Help selling iPhone 5s

episcientist

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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?
 

bjb.butler

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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?
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.
 

solosdk

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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?
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
 

episcientist

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Feb 11, 2014
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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.
 

zone23

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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.
 

Lucille Carter

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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.
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.
 

zone23

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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.
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.
 

IpadSC400

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

regkilla

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

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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. :(
It depends where you live and what time you post the ad.
 

Lucille Carter

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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.
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.
 

zone23

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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.
Your right its probably them just picking me..
 

mysticbluebmw

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Jun 11, 2009
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Your right its probably them just picking me..
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.
 

phpmaven

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

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It depends where you live and what time you post the ad.
It was unlocked, so that's about right.

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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. :(
I guess it depends where you live.
You do have to be patient. Sometimes it takes a while.
 

kilcher

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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.