People apparently don’t want their iPhone 8 devices anymore.
Decluttr.com, an online business that buys back tech devices, including cellphones, CDs and games, said in a press release that it has seen “unusually high” trade-ins for cash on its website of the iPhone 8, a device that was only released last month.
People can earn up to $630 in iPhone 8 Plus trade-ins and up to $500 in iPhone 8 trade-ins.
Decluttr expects to purchase more recent model phones until the new iPhone X is available for preorder this Friday and available in stores on Nov. 3. The value of older phones drops when a newer one becomes available, the company said, noting people earn 30 percent more for their iPhone 8 before the iPhone X is available for pre-order.
“Following the recent Apple launch, all the buzz and excitement has been around the iPhone X,” Decluttr.com CMO Liam Howley said. “The iPhone 8 has perhaps been less well received than previous handsets from what we’re being told in the tech press and we’re now actually seeing that for ourselves, through our own customers’ trade-ins.”
Reports recently found that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have outsold the iPhone 8, with most people waiting for the iPhone X. Others don’t want to buy the new iPhone X, though, because of its advertised $999 price tag. And because there are few differences between the iPhone 7 models and the iPhone 8 models, people are sticking with the 7 models.
Questions remain unanswered about whether the iPhone X will be better than the iPhone 8 and which phone consumers should buy.
As Business Insider explained, the iPhone X offers a bigger screen with a 5.8-inch display, which is bigger than the 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
The iPhone X also offers an easier way to unlock the phone with Face ID, which unlocks your phone by looking at your face. The phone could be worth more upon reselling it in the future since there are fewer of them and it could potentially be a rare item, Business Insider explained.
But The Verge’s Sam Byford opined that the iPhone 8 Plus might end up being the better phone than the iPhone X. He opined that the iPhone 8 Plus has a bigger screen, which is one of the selling points of the iPhone X.
"Yes, the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen compared to the iPhone 8 Plus’ 5.5-inch display," Byford wrote. "It’s also true that the X’s is higher resolution. But the 8 Plus’ screen is actually bigger. The X uses a narrower aspect ratio, so while it’s longer on the diagonal, you still get more surface area on the Plus overall — and that’s before you account for the notch and the rounded corners."
Byford also criticized the iPhone X's new Face ID tech, which has reportedly had its own hiccups. Byford said he prefers the current Touch ID technology, which is included with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
“When you buy an iPhone X, you’re buying into Apple’s vision for the future of the smartphone,” Byford wrote. “When you buy an iPhone 8, you’re buying the best version of the present. The former is more exciting, but if you need a new phone today, the latter may prove to be more pragmatic.”
Still, Apple looks to be pushing the iPhone X on its customers, redesigning its entire website to highlight the new phone.
Those interested in the iPhone X should decide what design and storage space they want ahead of time, according to USA Today. Preordering the phone online might be the best way to snag it.
“Good luck Friday morning. And if you don’t get through, there’s always Saturday,” USA Today reported. “The phone will get to you a little later, but Apple is in the business of taking people’s money. You’ll eventually get an iPhone X sent to your door.”