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How to Sell your Cell

Andrew M-C
posted this on March 28, 2012 11:49

Make the decision whether you want to get top dollar for your smartphone or if you just want someone else to deal with the hassle for you.

I’ll Sell My Cell Myself:

To wring every cent out of your previous device, take to eBay, eBay Classifieds, Craigslist or similar.

Figure out what’s a fair price to ask. Depending on the condition, currency and desirability of your phone, you can hope to get anywhere between about 30% and 70% of the original ticket price. Check other sale listings to get a gauge on how much you should ask.

Create an ad with as many pictures of your phone as you can offer. Clearly outline the condition of the device you’re selling and what you’re willing to part with it for. Search for your phone on GSMArena to get detailed specs to go along with your listing.

Be prepared to haggle when interested parties start emailing.

Don’t accept fake cashier’s checks or wooden nickels, don’t deal with escrow services or other likely scams. Basically, if the person who’s offering to buy your phone can’t or won’t stump up the legal tender to do so, move on to another potential buyer. Read Craigslist’s scams section for common scams.

While the site isn’t terribly pretty, ecommerce-guide.com has a useful article on classified selling. While the tips are specific to Kijiji (since re-badged eBay Classifieds), the information holds for all classified selling. 

Buy My Mobile:

If you’d rather not deal with the hassle of selling your phone on your own, there are sites that will buy it from you but will offer you less than you’d get if you did the work yourself. These services buy your device for cash and make it super easy to cash in. 

Gazelle.com is a great service that takes all the hassle out of offloading your erstwhile moible. All you have to do is tell them what kind of phone you have and what condition it’s in including what accessories (like the all important charger) you have. All of these variables are factored in and Gazelle.com will offer you a price based on your answers to a quick questionaire.

They’ll then send you a pre-paid box which you can use to ship your phone to them. A couple of days after receipt, you’ll get your money.

I Don’t Want to Sell My Cell:

Lifehacker has several interesting ideas for things you can do with a smartphone that’s reached the end of its usefulness to you but that you’re not quite ready to part with yet.

Next up: How to Ditch Your Mobile Contract

Back to Switching Mobile Providers - Sell Your Cell, Ditch Your Contract, Buy a New Phone

 

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Jared Messervy

Another good site is <a href="http://swappa.com/devices/sprint">Swappa</a> I've used it a few times to buy and sell.

April 14, 2012 10:05
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John Lafitte

The markup for all the links on this page is incorrect.  I'm able to go there anyway by manually fixing it, but I just though I'd let you know.

May 07, 2012 12:47
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John Lafitte

Correction, not all the links...  Just the Gazelle, CashForSmartPhones, and lifehacker links  

May 07, 2012 12:48
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Andrew M-C
Ting

Geez, thanks for the catch John! For some reason, all the standard " marks gained an extra curly quote. Appreciate it. Fixed.

Andrew

May 07, 2012 13:16
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John Lafitte

I tried to sell my phone on craigslist, but I wasn't fully convinced they were all legit buyers.  I was worried one of them were going to try to steal the MEID and put it on another phone before they pay me.  I wonder if this actually happens?

I'm thinking of using cashforsmartphones.com.  While it's not quite as much as I could get selling it myself, at least it's a little more respectable.  They seem to give the best price for the iPhone 4S.  Does anyone have any real experience with them?

June 05, 2012 13:32
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John Lafitte

The last guy I talked to ran a wireless shop.  I looked it up and their services say "Sales, Repair, Flashing and Unlocking".  I'm probably going to play it safe and stay away from him. 

June 05, 2012 14:53
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John Lafitte

I got a quote for $312 for an iPhone 4S and $132 for an Evo 3D.  The iPhone 4S was only used for a month in a case, had no scratches or anything on it.  The Evo had a little wear.  I figured I would take $400 for both.  The guy called and offered me $275.  What a joke.  I told him no and to send them back, he upped it to $300.  I told him my drop dead price of $400 and he said it wasn't going to happen.  So they are shipping them back.  I'm pretty sure I can still sell it locally for $350, dunno about the Evo.  So my experience with them did not go so well.  They did pay for the shipping to and fro, so I didn't lose anything but time with all this.  I'll update when I get the phones back if there were any problems with their packing.

