Hi Lifehacker, I have a nice iPhone 4S case from Gucci with a snap tab button on top. I am getting an iPhone 5 next month when my contract expires, and since it's taller, the new phone and old case is a mismatch. Can you please suggest some alternative uses for these iPhone cases? I sometimes use it as a card case and folded notes if I dont want to carry a bulky wallet. Thanks, A Case Of . . .
Before we go any further, we need to poke fun at you for owning a Gucci phone accessory. It's kind of a legal obligation. Like Nickleback fans, "Twi-hards" and male redheads, you belong to a group that society is actively encouraged to shun and ridicule. You can insert your own appropriately scornful hipster/attentionista joke here. Now, onto the advice...
In the past, we've looked at how you can turn your smartphone case into a camera tripod or retro arcade cabinet — but these are projects better suited to cheap, disposable cases. As you mention, you might be able to carry the case around as a makeshift card case or note holder but despite the designer trappings, it's not a very elegant solution (if any readers have a more practical idea, let ACO know in the comments section below).
Because the iPhone 5 has larger dimensions to the iPhone 4S, it's not really possible to customise your case without ruining it in the process. The best option is probably to sell it via the usual online avenues.
It could also be worth having the item valued for maximum return — this guide offers some handy tips on how to determine a selling price. Provided the case in in good nick you should be able to get a reasonable chunk of coin that can then be put towards another insufferably trendy case for your iPhone 5. (Sorry, we thought we'd got the insults out of our system. We'll behave now.)
Alternatively, you could post it on a donations site like Freestyle — all that good karma will make up for owning the case in the first place. (Sorry.)
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