Selling Old iPhones

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Medusa3, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Medusa3 macrumors member

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    I have an immaculate iPhone 6S Plus, silver, 64GB, AT&T.

    I don't want to do the trade in thing because it's a low balling scam.

    Those services like Gazelle or something also seem to be low balling.

    I'm not asking for a crazy amount but is there anything other than eBay or Craigslist for selling iPhones at a somewhat respectable price?
     
  2. rzc16512 macrumors regular

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    Swappa
     
  3. JulesJam Suspended

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    $550 TIV is not a lowballing scam.
     
  4. fraile macrumors member

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    Trade in to your carrier in the US seems like the best option from an outsiders view. In Canada, carriers are only offering up to $350 TIV for any device regardless of condition.

    I can vouch for Craigslist being your best option to get best value, but it's a pain in the butt trying to weed out the low ballers and find someone who is willing to work with you.
     
  5. JulesJam Suspended

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    Many of us sell on swappa but if the phone is financed, you have to pay it off to sell it on swappa.

    Swappa's listing fee is $10 and you pay 2.9% + 30 cents in paypal fees. Then you of course pay for shipping - I ship with insurance, tracking and signature required so it gets pricey.

    Right now on swappa I would say you could get $425 for a 16GB iP6s+ but after shipping and fees, you would only net about $385.

    https://swappa.com/buy/apple-iphone-6s-plus-att

    Then you have to deal with the fact that the buyer has 6 months to do a chargeback thru paypal.
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    Not to mention potentially dangerous. And then there are the jerks who will agree on a price only to try to haggle with you to lower the price when you meet up with them.
     
  6. Medusa3 thread starter macrumors member

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    I was quoted $230 for an immaculate phone. That's a low ball to me. Not sure where you got the $550 figure. I would have taken that
     
  7. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

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    I sold an SE in Swappa a couple weeks back. Cleared about $360 after shipping and fees.
     
  8. JulesJam Suspended

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    That is what some carriers are offering you if you buy an iP7/7+ at least that is what Verizon will give you.
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    Must have been a 64GB model.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Swappa is becoming widely used, being its more technology savvy individuals participating. eBay has a large audience, but you risk fraud and losing your iPhone with the money.

    Craigslist is subjective, but it's cash in hand and you never see the buyer again. In My opinion.
     
  10. its Dale macrumors 6502

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    Incase you didn't know, go to the ATT sire and request a device unlock. Better chances of selling an unlocked phone. They have many apps like Offer Up where you can list items for sale. Most police stations now are safe exchange zones for private sales
     
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    Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    I sold my iP6s+ 128 on Swappa for $585 a couple of weeks ago. Sold in about 10 minutes and the buyer thanked me for having the price so low. Others were selling the same phone for mostly $650 at the time but I wanted it to go fast. Worked out great.
     
  12. IndianBird macrumors 6502a

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    It was 64 indeed.
     
  13. LasersGoPewPew macrumors regular

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    Another vote for Swappa here. I've sold several phones with no issues. Just sold an iPhone 7 32GB yesterday for $630. I ended up with $600 after fees and shipping.
     
  14. JulesJam, Oct 11, 2016
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    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/#/
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    There have been some fraudulent buyers on swappa, but the nice thing about swappa is that many times you have a history of comments/replies b/t seller and buyer and this helps with a paypal chargeback. Just be sure and be very accurate with the description, take lots of good photos and make sure you follow all of paypal's rules for seller protection.

    And importantly, don't sell financed phones on swappa. Pay them off in full before listing them.
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    I think buyers are crazy if they buy a phone from CL's from an anonymous seller.
     
  15. Relentless Power, Oct 11, 2016
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    Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    If you have good insight and are well versed with Craigslist, it's been successful for me. But I caution any newbie trying to rush a Phone to sell. Take your time and do you your homework!
     
  16. JulesJam Suspended

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    Did you sell or buy from CL's? I understand why sellers want to use CL, what I don't understand is how anyone could be so stupid as to buy a phone from CL. You have to be a moron to buy a phone from an anonymous seller on CL.
     
  17. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    I've sold several iPhones on CL throughout the years. Always meet in a busy crowded public place - ex. a busy starbucks - and bring a friend. I give full disclosure to my buyers by taking multiple close up pics and allowing them to check on the IMEI before buying. Yes, you do get low-ballers, but I just ignore them and use the burner app to make a fake phone number. Sold a 6 128gb for $450 cash last week which about the same as swappa - PayPal + shipping fees. Of course, zero chance of a PayPal chargeback which is the biggest scam around. Neither ebay or swappa protect you from that danger in which you're out of a phone, cash, and shipping fees!
     
  18. LunarFalcon macrumors member

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    I've also had good experiences on Swappa. I sold both an iPhone 6 and an SE there.
     
  19. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I sold from Craigslist. I would never purchase a used iPhone off there. I only purchase new iPhones as is. Fortunately, I'm a very honest and responsible seller. I provide documentation of the original receipt, original box and demonstrate the device is completely operable, with plenty of pictures. I also have the buyer complete and sign a bill of sale as well. If they don't meet my obligations, I turn down the offer and await a new buyer. Caution is key and ask questions when unsure of something.
     
  20. JulesJam Suspended

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    Right, I just don't understand why anyone would buy off of CL - the next day the seller can file a stolen device insurance claim and get the device blacklisted and if the buyer doesn't know the seller's real name and address, they are SOL.
     
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    like others said Swappa is great, but Craigslist is so easy and fast. Just meet at a carrier store or police station and only take cash or square cash.
     
  22. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I have yet to see this happen. Then again, signing a bill of sale, including all verified information from both parties signed, should be an indicator to safe guard your self.

    What do you believe is the best and safest method to sell a used iPhone?
     
  23. JulesJam Suspended

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    But very bad idea if you are the buyer. Only a good idea if you are the seller.
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    Then you don't read this forum and other phone forums much. It is a very common scam. The seller has insurance on the phone, sells the phone off of CL without giving proof of identity, then files an insurance claim for a lost/stolen phone. Seller gets a replacement iPhone for $200 deductible and buyer's iPhone gets blacklisted by the insurance company.
     
  24. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    It may be a common scam for the sloppy, "I want my money now" type of crowd.

    And which is exactly why I VERIFY identity, document identity and bill of sale is signed acknowledging the transaction. If those terms and conditions are not met, then the sale is terminated. Period. It's not difficult to understand. Like I stated previously, some rush the transaction and make stupid mistakes that will cost them. Others, like myself are honest and take the proper precautions to execute the sale. I don't buy ANYTHING off Craigslist, I only sell.

    For those who are scammed, it's unfortunate, but they made errors on their behalf. So be it.
     
  25. JulesJam Suspended

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    You have only sold on CL.

    It is the BUYER who needs to verify the seller's identity, not the other way around. The buyer needs to see the DL of the seller and most CL sellers aren't going to want to do that. Only a fool would buy an iPhone off of CL.

    Again, I see why you want to sell your iPhones through CL, but I think it is foolish for anyone to buy an iPhone off of CL.
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    It's apparently difficult for you to understand. You as the seller have no risk selling through CL for cash. It is the buyer who is at risk. Only a fool would buy an iPhone off of CL.

    With ebay and swappa, a buyer not only has an electronic record of the seller's info, they have 6 months of paypal protection.
     

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