June 25, 2012 14:11
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John Lafitte

Sorry I should clarify, that was with cashforsmartphones.com 

June 25, 2012 14:12
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Nathaniel Barish

I have been looking into CashForSmartPhones link you posted, and im seeing a lot of complaints about them being a scam.  You may want to remove that link.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=717337&page=2

http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-57318211-266/dont-get-scammed-when-selling-your-old-iphone-ask-maggie/?tag=TOCcarouselMain.0

June 30, 2012 09:44
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Andrew M-C
Ting
There are many of these trade-in type sites and indeed, there are scammers out there. I'm not saying that cashforsmartphones is a scam. However, I've read enough dissatisfied end user reviews that I'm pulling the link, per Nathan and John's feedback. Thanks guys. Hindsight being what it is, I shouldn't have included a link to the service at all. I'm taking solace in the fact that it wasn't a recommendation, it was more of an "I should also mention...." but it doesn't alter the fact that the link shouldn't have been there without having been more thoroughly checked out. In short: I'm sorry. The best way to get top dollar for a used phone is still through private sale. While that has its perils too, at least you get to maintain control of the process. Dealing with a local seller, your phone doesn't leave your sight until you've got money in hand.
June 30, 2012 10:20
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John Lafitte

I don't know if I would call them an outright scam, but basically they give you an estimate they know they will not give you and just figure you want to be done with it and will take a really really low offer.  It's a bit dishonest to me.  I received the phones they sent back, they looked ok.  There was black smudges on the boxes, but it's likely that was caused by the newspapers I wrapped them in.  They didn't send back the iPhone earbuds I put in, and I have emailed them to try to get those sent to me.  Lame.

July 02, 2012 18:40
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John Lafitte
Ok I geared back, they admitted they misplaced them because people don't usually send them in. I figured it would make the trade value better but I guess it was just ah something in their way. They are sending me a check for $25 for those. Given all this I would probably consider these people for something older that i can get a little value for, but certainly not top dollar.
July 05, 2012 15:00
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Yana Nicks

I'd like to sell my Ting phone to someone who wants to try Ting. It is the Samsung Galaxy II purchased in early May of this year... so roughly two months old. Is that allowed? Unfortunately Ting service did not work for me. Please send me an email: yana003@yahoo.com if I can do this.

July 10, 2012 10:38
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Asya Kamsky

I'm loving Ting, but I'm not happy with my phone and I'm thinking about moving to a different one.  Since someone who wants to use Ting has to use a Ting phone, might it make sense to make a forum/topic for listing used Ting phones for sale/wanted used Ting phones?   For example, I can see someone wanting a phone you no longer have in stock and someone else (like me) wanting to replace the phone we have with a different (smaller) one.

P.S. if anyone is interested, I have a 3 month old  Ting HTC Detail (just like the HTC EVO Shift) that I'd like to sell as I want to get a physically smaller phone...

July 11, 2012 00:51
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John Lafitte

I ended up selling my phones to Amazon.  I got $410 for the iPhone 4S and $56 for Evo 3D.  Everything went pretty smoothly.  The only downside is that Amazon will only give you a credit for trade ins.  I buy probably $500 worth of stuff on Amazon every year so I don't mind too much.  Cash would have been nicer though.

July 22, 2012 11:29
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Andrew Kaplan

You can also donate your phone to the local women's shelter.

September 05, 2012 08:19
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Jimmy Taing

I am selling a Samsung Galaxy S III White 16GB for $530, used for less then a week, never dropped, perfect condition since I don't use it. I have a case, and I have a screen protector on it. Military Grade Protection Armorsuit. Please give me a call, or text me at 626-200-6105.

October 09, 2012 02:44
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Amanda Williams

I'm not necessarily trying to sell my phone here but I do have a Droid Razr (the first Razr) from Verizon that's in pretty good condition. I won't say it's perfect as I initially did have a case on it but after it stopped snapping shut, I removed it. There's some light scuff marks around the edges but the screen works perfectly, the phone has no scratches and it holds a charge. I initially used to watch some videos on my phone during my lunch break at work but for the last year or so, I primarily use it just for GPS once or twice a week for a few minutes, to read on Kindle and to check my bank or email. In short, I'm a very light user :) I've had the phone though for nearly two years with my contract ending in November. While the phone's in pretty good condition with only small cosmetic blemishes, I also understand it's an older smartphone (though personally, I think they indeed did build it to where it's ahead of its time ^_^). I'm wondering what to ask for it though, if I do sell it. I love Verizon and the phone but I'm coming to terms that I'm a poor college student that has fooled myself into thinking I truly have Verizon money. Considering I barely use the phone for talk, text or data, a $87 phone bill doesn't make much sense :)

I'm at least waiting until my contract is over to avoid any ETF charges (though it shouldn't be much even now with me being so close...) but if you're perhaps interested, please email me at xxxxxxx@yahoo.com and I'll also be happy to provide pictures of the phone. If not, sometime around November, I'll likely put the phone up for sale on my eBay.

September 26, 2013 03:34
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Brennan Valenzuela
Ting

Hey Amanda, I removed your personal information for privacy. If you're looking to sell your device, it would be best to use our Buy and Sell forum. This is a help forum so you might not see a lot of traffic coming your way.

September 26, 2013 16:16