Apple’s victory over Samsung in court affecting resale prices of Android devices
Apple has just been awarded victory in its court wars with Samsung and thus received the massive amount of $1.05 billion in damages to compensate for patent infringements. The question remains, is the overthrow going to affect how users feel about their Android gadgets? Apparently it does.
Marketwatch website was amongst the first to notice that top electronics reseller Gazelle.com is experiencing a 50% increase of people willing to trade their Samsung branded devices, following Apple’s victory in court last week. The resale prices are falling abruptly, as a consequence, of course.
“Consumers seem to be jumping ship. We expect this trend to continue, especially with this latest verdict,” commented Gazelle’s chief gadget officer, Anthony Scarsella.
Historically speaking though, Android products have never fared well in holding its value when considered for resale. Take the Samsung Galaxy S II – the device can be acquired for just $90 on NextWorth.com while an iPhone 4S is still worth a decent $300. Even the latest Samsung Galaxy S III can be bought for $260 which is still less than an iPhone 4S.
As a result of their victory, Apple is expected to stigmatize a host of Samsung devices and get them banned in the United States. Such a move could help increase the prices of some Android devices destined for reselling, as Samsung is probably going to make drastic changes with the next generation of its products to stay out of court in the near future, thus awarding some Samsung gadgets the status of relics.
Source: Apple win whacks Android resale prices - MarketWatch