- Aug 15, 2010
Just trying to decide what to do with this iPhone 4. I know each has drawbacks.
Amazon's trade-in program is by far the best. They give you way more money than Gazelle and other trade-in company's. Amazon gives you amazon credit instead of cash, but if you're like me, that isn't a problem since I use amazon for a lot of my shopping. Yes, you might be able to get more money from somewhere like ebay, but amazon is a lot easier to do than ebay.
I did that too, but no one wanted my 4SNeither.
I'd post it on Facebook and just let people I know know that I have an iPhone for sale.
That's been working fine for me. If possible I prefer to sell to people I know.
I went with craigslist and got almost double of what Gazelle was offering me for my iPhone 4... Gazelle offered $174 for my mint condition AT&T 4 unlocked... On craigslist I got $325.... I put it up and had offers within 30 minutes. I dont think gazelle cares whether its unlocked or not, whereas you can get a little more value on craigslist for that.Gazelle
My experience differs with yours on craigslist and ebay. I tend to make more from craigslist because ebay doesn't take a cut of the final price.Craigslist - You get cash, slightly less than you would get on eBay but you get your money instantly and a decent amount and don't have to deal with the sky high eBay/Paypal fees or scamming buyers. Don't be stupid about where you meet. Do inside a mall or major retail store.
Amazon - You get a decent amount as well but it's Amazon credit. Could be as good as cash if you're a big time Amazon shopper like myself. Another option is to sell it in their marketplace yourself. You just have to wait for the money to transfer to your bank account.
eBay - Selling it yourself on eBay nets you the highest amount possible even after fees due to the massive number of buyers on the site. You take the risk of the item being returned for 'not as described' or possible fraudulent chargebacks via Paypal. You can also use their 'instant sale' but I've heard many reports of them quoting people a high price and then giving a new much lower quote once they have actually received the item. They also make it difficult to get in touch with them if you want to decline the offer and get your phone back. Be weary.
Gazelle and other 'Instant Sale' Sites - I wouldn't sell mine here unless you're really afraid to sell anywhere else and don't care how much you get for your device. You can usually get almost double what they quote you if you just sold it elsewhere. Hell for some of the prices they're giving people '$250 for a 32GB 4S' you could sell your phone in 5 minutes with that low of a price on Craigslist.
Personally I would use Craigslist since it's the easiest and fastest way to sell it while still making a decent profit. Take good pictures and put your contact number (I use my Google Voice number instead of my real one) and you'll get a legit buyer pretty soon.