If you’re due for an upgrade or simply want a new mobile phone or maybe you have some old phones laying around your house, you may be looking for ways to quickly sell the old phones in order to make some easy cash. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know how you can get the most money for your device and what your options are.
How to get the most money for your phone
- A phone that is in good condition
- A phone that is about one to two years old
- A popular mobile device such as an iPhone or Android
- A popular color like black or silver
*You can’t trade in or sell phones that are still being financed through your mobile carrier
Wipe or reset your old phone
Perhaps the most important step before you cell an old mobile device is to wipe it in order to protect your privacy. In fact, some buyers won’t even accept a device that has not been wiped or reset to manufacturer settings, others will give you less money if your phone has not been properly wiped or reset. Before you reset your phone, you will want to backup your phone’s files including contacts and photos to a secure cloud storage account or external storage device.
Online tech marketplaces
The easiest and safest way to sell an old mobile device online is through an online tech marketplace. These places are experts in selling your old mobile device and have tried and true systems in place that will offer you the least amount of worrying and headaches because you can trust these places are reputable.
- Gazelle: Gazelle is the largest U.S. cell phone trade-in marketplace. It’s very easy to use and has a streamlined listing process. Selling your mobile device online with Gazelle takes less than five minutes and Gazelle covers all shipping costs. Gazelle accepts Apple, Google, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung phones. You can sell other devices online using Gazelle as well including tablets from Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung; Apple laptop and desktop computers; Apple iPods; and even Apple TVs. Once you send your device in to Gazelle, they will inspect the device and they may reduce or rescind the offer you were given online if the condition or features are not what you said they were going to be when filling out the form online. Payment for your device will be received in a few business days after the device is inspected. Payment is issued via check, PayPal or Amazon gift card. Offers are good for 30 days, and sellers have five days to decline lower revised offers.
- eBay: eBay is the internet’s original auction site, it’s been around since the 90’s! You can buy and sell just about anything using eBay. Unlike Gazelle, eBay is a DIY platform. In order to see your mobile device using eBay, you must create and post your own listing. That means you are responsible for taking photos of your device, researching comparable pricing so that you can price it fairly and you are responsible for shipping fees. EBay’s commission varies but typically comes in at 10 percent or less of the final sale price. Items listed on eBay aren’t guaranteed to sell, though in-demand phones are likely to sell at auction as long as they are pried appropriately.
- Amazon: We couldn’t compile a list of where to sell something online without including Amazon. Amazon, just like eBay is a DIY option to sell your mobile device. Since the platform is dominated by professional sellers, you may not realize that it is actually very easy to list and sell your pre-owned items using Amazon. While we think listing an item for sale on Amazon is easier than eBay, the pricing is a bit more complicated. When you sell your mobile device on Amazon, you will have to pay a 99 cent listing fee, an 8 percent referral fee on the final price and at least $4.99 for standard shipping if you don’t pass that cost along to the buyer. So, you should expect to lose at least 10 percent of your mobile device’s gross value to fees.
Thanks to the growing popularity of buying and selling pretty much everything online, it’s easier than ever these days to quickly sell mobile phones online. The three options listed above are what we think are the easiest and fastest to do so. If you try one of the options and your phone isn’t selling or you aren’t pleased with the process, move on to the next until you find the option that works best for you. Take a look at our other tips and tricks with TechDescribed.com.