16GB Sprint $115* $105* $42
Apple iPhone SE 128GB Sprint $140* $130* $42
iPhone 6s Plus      
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 64GB Verizon $285* $255* $105*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 64GB Unlocked GSM $285* $255* $105*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32GB Verizon $270* $245* $100*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32GB Unlocked GSM $270* $245* $100*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 16GB Verizon $255* $230* $95*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 16GB Unlocked GSM $255* $230* $95*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 128GB Verizon $300* $270* $110*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 128GB Unlocked GSM $300* $270* $110*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 64GB AT&T $250* $225* $95*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32GB AT&T $235* $210* $90*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 16GB AT&T $225* $205* $90*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 128GB AT&T $270* $245* $100*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 64GB T-Mobile $230* $215* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32GB T-Mobile $215* $200* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 16GB T-Mobile $200* $185* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 128GB T-Mobile $240* $225* $90*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 64GB Sprint $230* $215* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 32GB Sprint $215* $200* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 16GB Sprint $200* $185* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S Plus 128GB Sprint $240* $225* $90*
iPhone 6s      
Apple iPhone 6S 64GB Verizon $250* $225* $95*
Apple iPhone 6S 64GB Unlocked GSM $250* $225* $95*
Apple iPhone 6S 32GB Verizon $220* $200* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S 32GB Unlocked GSM $220* $200* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S 16GB Verizon $210* $190* $80*
Apple iPhone 6S 16GB Unlocked GSM $210* $190* $80*
Apple iPhone 6S 128GB Verizon $270* $245* $100*
Apple iPhone 6S 128GB Unlocked GSM $270* $245* $100*
Apple iPhone 6S 64GB AT&T $235* $210* $90*
Apple iPhone 6S 32GB AT&T $210* $190* $80*
Apple iPhone 6S 16GB AT&T $205* $185* $75*
Apple iPhone 6S 128GB AT&T $250* $225* $95*
Apple iPhone 6S 64GB T-Mobile $200* $185* $80*
Apple iPhone 6S 32GB T-Mobile $190* $175* $75*
Apple iPhone 6S 16GB T-Mobile $170* $155* $70*
Apple iPhone 6S 128GB T-Mobile $215* $200* $85*
Apple iPhone 6S 64GB Sprint $200* $185* $80*
Apple iPhone 6S 32GB Sprint $190* $175* $75*
Apple iPhone 6S 16GB Sprint $170* $155* $70*
Apple iPhone 6S 128GB Sprint $215* $200* $85*
iPhone 6 Plus      
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Verizon $201* $186 $75*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Unlocked GSM $201* $186* $75*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Verizon $181* $166* $70*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Unlocked GSM $181* $166* $70*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Verizon $216* $201* $85*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Unlocked GSM $216* $201* $85*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB AT&T $175* $160* $65*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB AT&T $155* $140* $60*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB AT&T $191* $175* $75*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB T-Mobile $150* $140* $60*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB T-Mobile $140* $130* $55*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB T-Mobile $161* $151* $60*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Sprint $150* $140* $60*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB Sprint $140* $130* $55*
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB Sprint $161* $151* $60*
iPhone 6      
Apple iPhone 6 64GB Verizon $156* $141* $60*
Apple iPhone 6 64GB Unlocked GSM $156* $141* $60*
Apple iPhone 6 32GB Unlocked GSM $140* $130* $50*
Apple iPhone 6 16GB Verizon $136* $121* $55*
Apple iPhone 6 16GB Unlocked GSM $136* $121* $55*
Apple iPhone 6 128GB Verizon $166* $151* $65*
Apple iPhone 6 128GB Unlocked GSM $166* $151* $65*
Apple iPhone 6 64GB AT&T $145* $131* $55*
Apple iPhone 6 32GB AT&T Prepaid GoPhone $100* $90* $35
Apple iPhone 6 16GB AT&T $126* $111* $50*
Apple iPhone 6 128GB AT&T $151* $136* $60*
Apple iPhone 6 64GB T-Mobile $130* $120* $45
Apple iPhone 6 16GB T-Mobile $110* $100* $40
Apple iPhone 6 128GB T-Mobile $135* $125* $50*
Apple iPhone 6 64GB Sprint $130* $120* $45
Apple iPhone 6 16GB Sprint $110* $100* $40
