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Recycle your Phantom 3 and get cash to spend

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by jearith, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. jearith

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    Today here in China DJI is offering to recycle your Phantom 3 against a new P4. Its only currently available here in China if you look at the DJI web site as a Chinese version. I tested the offer and found a P3A in good working order and everything still in good working order an offer of $405 was made subject to factory inspection. I bought mine direct from DJI here in China and as i speak Mandarin have had the best support available.
    1. What they do with the old P3A i don't know maybe used to exchange with broken ones
    2. Exchange turn round not quoted
    3. extra battery not included in the offer :-(
    Pity the offer isn't against an Inspire Pro RAW which i like very much apart from the ludicrous price.
     
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    While a nice option, seems their price might be a little low. I suspect a P3A would sell for at least $500 - $600, no?

    I have a P3P that I need to sell after repairs. I might do this to avoid needing to hassle with a sale but only of the trade in price was around $650 - $700.

    Good find!
     
  3. happydays

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    Other posts are listing the P3P brand new as low as $764. You won't get even close to that second hand, I fear, unless you get really lucky!
     
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    Let me live my dream. :)

    This is what kills me about DJI's pricing. As mentioned in another thread, lower prices are good but DJI is just cutting the bottom out of the resale value of 1 year old products. I bought a P3P about 4 months ago for $1250 (with hard case) and now it might be worth $650. That is a tough pill to swallow. Heck, I'll be getting my P2v+ back from repair and might not be able to give that away.

    How this hurts DJI is that I won't be buying a P4 for the first year.... not when I can buy one later for 1/2 the price.
     
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    I hear ya. I'm on my fourth phantom. I've had a P1; a P2V; a V+; and a P3A. The original P1 cost (from memory...) £750. And that was with NO camera, NO app, NO gimbal - just the basic machine that you had to add on your GoPro to and FPV gear. I crashed two and sold the other one for about a quarter of the price I bought it for. They just keep getting better and better for the same or less price.

    But I'm keeping the P3 because the P4 isn't such a big step up that the others were.
     
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    You just watch. At the end or this recycle program if they don't drop the P4 to $1000.
    Then all it will mean to those that used the program is they got a P4 a little earlier.

    Another thought is DJI wholesale price to dealers could be $1000.
    SO if they take your P3, they still get the $1000. Plus they get to sell you some P4 battery's.
    It's all marketing.
     
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    I have about $1400 into my P3A and then I picked up a P3P on ebay that was used for teaching a class :) Came with Carbon Fiber Props, 3 batteries, ND Filter pack, and the battery charging hub for $950. One of the batteries had been charged once, the rest was still new and in Original packaging. So the P3A is my back up machine now and I have 7 batteries in my Drone Crates Roller now :)
     
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    This is a hobby not an investment. I bought my P3P this past November, spent more than a few bucks on case, batteries etc, I've been flying it frequently ever since. I feel I've already gotten my money's worth and then some with the enjoyment it's provided me over this short period. I would buy another one in the drop of a hat if anything happened to it. I'm addicted like so many of you and find it quite humorous to witness many complaining about their Phantoms decline in value.
     
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    Totally agree. And with the reported actual flight time of 12-15 mins on the p4. I can see it dropping sooner rather than later. I might be interested if less than 1k asking price. Otherwise will look for another used $500 p3p


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    I just ran your P3P through the trade-in estimate its only offering $510 if everything is in perfect condition, no scratches, all accessories available and perfect.
     
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    Yet you have not already bought the P4. Why not?
     
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    I was looking and i see today they now offer trade-in for both Phantom 1 and Phantom 2 now
     
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    Aside from a more refined, integrated design, the P4 just doesn't do it for me yet. I'm a very spontaneous consumer, I see something I like, I buy it or very soon thereafter. I just don't have that feeling for the P4 yet. In regards to Yunnecs new Typhoon H, I'm all over that if they can deliver the 1 mile range they're claiming. Incredibly stealth look, retractable landing gear and 360 degree camera. Unfortunately, I'm guessing when it's released in a couple of weeks, many will be disappointed therefore, I'm going to wait and first read reviews.
     
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    So if it were free you would not take one? If the price were $300 only this week you would not buy one?

    Truth is, money does matter when it comes to buying something. As you really mentions, it's not worth the $1400 price tag at this time. Spending something like $120/month each and every month just for static hardware is a lot of money for a hobby.