Do you want to sell your cell phone? Are you wondering how you even go about doing it? Here is a guide for the most common and easiest methods to sell your phone.
Of course you may be giving your phone to old Aunt Mildred or maybe your toddler, but those are awful ideas. Keep those people screen free and go ahead and get the cash. No one wants Aunt Mildred on Facebook.
1. Carrier Trade-in Programs
One of the simplest methods to sell your phone is by turning it back into the carrier when you want to upgrade your phone. You will be given a credit to apply to your next purchase.
Pros- This is a simple and easy way to get some value out of your phone and thus super convenient. You also know it’s in good hands and secure.
Cons- They will only give store credit and the value will be way below market rate. Also, did you know that in America the cost of the phone is factored into your over all bill? That’s right. You pay money to get the new phone and then continue to pay for that phone over the life of your contract. The small store credit the carrier will give you for the phone is like a drop in the bucket compared to what they will make off your business through the life of the contract.
Eco ATM is like a cash machine for phones. You plug in your phone, they evaluate the value, you put it in the machine and cash spits out.
Pros: There is no haggling, it’s simple and there are over 900 locations. You can check out their website here to find one close to you.
Cons: EcoATMs notoriously pay way below market value.
Many people attempt to sell their phones by auctioning them off on eBay.
Pros: You will possibly be able to get a good price if you hold a good auction with high resolution photos and full details regarding the phone.
Cons: You may not get paid, there are chances of fraud, refunds, rip offs and disputes. It’s kind of a hassle.
Craigslist is a proven way to sell cell phones. You just create an ad for the phone and wait for people to reach out to you.
Pros: There is no faster way to get fast, decent cash for your cell phone than to post your phone with a good price on Craigslist. Craigslist is a great option if you are comfortable with the process of meeting people you don’t know for a business transaction. It is advised to always schedule phone transactions in a public place such as a Starbucks or similar location.
Cons: You may run into some creepy people or hustlers who attempt to pay you way less money than your phone is worth. It’s also possible your ad on Craigslist may get flagged.
5. On-line phone recycling programs like SellYourCell.com
There are a number of websites who will quote you a price for your phone. Once you accept the price you mail your phone in and you are sent a check. (Did you know SellYourCell.com was the original phone recycling website and is over 10 years old?)
Pros: SellYourCell is super easy. Just find your phone and the quoted price on our site, download and print your shipping label, put your phone in a box and mail it. A few days later you will receive a check. We have 10 years of trusted customer service and reliability behind us.
Cons: You will receive slightly below full retail value for your phone.
Please let me know if you know of any other trusted ways to sell cell phones in the comments.