iPhones are the best selling phone model ever. And if you’re looking for a little extra cash and have an old iPhone sitting around the house, then you could use it to make some money. Maybe you want to upgrade to an iPhone 5, or maybe you already have your new phone and your old one is just taking up space. Of course, you could ask around and see if anyone wants it, but that seems like an awful lot of trouble when there are much easier ways to take care of the problem. Here’s some advice on how you can sell your old iPhone model easily and in a relatively safe way…
For most people who want to sell an iPhone ebay is the easiest option. You simply log in, list your phone (along with a current picture), and let the bids come rolling in. There are a few problems with listing your iPhone on ebay, however. Firstly, if you’re not a regular seller with a good history, people might not want to bid on your auction. Secondly, there is the risk that you’re going to get scammed and won’t get your money. Ebay does its best to minimise this risk, but it’s still there. And then you have to go through all the trouble of moderating your auction and sending out packages. But there is an easier way…
Ebay Instant Sell
If a regular iPhone ebay listing isn’t for you, you might want to try eBay’s instant sell programme. There’s no auction, you just head onto ebay, put in all the info about your phone (and answer a few questions about its condition) and receive an instant offer. Accept the offer, print out the shipping label, send it off and wait for Paypal payment. It’s that simple. Sure, the prices may be a little lower than with an auction, but it’s a lot less hassle, and you get guaranteed payment, making it safer.
The Apple Reuse and Recycle Programme
This isn’t a guaranteed bet, but if you’re selling your iPhone in order to get a new iPhone, then this might work out for you. Head over to the Apple website and tell them which model you have, answer a few questions about the condition of your phone and get an estimate. If you accept the quote, you send your phone in an Apple will pay you with an Apple Gift Card (not cash, so you do have to spend the money on Apple products, so it’s probably only a good idea if you’re looking for an iPhone upgrade).
The High Street…
Heading down to a used phone store, or even sometimes a mobile phone service operator, can gain you a sale. The down side of doing this is that it’s a little more work than listing on the internet, plus prices on the high street tend to be lower than over the web. You do, however, get a real live person buying your phone, and you get cash in hand, so no waiting around for an online payment that may or may not come.
Phil Turner advises all owners looking to sell their used iPhone. Ebay is a great solution. It’s easy, it’s in the comfort of your own home and it’s guaranteed.