How Much is Your iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c Worth Now?

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With the announcement of a new iPhone version just days away — assuming you believe all the hype and rumormongering — then now’s as good as time as any to start thinking about what to do with your current iPhone.

Our advice? Sell, sell, sell. If you’re planning to buy said new iPhone as soon as it comes out (and can spare being phoneless, or don’t mind using a crappy prepaid device for a bit of time), you don’t want to be stuck holding your soon-to-be-legacy device when Apple announces a huge price drop for older iPhones. When that happens, the amount you can get for your smartphone by selling it to someone else — store or human — is going to be a lot lower.

MORE: iPhone 5s: Full Review

In other words, you’ll have left money on the table by waiting. So don’t wait. Assuming your iPhone is in great condition (no screen cracks, please), here’s a list of the maximum you might expect to receive for your device from a number of the major retailers with trade-in programs.

Spoilers: Amazon appears to offer the best prices for your iPhones, so long as you’re trading in a color that the site is willing to pay top dollar for (Read: Gold). When you go to make your next iPhone purchase, you might want to go with Verizon, which tended to have higher trade-in values for devices using its networks than iPhones on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. If you’re looking to get a good amount of cash for your iPhone next year, avoid Sprint; the amount trade-in services were willing to pay for its iPhones was a bit underwhelming. 

If you do decide to wait, T-Mobile will guarantee the best possible value, when compared to the other three carriers. That will be a limited time offer that won’t start until Sept. 17. 

iPhone 5s (16GB / 32GB / 64GB)

  AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon
Amazon $332 / $352 / $400 $288 / $311 / $400 $368 /$400 / $400 $400 / $400 / $400
Best Buy $300 / $310 / $335 $245 / $250 / $255 n/a $270 / $280 / $300
Gamestop
(in-store credit)
$275 / $280 / $290 $180 / $183 / $185 $270 / $285 / $290 $270 / $273 / $275
Gazelle $280 / $290 / $300 $195 / $200 / $205 $230 / $235 / $240 $315 / $325 / $350
Next Worth $227 / $227 / $227 $204 / $204 / $204 $225 / $245 / $250 $275 / $300 / $325
Walmart $250 / $275 / $300 $200 / $225 / $275 $225 / $245 / $250 $275 / $300 / $325

 

iPhone 5c (16GB/32GB)

  AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon
Amazon $269 / $400 $195 / $400 $178 / $400 $287 / $381
Best Buy $190 / $215 $190 / $215 n/a $190 / $215
Gamestop
(in-store credit)
$165 / $168 $95 / $98 $170 / $175 $188 / $190
Gazelle $160 / $165 $75 / $80 $160 / $165 $190 / $195
Next Worth $178 / $178 $100 / $100 $178 / $178 $192 / $192
Walmart $128 / $133 $114 / $119 $114 / $119 $128 / $133

 

iPhone 5 (16GB /32GB/64GB)

  AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon
Amazon $220 / $238 / $255 $191 /$231 / $400 n/a / $173 / n/a $231 /$272 / $364
Best Buy $200 / $225 / $230 $190 / $215 / $240 $190 / n/a / n/a $235 / $245 / $255
Gamestop
(in-store credit)
$200 / $205 / $210 $140 / $145 / $150 $190 / $190 / $190 $195 / $210 / $220
Gazelle $170 / $175 / $180 $115 / $120 / $125 $160 / $165 / $170 $195 / $200 / $205
Next Worth $171 / $171 / $171 $141 / $141 / $141 $141 / $141 / $141 $190 / $190 / $190
Walmart $150 / $140 / $175 $118 / $120 / $143 $118 / $123 / $135 $175 / $185 / $190
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  1. Rainbow cat Says:

    I am wanting to buy an iPhone5 for my older sister with Down syndrome for under $100 do you know where I could get one other then eBay?
    Sorry. It’s her birthday soon.

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