Apple iPhone 6 128GB Sprint $135* $125* $50*
iPhone 5s      
Apple iPhone 5S 64GB Verizon $87* $82* $31
Apple iPhone 5S 64GB Unlocked GSM $87* $82* $31
Apple iPhone 5S 32GB Verizon $77* $72* $27
Apple iPhone 5S 32GB Unlocked GSM $77* $72* $27
Apple iPhone 5S 16GB Verizon $70* $65* $26
Apple iPhone 5S 64GB AT&T $82* $75* $26
Apple iPhone 5S 32GB AT&T $75* $70* $21
Apple iPhone 5S 16GB AT&T $67* $62* $21
Apple iPhone 5S 64GB T-Mobile $55* $50* $15
Apple iPhone 5S 32GB T-Mobile $50* $45 $15
Apple iPhone 5S 16GB T-Mobile $45 $40 $12
Apple iPhone 5S 64GB Sprint $55* $50* $15
Apple iPhone 5S 32GB Sprint $50* $45 $15
Apple iPhone 5S 16GB Sprint $45 $40 $12
iPhone 5c      
Apple iPhone 5C 8GB Verizon $35 $31 $12
Apple iPhone 5C 8GB Unlocked GSM $35 $31 $12
Apple iPhone 5C 32GB Unlocked GSM $50* $45 $16
Apple iPhone 5C 32GB Verizon $50* $45 $16
Apple iPhone 5C 16GB Verizon $45 $40 $16
Apple iPhone 5C 16GB Unlocked GSM $45 $40 $16
Apple iPhone 5C 8GB AT&T $32 $27 $11
Apple iPhone 5C 32GB AT&T $45 $40 $12
Apple iPhone 5C 16GB AT&T $40 $35 $12
Apple iPhone 5C 8GB T-Mobile $25 $21 $10
Apple iPhone 5C 32GB T-Mobile $35 $30 $11
Apple iPhone 5C 16GB T-Mobile $30 $25 $11
Apple iPhone 5C 8GB Sprint $25 $21 $10
Apple iPhone 5C 32GB Sprint $35 $30 $11
Apple iPhone 5C 16GB Sprint $30 $25 $11
iPhone 5*      
Apple iPhone 5 64GB Verizon $56* $51* $16
Apple iPhone 5 64GB Unlocked GSM $56* $51* $16
Apple iPhone 5 32GB Verizon $51* $46 $15
Apple iPhone 5 32GB Unlocked GSM $51* $46 $15
Apple iPhone 5 16GB Verizon $45 $40 $15
Apple iPhone 5 16GB Unlocked GSM $45 $40 $15
Apple iPhone 5S 16GB Unlocked GSM $70* $65* $26
Apple iPhone 5 64GB AT&T $51* $46 $16
Apple iPhone 5 32GB AT&T $46 $41 $11
Apple iPhone 5 16GB AT&T $40 $35 $11
Apple iPhone 5 64GB T-Mobile $40 $35 $10
Apple iPhone 5 32GB T-Mobile $35 $30 $10
Apple iPhone 5 16GB T-Mobile $32 $26 $10
Apple iPhone 5 64GB Sprint $35 $31 $10
Apple iPhone 5 32GB Sprint $30 $26 $10
Apple iPhone 5 16GB Sprint $25 $20 $8
*Price with coupon code APPLEINSIDER10 ($10 bonus on $50+ trades)

MacBook Pro

Current iPad Trade-In Cash Payouts

Flawless

Good Broken
iPad Air 2      
iPad Air 2: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $250 $220 $70
iPad Air 2: 128GB WiFi $250 $220 $70
iPad Air 2 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $220 $195 $70
iPad Air 2 64GB WiFi $220 $195 $70
iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $205 $190 $70
iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi $205 $190 $70
iPad Air      
iPad Air: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $180 $160 $45
iPad Air: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $180 $160 $45
iPad Air: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $180 $160 $45
iPad Air: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $195 $170 $45
iPad Air: 128GB WiFi $180 $160 $45
iPad Air 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $175 $150 $45
iPad Air 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $175 $150 $45
iPad Air 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $175 $150 $45
iPad Air 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $180 $160 $45
iPad Air 64GB WiFi $180 $150 $45
iPad Air 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $165 $140 $45
iPad Air 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $165 $140 $45
iPad Air 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $165 $140 $45
iPad Air 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $175 $150 $45
iPad Air 32GB WiFi $165 $140 $45
iPad Air 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $155 $130 $45
iPad Air 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $155 $130 $45
iPad Air 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $155 $130 $45
iPad Air 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $165 $140 $45
iPad Air 16GB WiFi $155 $130 $45
iPad 4th Generation      
iPad 4th generation: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $165 $140 $35
iPad 4th generation: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $165 $140 $35
iPad 4th generation: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $170 $145 $35
iPad 4th generation: 128GB WiFi $165 $140 $35
iPad 4th generation 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $140 $120 $35
iPad 4th generation 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $140 $120 $35
iPad 4th generation 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $150 $125 $35
iPad 4th generation 64GB WiFi $145 $120 $35
iPad 4th generation 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $130 $110 $35
iPad 4th generation 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $130 $110 $35
