Best time to sell your Samsung is now

What Mobile
February 18, 2019

Planning to upgrade to the new Samsung Galaxy S10 after its February 20, 2019 launch? Or do you have an old Samsung lying around in a drawer somewhere at home?

Whatever the reason for getting rid of your old Samsung, this week is the best time to sell, as new research from tech site musicMagpie has revealed that Android devices in particular, Samsung handsets could lose up to 35% of their value once the S10 is available.

Consumers who purchased the Samsung Galaxy S9 following its 2018 launch can expect to earn £300 if they trade-in now, and those who are looking to trade-in the S9+ could earn £340. This value is set to decrease once the S10 is on the market, so by trading-in early, consumers can ensure they are getting the most money from their old handsets.

musicMagpie’s research also found that S9 and the S9+ lost the same amount of value over a 10-month period, decreasing by 64% – this was more than any other previous Samsung model over the same time period.

Interestingly if the S10 follows the same depreciation pattern as its predecessors, such as the S6, S7, S8 and S9 models, it is set to lose at least 50% of its value in the first month after launch.

Liam Howley, Chief Marketing Officer at musicMagpie, said: With the S10 launch just around the corner, consumers looking to upgrade to the S10 can get more money for their old device now rather than after. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ lost the same amount of value in the same time and we’ve never really seen that in any other device range – usually, the newer version of the handset takes longer to lose value.

“While cars typically lose approximately 20% when driven off the lot, technology items can lose up to an average of 65% once they are taken out of the box, depending on the brand. It’s well documented in our bi-annual depreciation studies that iPhones hold their value better than Samsung devices, and it’ll be interesting to see how much more the Samsung Galaxy S9 will drop in value once the S10 is out.”

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Current Trade in Values:

iPhone XS MAX 512GB


iPhone XS MAX 256GB


iPhone XS 512GB


iPhone XS 256GB


iPhone XS MAX 64GB


iPhone XS 64GB


iPhone XR 256GB


iPhone XR 128GB


iPhone X 256GB


iPhone XR 64GB


iPhone X 64GB


iPhone 8 Plus 256GB


iPhone 8 Plus 64GB


Samsung Galaxy S9+


iPhone 8 64GB


Samsung Galaxy S9


Huawei P20 Pro


Samsung S8+ 64GB


iPhone 7 Plus 128GB


Samsung S8 64GB


Google Pixel 2 128 GB


iPhone 7 128GB


Samsung S7 edge 32GB


iPhone 6s Plus 16GB


iPhone 6 Plus 16GB


Samsung S7 32GB


One Plus 5T 128 GB


iPhone 6s 16GB


Samsung S6 edge 32GB


Samsung S6 32GB


iPhone 6 16GB


HTC 10 64 GB


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