The eBay marketplace is currently flooded with used handsets as consumers prepare en masse to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you’re still a few generations behind, this could be an ideal time to snap up a Galaxy S III, which remains one of the most powerful Android smartphones on the market.
As we noted in our launch overview, the Galaxy S4 is a pretty incremental upgrade to the Galaxy S III which is still one of the best smartphones that money can buy.
While the various improvements offered by the S4 are impressive, the S III does a perfectly adequate job in most of the same areas. Some of the new features might even make their way over to the S III via a software upgrade somewhere down the line.
According to eBay’s own figures, there are currently 65,000 listings for the Samsung Galaxy S III and its accessories — and that’s just from Australian sellers. You can snap up used Galaxy S IIIs for around $150, although you’ll naturally be taking a gamble by buying second-hand.
You can also opt to purchase unused versions from eBay, with ‘Buy It Now’ prices hovering around the $300 mark. Personally, we’d plump for one of these over the Galaxy S IV, which will probably sell for around $900 at launch.
In addition to the influx of Galaxy S III smartphones, eBay has also reported a boost in iPhone listings. Could the lure of Android be tempting the iOS faithful?
“There is an enormous number of old iPhones on the site which suggests people might be looking to jump ship and test the new Samsung out,” eBay’s Megan English said in a statement. According to English, around seven Samsung Galaxy smartphones are being sold on the website every hour.
Kogan and Mobicity slash S III pricing
If you’ve been burnt by eBay and prefer to stick with known suppliers, Mobicity and Kogan Technologies have also discounted the Samsung Galaxy S III in the lead-up to the release of its successor.
Have you seen a killer deal on a Samsung Galaxy S III or equivalent smartphone from a rival vendor? Let us know in the comments section below.