Is eBay still the ideal place to sell last years model?

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  1. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    Or is there some better way of doing things? I don't really like Craigs list so looking for a safe online sale.

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  3. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

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    eBay or Amazon. Craigslist is ok too but meet at a starbucks or something. I usually bring a money pen if I use Craigslist. Apple Stores will give you money but it wont be as much as if you sold it. Gamestop will give you a good amount, but for higher memory phones they really don't give as much as they should
     
  4. Cuechick, Sep 14, 2015
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    This is a high risk item to sell on eBay but doable. They are also running a promotion right now, charging $5 max final fee no matter how much it sells for. Normally they charge 10% including you're shipping, so this is a good deal. However with their return policy there is a lot of potential to be scammed. A buyer only has to claim it was not as described and eBay will force a return and you will pay return postage. The buyer only has to show tracking so a scammer could put another phone or even pebbles in the box and most likely you will be out your phone and the money.

    Also be aware that if you don't have a lot of selling experience and low feedback you will be at even bigger risk because this is what the scammers look for.

    That said if you still want to sell it on there then I'd suggest do not sell outside the US, when you set up your listing you can exclude all the places you don't want to sell to, also block these countries in your paypal preferences. Some people have set up US address payment services that you ship to, then ship the item out of the country. So they can bid but then they can not pay if you have them blocked in paypal. I have not had a problem selling to these people but I don't sell high risk items.


    Take good photos and take a lot of them, show it from every angle and don't use flash! Set it up in place with good but indirect natural light. Show that it works in the photos as well. Then write s detailed description and disclose any issues with the phone...leave nothing for granted.

    If you do an auction do not start the price lower than you want it to sell for, eBay likes to give stupid suggestions, never listen to these. If you do a buy it now, check the box that requires immediate payment via paypal. That is important. You can also do it as fixed price listing... and require the same thing. This is the best option if you want to avoid someone buying your phone but then not paying for it. If you allow a best offer option, then again it does not require immediate payment on acceptance and you risk someone flaking....

    It it sells, keep a copy of the serial number for you records.

    good luck!
     
  5. frankdogg macrumors regular

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    I second that Swappa vote.

    Swappa is easy to sell (even though there's a ton of iPhone 6 and 6+ for sale atm). The great thing about Swappa is they only charge you $10 to list and sell.

    only bad thing about Swappa is the amount of low-ballers trying to get a steal price.
     
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    I used to suggest eBay but no longer. I have had great luck on Craig's List and if you are will to put up with a few crazies out there, it will result in a sale.

    eBay will get a lot of lookers and bidders but you are always taking a chance when you are talking about a desirable piece of electronics. eBay has also raise their fees to the point it is not worth it.
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I've successfully sold all my iPhones on ebay going back to the original and never had a problem; however, you're absolutely right that scammers tend to prey on inexperienced sellers. Experienced sellers know what red flags to look for and can usually stop them cold (including removing their bids before the auction ends and refusing to ship to the winning bidders with questionable accounts).
     
  8. billinaz macrumors 6502

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    Im sold on swappa. If you are reasonable on the price it should sell in 2 days or less.
     
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  10. bbplayer5 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    How is that more secure than eBay?
     
  12. ayobonus macrumors regular

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    Wow, I really wish I had known about this. I already listed by iPhone last week, and had no idea about this promotion. That's a lot of money to save.
     
  13. cap7ainclu7ch macrumors regular

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    I sold my 64gb Verizon 6 on eBay for $650 in July.
     
  14. Cuechick macrumors 6502

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    There are limits on the promotion and I think you have to list by the 30th or maybe even sell it by then but yes it can be a big savings.
     
  15. Surfer13134 macrumors 6502a

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    I also agree to be careful on Ebay. As someone who has a business store on Ebay,they are always people looking to scam you. Ebay most of the time sides with the buyer,forcing you to pay for shipping back. Ive had people replace the new items I sent them with the same old broken one they had. Its getting pretty ridiculous on eBay. If you do sell I highly recommend taking pictures of the serial number and device and even make a video showing the phone,date,who the buyer is and a quick video of you packing up the phone and sealing it up. This way if the buyer does try to scam you,you can send the video showing everything. I do this on all my high price items I sell.
     
  16. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    Kill the listing and relist.
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    But does it actually work, as that doesn't prove you didn't unseal it after the fact? In other words, have you ever sent ebay the video evidence and ebay sided with you specifically based on that?
     
  18. ayobonus macrumors regular

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    I looked into it, and even if you cancel a listing that has bidders on it, eBay will charge you the final value fee for ending an auction early. My phone is selling at $585 right now, so if I cancel it, I'll have to pay $58.50. Not worth it anymore..
     
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    Another vote for Swappa. I've sold 6-7 phones on there and not one issue. The $10 fee is peanuts compared to the average price of eBay.
     
  21. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    Ebay. Start at $0.99, 7 Days!!! Bidders go NUTZ ;););):eek::D:D
     
  22. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    Swappa... actually last week Gazelle was offering a generous price for a Verizon iPhone 6. I think they were offering $425 for a mint 16GB iPhone 6. Now its $360... LOL!
     
  23. nikhilnagaraj24 macrumors member

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    I have always had great luck and experiences with selling on Craigslist. Have sold at great prices. Sold my 64Gb 6+ Unlocked for $675 a week ago. Of course meet at a public place or even a carrier store to be safer and make the buyer comfortable too.

    Yes, there will be scammers who try to take you for a ride but they are fun to play with. I have done this enough number of times to be able to recognize a scammer right off the bat. The very first indication is they ask you to ship it somewhere and offer to pay you through paypal(more often than not, offering to pay more than your asking price). I always play along with them only to flip them off in the end.

    If you dont mind this, the returns are worth it. I WILL NEVER SELL ON EBAY.
     
  24. Surfer13134 macrumors 6502a

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    I have not but other eBay sellers have and eBay has sided with them. I'm not saying it's a fool proof way but it sure does help and gives you something more than just the buyers word against yours.
     
  25. mazdamiata210 macrumors 6502

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    I did mine on NextWorth and I got offered 400 - just waiting to ship it to them within my 30 day offer window. They will PayPal me the next day once it's received. I would get about 400 on craigslist or ebay anyway and I don't have to deal with idiot buyers this way.
     

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