One of the advantages of taking good care of gadgets is that they can be sold at a reasonable price when no longer needed. Or when the owner wants to upgrade. The fact that Apple is known for the sturdiness and overall quality of their devices usually means that even devices with some scratches are still going to sell pretty well.
From a buyer’s perspective, knowing how well this particular company is in manufacturing their devices, the hefty price of a second-hand device from them is nothing out of the ordinary.
The problem is that there are instances where the buyer is unable to test the device before completing the transaction. In a world where doing business online is becoming the norm, this scenario is also becoming more and more common.
Compared to meeting up when selling a phone, buying from the Internet has the risk of the dreaded account lock. Sellers who have callously put their items up for sale without clearing out their credentials are putting buyers in a precarious position.
Unfortunate buyers that have ended up with a locked iPhone end up with an expensive paperweight. This security measure by Apple is frustrating for second-hand ownership. But to be fair, the company is doing a good job in making sure that thieves will have nothing to expect as profit from stolen phones. Eventually, as more thieves know the existence of this feature, they are deterred to even attempt to snatch it from the phone owner.
On the other hand, new owners who have acquired their phones in a legitimate way end up really frustrated. But it’s not the end of the world. There is still a way to icloud unlock an iPhone. It’s a long process that may require basic to advanced technical know-how. But it’s better to attempt to do it rather than moping around an expensive brick of an iPhone.