Did Apple just increase the value of your used iPhone?

September 01, 2013

In 2018 America, a tough new reality exists. Are bulletproof backpacks the answer? No. Of course not. 

It's actually absurd to us that these products sell so well. But even though our team at Bulletproof Workspace is made up of post 9/11 military veterans, we all have children. And we worry, just like you. If we have the capability to do something to help mitigate shooting tragedies, we feel it is our obligation to do so.

Bulletproof backpacks are not the solution to this complex issue. The real solution is layered security for schools, situational awareness, stricter gun laws, and a stronger mental health treatment system in this country.

The bulletproof backpacks and bulletproof blankets we sell make up just one small component of school safety.

Leveraging the state of Michigan's proud heritage of furniture manufacturing, we are currently developing bulletproof school desks that will stop bullets fired from an AR-15, the weapon used in 6 of the last 10 mass shootings.

Backpacks, unfortunately, will not stop an AR-15 bullet. Instead, they offer ballistic protection against most handgun bullets. So, why sell them? We feel that some protection is better than no protection.

Bulletproof Workspace was founded as Modern Workspace Tech Furniture in 2013 by Post 9/11 veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force Wes O'Donnell. Wes is a speaker and veteran advocate having spoken at TEDx, the US Air Force Academy and numerous corporate clients on getting veterans hired.

Today, we specialize in ONE area... and that's NIJ IIIA level ballistic protection enhanced backpacks and bulletproof blankets for schools. Veteran-owned and proudly made in the state of Michigan, every bulletproof backpack is made to order.

The best part about Bulletproof Workspace, is the amazing feedback from our customers. Wes believes that when you sell similar products that can be found elsewhere, outstanding customer service should be your brand!

So, what happens when a group of military veterans decides to open a bulletproof backpack store?  You have a highly efficient operation with most of our products made in the USA!

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All of our products ship for free within the continental United States! Additionally, we don't charge sales tax on orders placed outside the State of Michigan.

Outstanding Customer Service

We take outstanding care of our customers and have earned a reputation as a place you can count on to deliver quality, dependable service.  Especially when you're making a large business purchase, you need to be confident that the company you buy from will support you before AND after the sale.  


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If we're fortunate enough to earn your business, we'll provide you with the professional, prompt and expert service you deserve.  And in the unlikely event something goes wrong with your order or shipment, we'll work to resolve any problems as quickly as possible at no cost to you.  We want you to be happy with the service you receive and will do whatever we can to ensure that's the case – that's our personal guarantee. 

Unfortunately, we don't currently ship internationally; that is, outside of the United States. We are working to include the UK, Canada, and Australia in short order. Check back!

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Apple's trade-in program may force rivals like Samsung to improve deals

When Apple makes its long-awaited foray into the iPhone resale market, experts say, it may force rivals like Gazelle to improve their trade-in deals for customers — in the short-term, at least.

Unconfirmed claims are being made that on September 10 Apple will through its hat into the iPhone resale market giving companies like Gazelle a run for their money.  Even though they will be pushing the aspect of doing it for environmental reasons, Apple also has a compelling monetary reason for the new venture.  Currently a large number of the current iPhone users are going to resale sites to sell their iPhones to cover the cost of upgrades with contracts that they are interested in purchasing.  This common practice is seen more now that the wireless carries themselves are offering trade-in deals. 

With Apple’s entry into this market, consumers should see in increase in deals from competitors to keep up with the new competition.  This will not likely affect sales on sites such as Ebay and Craigslist, but retailers such as Gazelle and Amazon will have to up the ante to remain in the running.  While Apple is not expected to give prices above those found at other resellers, they will however, provide a more convenient method of trade-in.  All of the mailing back and forth will be avoided if it can be done directly through Apple which is a big plus to the busy consumers today.  One major advantage of an independent trade in company is the grace period they offer between the time you agree to sell the phone and the time you actually relinquish the phone to the company.  For example, Gazelle allows a thirty day grace period and offers on average $120 more than Apple is offering for a mint condition iPhone5 and $60 more for the iPhone 4S.  It is rumored that Apple will most likely offer more competitive rates when the time comes. 

Some companies are worried that with the increase in phones being traded in, a decrease in the amount that will be given for them will occur.  Hopefully this will be countered by an increase in the desire for people wanting to purchase used devices and keep trade-in values high.  Right now we are just scratching the surface of the resale industry with only about fifteen percent of the smartphone owners actually trading in their unused old phones.  We should see a big increase in resale activity in the future.  Overall, most companies believe that Apple’s involvement will only increase their sales serving as free publicity.  It will make known an option that many people before never considered.