Best Trade-in Value for iPhone Upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Gator24765, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. Gator24765 macrumors 6502a

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    I am looking to upgrade to the iPhone 7. I currently have the 6 plus on Sprint. Where would you recommend going to get the best trade in value.

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  2. Bart Kela macrumors 6502a

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    I read an article a few years ago about smartphone trade-in options and the one that generated the most money was a private party sale (just like used cars). That means Craigslist or eBay. That article also reviewed the carriers (bad value) as well as some third-party resale companies.

    Of those the one that offered the best value was Amazon, but they offered store credit rather than cash back. If you want cash, the service that returned the most money was Gazelle.

    There may be new players (does Apple offer trade-ins?) these days, but for sure, the third-party services are competitive and relatively hassle-free, important for those who don't want to deal with a private party sale via eBay, Craigslist, whatever.

    That may factor into your decision about whether or not you want squeeze every last dollar from your old phone or if you're willing to give up a few bucks for the sake of convenience. Since you neglected to mention this in your post, it's difficult to make a specific recommendation to you.

    I have used Gazelle once and Amazon once; I can't be bothered with a private party sale. I will probably continue to use Amazon as long as I remain an Amazon customer since I'm going to spend money there, I might as well claim the extra twenty or so bucks that Amazon will offer versus the other cash-back companies.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Gator24765 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I was thinking of places like BestBuy, Apple etc for a direct swap for credit for the new phone.
     
  4. Phildo_near_SD macrumors newbie

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    I have found the best upgrade program to be Apple's own upgrade program. They gave a decent amount for the initial upgrade and the future upgrade paid off the balance which exceeded the current trade in value for that phone.
     
  5. StoneCold X macrumors regular

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    I have used itsworthmore.com in the past and found they give a pretty good price
     

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