eBay Debuts New Smartphone Trade-In Program 'Instant Selling'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    eBay today launched a new option for customers who are looking to trade in their iPhones or other smartphones, which it's calling "Instant Selling." Using this feature, you can list an old iPhone and get paid instantly with an eBay voucher.


    Instead of listing an old device on eBay as normal, waiting for bids to come in and for payment to be received, eBay is making this process easier with Instant Selling. To use the program, visit eBay, enter your device's information to see if it's eligible, add images, list the device, and get a quote.

    Afterwards, you'll receive an instant eBay voucher representing the resell cost of the smartphone, which you can then put towards the purchase of a new smartphone or anything you come across on eBay. The retailer will also provide a shipping label for you to ship out your old iPhone.
    eBay's program will be helpful for anyone who plans on doing a lot of holiday shopping on the site, since the provided voucher is only accepted on eBay. If you think that might be you, eBay says that Instant Selling provides higher trade-in values on average in comparison to sites like Gazelle, EcoATM, Apple's GiveBack program, and more.

    A table that eBay provided highlights its high-end values, but it still looks like Instant Selling could be a solid trade-in option for eBay shoppers. eBay offers $579 for an excellent condition used 64GB iPhone X, compared to the Apple GiveBack program's $525.


    As of now, Instant Selling eligibility includes unlocked smartphones on Verizon and AT&T, the Samsung Galaxy S7 to S9+, and the iPhone 6s 16GB to iPhone X 256GB. Next month eBay will add Sprint, T-Mobile, Google Pixel, and some LG devices to the program.

    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with eBay. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    Article Link: eBay Debuts New Smartphone Trade-In Program 'Instant Selling'
  2. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I noticed they didn't list Swappa on the comparison chart. Plus, you have to deal with eBay and PP fees (not to mention the plethora of scammers).
  3. lostczech macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2009
    So will this replace the buyback banner on the website? ;)
  4. Tokenfreak macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2011
    Yeah I just sold my iPhone X 256 GB on swappa for $709
  5. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  6. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    They won't even accept the iPhone I'm using right now (6+) nevermind the other ones in the house that I no longer need (3GS, 4S, and a 6).
  7. WAM2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2011
    United States
    I just tried this and it's not instant sell it just creates a regular ol eBay listing?
  8. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    They're able to give more money because it's in the form of an eBay voucher. So they get a cut of you phone's sell value, and then another cut of whatever you buy with the voucher.
  9. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    What the hell is an ebay voucher? Is that like store credit? Cause in that case i would stick to swappa.
  10. Apple.Fanatic macrumors member


    Oct 27, 2015
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Yeah, I noticed that as well. I kept going through the steps and just took me to the create a listing page. Realized you have to list the device and then you get the quote. I guess that way they can charge you eBay fees for the sell + make more fees when you buy something with the eBay voucher vs getting cash.

    I'd just do normal eBay listing or craigslist before this. If I'm going to pay fees, I'll get more with a normal listing + cash vs dumb eBay voucher.
  11. luvbug macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2017
    If you received the trade-in value in cash, this might be interesting, but getting paid with an Ebay credit? No way! To think that you could actually spend the credit on Ebay, without getting scammed in one way or another, is overly optimistic IMO. Who needs that?
  12. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Does the voucher have an expiration date? I may use this for future iTunes gift cards that go on sale for 15% off at the Paypal store front (like the current sale going on!)
  13. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    How about doing something about buyers scamming sellers. That's why most individual and small sellers are scared away. So, you just end up with a bunch of power sellers a bad prices on used items. eBay is too heavy handed with siding with buyers. Making it far too easy for scammers.

    I've sold a bunch of small items. Because they weren't worth much. It was just old junk that either would go to Goodwill or get a few bucks for. But I'm not about to sell any higher value items. Especially electronics.

    Also bring back reviews for buyers and sellers. Let sellers ding a bad buyer. If you want to prevent retaliatory reviews. Make it a double blind review. Set a two week review window from the delivery confirmation date or one month from the payment/close date. Neither sides review goes live nor are they aware of a review being submitted until either the review window closes or both have left reviews.
  14. WAM2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2011
    United States
    yeah. just another way for eBay to make money off people. Their fees are stupidly high.
  15. Wanted797 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    These things are always and still are a rip off.

    Sell of a free site and meet the person locally and you’ll always get more for your phone.
  16. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 68000

    Darmok N Jalad

    Sep 26, 2017
    eBay “buys” your phone with a voucher, so there would be no selling fees from eBay or PayPal.

    I know I have stopped selling. I recently listed an item for Buy it Now for $449.99 or best offer (no auction). I shortly after got a best offer for $449 by a new buyer with no rating. It sure seemed fishy that someone best offered me for merely a 99 cent discount. With many of my past dealings with deadbeat or accusational buyers—all for the privilege of steep fees, I pulled my item and have not gone back. I would probably use this voucher program, as there are retailers that have eBay storefronts (like Best Buy or Adorama), so I could easily use my voucher there. It otherwise is quite a minefield.
  17. racerhomie macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2015
    Craigslist is the most honest. Just learn to deal in a public space.
  18. coachgq macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    Which is crazy because with a trade in that you can buy for $110 on ebay (pixel), you can get $390 off an iPhone XS at TMo, meaning that before tax, you can get a phone that's a year newer for $50 more.
  19. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    You waited to long, your bad.
  20. lec0rsaire, Oct 22, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018

    lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    Here’s a tip for everyone: Sell your devices and really whatever big ticket items you’re selling privately. It is less convenient but you will get top market value. Preferably CL instead of eBay. I don’t like handing over 10%.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 22, 2018 ---
    I suggest you keep them! I believe the 3GS can be restored to iOS 3.1.3-4.2.1. The 4S can be downgraded to iOS 6. There are firmwares out there. All they need is a fresh battery and they will be worth more money in the long run if they are on older firmwares. There are a lot of nostalgic people out there. The newer devices like the iPhone 6 are nearly impossible to downgrade and since iOS 8 was already pretty modern, it’s not as in demand as iOS 1,2,3,4,5,6.

    https://ipsw.me/#!/version iOS 4.1 3GS
    https://ipsw.me/#!/version iOS 6.1.3 4S
  21. fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Nice. I love eBay, but selling phones on eBay used to be hard. Had to deal with scammers in Ukraine trying to buy my phone even though it's US shipping only and restricted to US buyers.
  22. honglong1976 macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2008
    Ebay is great for buying stuff but not great for selling. FB marketplace is slowly taking over!
  23. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Ehhh, I'm done with eBay. I went into the specifics of my last scammer experience here. That was weeks ago and this dude is still active and now over 10 people have reported him to eBay. They just don't care.
  24. jakebrosy macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2011
    So weird. eBay offered me 67% of what I was paid for an iPhone7 less than 2 weeks ago. But only in eBay bucks AND you still pay the 10% eBay transaction fee. eBay makes 43% on your device plus 10% when you spend your bongo-bucks. That's 53% of the price if you had sold it yourself!

    It's like working for the company store.

    eBay's nice that way. Thank you eBay; may I have another?

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  25. burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    Obviously because Swappa is a sales site not trade in.

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