While everyone is trying to figure out how Apple’s recent court victory over Samsung will affect the smartphone market, the ruling is already making a fairly significant impact in the resell space.

The folks over at Gazelle, a popular gadget reseller, say they’ve noticed a a 50% increase in Samsung handsets since the ruling. And the surge in availability has negatively affected their resell price….

MarketWatch has the story:

“Gazelle.com reports a 50% increase in Samsung smartphones over the past three days, which has led to a 10% drop in prices for those devices. “Consumers seem to be jumping ship,” says Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at Gazelle.com. “We expect this trend to continue, especially with this latest verdict.”

The report goes on to say that many experts are predicting that prices will continue to drop as Android phones flood the market. They attribute this behavior to customers becoming increasingly uncertain about the future of Android upgrades, and even current features, due to Apple’s victory.

And the story checks out. At the time of writing, online reseller NextWorth is offering just $90.01 for an AT&T Samsung Galaxy SII handset in good condition, and a healthy $175 for a similar iPhone 4. But to be fair, Apple products have always held their value better than their Android counterparts.

This is just one of the many ripple effects we expect to see from the Apple and Samsung verdict, and the battle isn’t even over yet. Earlier today we told you that an injunction hearing for the two companies had been set for December 6th, where Apple will try to win a US sales ban on some Samsung’s products.

  • Thay just might be selling them to get the next Samsung note… But than again why would you want that too…

    • JamesR624

      Maybe because it actually has some innovations and not the same exact stale, half assed OS for 5 years?

      • Daff Yheng

        Yeah… Who wouldn’t want to change stuff for no reason whatsoever?

      • Or maybe just maybe people have realised that what they thought was a iPhone was a knock off device that was trying to be a iPhone …. And a Court ruling just proved it…

      • thole

        That’s right because they always put the most brilliant mind on the jury, so what ever the verdict is, is always 100 % true. just like OJ is innocent.

      • goofygreek

        Dude, you brought up the samsung note and said shit about it. Then James said it has actual innovation in it. And now you bring up a law suit where the samsung note was not even involved. Get your shit straight. And, yes there are very stupid people out there that would think a non apple device is an apple device, but the samsung note is nothing like an iphone, or anywhere near the size of one.

      • That was a joke … Or did that go above your head ..

      • “stale and half assed”…. Wow, you just described the ICS update I waited over seven months for on my Motorola Xoom!

      • 1337lolzorz

        The Samsung note is so ugly

      • macboy74

        lol Kinda like the nexus 7 with JB I got last month? I agree that iOS may need a little face lift but android is no better. There is 0 difference between iCS and the android os UI I had on my HTC dream I had in late 2008.

  • Byron Davis


  • Byron Davis

    This article is stupid. The price for the I777 has been around that for a few weeks now. The that phone didn’t even sale due to the sky rocket coming out a few weeks later. Though the I777 was better. They didnt push this phone market wise like the skyrocket. IPhone’s have always sold more value wise. Put in the galaxy s3 though and you will see it’s over 200 for the offer. So don’t thing this article is valid.

    • thor_molecules

      Glad to see someone has some sense around here. The SII is about two years old now which means most of its early adopters will be due for upgrades soon.

      Another “analyst” talking out their a$$. 

      I have to hand it to iDB though. Before today,  I didn’t think it was possible to troll on your own blog.


      • cruzcontrol1001

        and the iPhone 4 is brand new now who’s trolling.

      • thor_molecules

        Who said anything about an iPhone 4?

      • cruzcontrol1001

        This article says iPhone 4 which is also also two years old or did not read it before commenting.

      • thor_molecules

        Either you’re trolling, an idiot, or both. I am replying to the article and how it is baseless speculation, if not an outright lie. YOU are the only one here talking about the iPhone.

        Go somewhere else with that.

      • cruzcontrol1001

        whoa. Why are you so defensive dude I’m just stating facts if it baseless cool but I’ll tell you right now I’ve been reading off this site since it started and your just another troll just passing through I’m not going anywhere boy. O_o

      • The troll is strong in this one

      • cruzcontrol1001

        Wow did you come up with that all by self. Now you feel better witch.

      • Byron Davis

        You are. By replying twice saying nearly the same thing under my response.

      • macboy74

        The galaxy s2 came out last year in May. Thats not two years ago. Just saying. Research a little before you yap.

      • thor_molecules

        I said “about” two years ago. And a february release still means that early adopters would be eligible for early upgrade programs that many carriers offer.

        I’d fully agree with the article if we were seeing a similar trend with Samsung devices across the board, but that’s simply not the case. They see a spike in trade-ins for a singular, older model handset and instead of applying a little objectivity (and common sense) they immediately jump to “OMG APPLE IS KILLING TEH DROIDZ.”

        I’m pretty sure this same garbage will brought out next year to explain an increase of SIII turn-ins.

        Like it can’t be possible that people are anticipating buying a newer model handset. This has to be the result of Apple’s war against Android, because anything else just wouldn’t fit the narrative.

      • macboy74

        Wow I’d really like to know what carrier allows for an early upgrade 15 months into a contract. I know Verizon don’t and at&t allows certain people to upgrade a couple months early. But whatever. As far as the article goes android phones never kept their value like iphones did anyway. Just look on eBay I can get a galaxy s II way cheaper than an iPhone 4.

      • thor_molecules

        From February 2011 to now is not 15 months, check your math. Two, ALL carriers will let you upgrade whenever you want so long as you’re willing to pay the price (though most do offer early upgrade programs). Three, no one disputes that Apple products hold resale value better than their Android counterparts.

        As someone that’s sold countless Apple products online (and this 4S will be going soon), I couldn’t agree more.

        That point aside, the rest of this article is pure garbage and a poor example of journalism. If you really think that a spike in Galaxy SII trade-ins — a model which is obsolete at this point — spell some kid of impending doom for Android as a whole, then you are terribly mistaken.

        But hey, far be it from me to try rain on anyone else’s little fantasy.
        Have at it guy.

    • cruzcontrol1001

      Check and how much iphone4s gets and its almost a year old. Resale value more than galaxy s3 and it just came out.

      • Byron Davis

        Did you even read my response? I said iPhones have always had high resale. I just was pointing out that the galaxy s3 is getting a lot opposed to an AT&T phone that was not marketed a lot.

      • cruzcontrol1001

        Of course I read your response. Galaxy s2 was marketed as much as an iPhone 4.

  • ghettocowboy

    Dec 6th? lol. By that time the products they are trying to ban will be discontinued.

  • macboy74

    This is sad. I just sold my two year 16gb 3GS $95.

  • I’ll happy to buy all these phones for 90 bucks!

  • DilbertAsended

    That actually makes sense.