USA Electronics and Phone Recycling stats Q3 2014

USA Electronics and Phone Recycling Industry stats Q3 2014Hi all, following on our regular series, here’s our latest electronics and phone recycling statistics taken from the site for the third quarter of the year (July – September 2014).

I have made the infographic larger in order to include some more statics, this time for the entire year, and quarter on quarter.

This section made some real interesting reading as there has been a huge boom across the industry when compared to quarter two.

I am sure that a contributing factor to the increase is undoubtedly the new handset releases from Samsung, HTC and Apple, no doubt that the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus played a significant part.

Here’s our latest statistics:

USA Electronics and Phone Recycling Industry stats Q3 2014 Infographic

Cell phone recycling industry data summary

Here’s the summary of the cell phone data and some further statistics for you guys to get your teeth in to:

  • The most recycled cell phone manufacturer was again Samsung with 31% (a slight dip on the 33% seen in Q2). This was followed by Apple with 21%, a significant jump on the 17% seen in Q2 (and Q1).
  • The most recycled Samsung cell phone was again the Galaxy S4 with 20%, this doesn’t tell the full story though as the S4 only edged the S3 in terms of sales volume by a tiny 0.2%.
  • There was again a change in the most recycled HTC handset in the quarter. In Q1 the HTC Evo 4G was their most sold, in Q2 this was the HTC One S and in Q3 this was replaced by the HTC One.
  • The most recycled iPhone was again the 4s with 26% (down 4% on the previous quarter), closely followed by the iPhone 5 with 22% (a significant increase on the 14% seen in Q2 for the iPhone 5). There were only a handful of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in quarter as you would probably expect.

Tablet recycling statistics

  • The most recycled tablet manufacturer was again Apple (iPad obviously) with a huge 44% of the tablet market. This marks a large jump of 12% on the 32% experienced in quarter 2. This was followed by Samsung’s tablet range with 16%, a drop of 2% on the previous quarter.
  • Of all iPad models recycled, there was a notable change in selling behaviour. The iPad Air because the most sold device, accounting for 22% of all sales. This marks a 12% increase on the previous three months and may be due to users readying themselves for the rumored iPad Air 2 by taking advantage of the currently high buy-back prices for the Air.

2014 electronics trade-in statistics – quarter on quarter

As I said earlier, I thought it would be interesting to show you the trade-in pattern for the year so far, quarter by quarter. It certainly made interesting reading for us here at SMCP HQ. The jump in the number of devices sold in quarter 3 compared to quarter 2 (and indeed quarter 1) was a real eye opener and was certainly linked to the release of Apple’s new handsets.

  • There was a 33% increase in the number of cell phones that we recycled in quarter 3 when compared to quarter 2.
  • There was a gigantic 92% increase in the number of tablets recycled.
  • The number of Samsung devices that our recycling partners purchased increased by 28% in July through September.
  • The percentage of iPhone trade-ins increased by a huge 71% in quarter 3, directly linked to the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. I am sure that our coverage across ABC News as the place to go to recycle in readiness for the iPhone 6 releases also played a part in this area. You can see the video by clicking here.
  • Across the board, we saw a significant increase in the number of phones being recycled for EVERY SINGLE brand that we carry! It looks like now is the time to get selling.

Remember, these statistics are all taken directly from our own analytics so won’t be found anywhere else on the web. They may also differ to those of other recyclers across the industry.

If you have any other data resources or opinion, please feel free to share them in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

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I will be bringing you the final quarters stats early next year, keep recycling!!

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