iPad 4th generation 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $135 $115 $35
iPad 4th generation 32GB WiFi $130 $110 $35
iPad 4th generation 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $120 $100 $35
iPad 4th generation 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $120 $100 $35
iPad 4th generation 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $125 $105 $35
iPad 4th generation 16GB WiFi $120 $100 $35
iPad 3rd Generation      
iPad 3rd generation 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $100 $95 $20
iPad 3rd generation 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $110 $100 $20
iPad 3rd generation 64GB WiFi $100 $90 $20
iPad 3rd generation 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $90 $80 $20
iPad 3rd generation 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $100 $90 $20
iPad 3rd generation 32GB WiFi $90 $80 $15
iPad 3rd generation 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $85 $75 $20
iPad 3rd generation 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $90 $80 $20
iPad 3rd generation 16GB WiFi $85 $75 $20
iPad 2      
iPad 2 64GB WiFi + 3G (Verizon) $80 $70 $15
iPad 2 64GB WiFi + 3G (AT&T) $85 $75 $15
iPad 2 64GB WiFi $80 $70 $15
iPad 2 32GB WiFi + 3G (Verizon) $70 $60 $15
iPad 2 32GB WiFi + 3G (AT&T) $75 $65 $15
iPad 2 32GB WiFi $70 $60 $15
iPad 2 16GB WiFi + 3G (Verizon) $60 $50 $15
iPad 2 16GB WiFi + 3G (AT&T) $65 $55 $15
iPad 2 16GB WiFi $60 $50 $15
iPad      
iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G $15 $10 $0
iPad 64GB WiFi $15 $10 $0
iPad 32GB WiFi + 3G $15 $10 $0
iPad 32GB WiFi $15 $10 $0
iPad 16GB WiFI + 3G $15 $10 $0
iPad 16GB WiFi $15 $10 $0
iPad mini 4      
iPad Mini 4: 128GB WiFi $230 $205 $0
iPad Mini 4 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $224 $200 $0
iPad Mini 4 64GB WiFi $215 $190 $0
iPad Mini 4 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $210 $190 $0
iPad Mini 4 16GB WiFi $200 $175 $0
iPad Mini 4 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $245 $215 $0
iPad mini 3      
iPad Mini 3: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $165 $150 $25
iPad Mini 3: 128GB WiFi $155 $140 $25
iPad Mini 3 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $150 $130 $25
iPad Mini 3 64GB WiFi $140 $125 $25
iPad Mini 3 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Unlocked $135 $120 $25
iPad Mini 3 16GB WiFi $125 $110 $25
iPad mini 2      
iPad Mini 2: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $145 $130 $10
iPad Mini 2: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $145 $130 $10
iPad Mini 2: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $145 $130 $10
iPad Mini 2: 128GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $155 $135 $10
iPad Mini 2: 128GB WiFi $145 $130 $10
iPad Mini 2 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $125 $110 $10
iPad Mini 2 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $125 $110 $10
iPad Mini 2 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $125 $110 $10
iPad Mini 2 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $135 $120 $10
iPad Mini 2 64GB WiFi $125 $110 $10
iPad Mini 2 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $110 $95 $10
iPad Mini 2 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $110 $95 $10
iPad Mini 2 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $110 $95 $10
iPad Mini 2 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $120 $105 $10
iPad Mini 2 32GB WiFi $110 $95 $10
iPad Mini 2 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $85 $70 $10
iPad Mini 2 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE T-Mobile $85 $70 $10
iPad Mini 2 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $85 $70 $10
iPad Mini 2 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $95 $80 $10
iPad Mini 2 16GB WiFi $85 $70 $10
iPad mini      
iPad Mini 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $80 $70 $10
iPad Mini 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $80 $70 $10
iPad Mini 64GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $85 $75 $10
iPad Mini 64GB WiFi $80 $70 $10
iPad Mini 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $70 $60 $10
iPad Mini 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $70 $60 $10
iPad Mini 32GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $75 $65 $10
iPad Mini 32GB WiFi $70 $60 $10
iPad Mini 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Verizon $60 $50 $10
iPad Mini 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE Sprint $60 $50 $10
iPad Mini 16GB WiFi + 4G LTE AT&T $65 $55 $10
iPad Mini 16GB WiFi $60 $50 $10
iPad Pro      
iPad Pro 32GB WiFi $450 $400 $0
iPad Pro 128GB WiFi $550 $490 $0
iPad Pro 128GB Unlocked $675 $600 $0