In the week that marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the iPhone, online auctioneers Gumtree say that even the earlier models remain as popular as ever.
“The iPhone 5, which was released in 2012, is one of the most commonly searched for and purchased items on Gumtree,” says Gumtree South Africa’s head of Core, Claire Cobbledick. “It’s not surprising that it was one of the most popular phones ever released by Apple.”
The iPhone 5 received 2-million pre-orders within 24 hours when it was made available in September 2012. Demand exceeded supply and outsold 20 times faster than its predecessor., the British branch of Gumtree’s parent company, sees 22 searches for the iPhone 5C every minute.
The average iPhone 5 sells for R3 300 on the site and there are more than 4 000 available at any given time. Used iPhone 6s are currently selling at an average of R8 200.
“This is an iconic brand and iconic piece of technology, and demand will remain high for some years,” Cobbledick says. features an iPhone and phone price checker that customers can use to determine the value of their old iPhone.