Help selling iPhone 5s

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  1. episcientist macrumors newbie

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    I purchased the unlocked 16GB iPhone 5s a couple months ago and realize now that I need the 32GB model for my usage. I've never sold a phone this new before so I was hoping for some input on the best way to do it. In the past I used Gazelle.com since it was super easy and fairly priced for old phones. But for a flawless unlocked 16GB model they are pricing it at only $350. Should I expect more than this? Any recommendations on where to sell?
     
  2. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    Craigslist will always get you the most money (and CASH in hand). If you don't live in a well-populate area, or do not feel comfortable doing that, I'd suggest swappa.
     
  3. solosdk macrumors regular

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    The best way, and IMO, ONLY way to sell your iPhone for the best price is eBay. I guarantee you can get about $450-500 on ebay
     
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  5. taptic macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, Craigslist is usually best and doesn't charge you crazy fees like eBay.
     
  6. aneftp macrumors 601

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    $450-500 (than minus fees/shipping)= net $400 usually.
     
  7. episcientist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow thank you guys for all the info! Looks like the $350 from Gazelle is a little low but not far off from selling it myself (less the fees, shipping, and potential headaches). In that case, I may wait for the iPhone 6 to come out before selling the 5s.
     
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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  9. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I suggest swappa or Craigslist as well. Ebay is a waste of time. The last couple times I tried to sell something on Ebay the buyer never paid. Huge waste of time.
     
  10. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    eBay is good. I make most of my money off of it. Craigslist people assume you stole it. Every time
     
  11. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    eBay will almost always net you the most money, even after fees. If you play by the rules you are quite safe. Over 780 transactions and all good.
     
  12. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    How many times have you sold something and the buyer never pay? Screw that. I know its happened to me at least twice so its had to happen to you.
     
  13. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I've always had good luck with Craigslist. eBay is a waste of time.
     
  14. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    Nonsense. I've sold a number of iPhones and iPads on Craigslist and I've never had anyone accuse me of stealing the phone. I just sold a 16GB 5S yesterday for $510.
     
  15. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    I have never had any bites on CL when I post my iPhones for sale there. Maybe one or two...lowballers. :(
     
  16. regkilla macrumors 6502

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    They overpaid. I would never pay that much for a 16gb.

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  17. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry but I remember one person taking over a week to pay but they all paid so maybe you need to look at you, the seller as a possible problem.

    I will admit that selling something like a iPhone will bring the crazy people out of the woodwork but I cancel people bids all the time if they do not have at least 10 positive feedbacks and any problems with paying.
     
  18. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Your right its probably them just picking me..
     
  19. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    Glad you came to the right conclusion.:)
     
  20. mysticbluebmw macrumors regular

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    Of course it does happen to people. Myself, out of 600-700 personal sales, I have had at most 1-2 people not pay. And yes, you can be part of the problem. Your design of the auction page can attract the wrong crowd, and your email communications can put people off as well. Especially if you are not contacting people personally at all.

    To the OP, eBay is without a doubt the best way to get the most money from a purely online standpoint. I upgrade every year to the newest iPhone, while selling off the old one, and I ALWAYS MAKE a couple of hundred dollars on the trade up. Though CL is another way to make the most money you will have to risk meeting someone, and hope they show up. Non-payers on CL are WAY MORE inconvenient than on eBay.
     
  21. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    It was unlocked, so that's about right.

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  22. kilcher macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure how "fair" Gazelle is with their offers but I just looked up my unlocked 64GB iPhone - $265 in like new condition. Ouch.
     
  23. regkilla macrumors 6502

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    $400ish for an unlocked 16gb.
     
  24. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    Negatory. I don't know where you're coming up with that. Unlocked 16GB 5Ss are going for $500-600 on eBay and selling for at least $500 and more on craiglist, at least where I live. You would have to be an absolute sucker to sell one for $400.
     

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