How to Get the Most Money Out of Your Used Phone

So you’re looking to sell your phone because it’s a bit old or maybe because you were attracted by that latest iPhone ad. Luckily, there is money to be had for old phones. Selling your old phone is a better decision than just letting it sit somewhere else collecting dust. However, when it comes to selling old phones, there is no way you can control its depreciation rate. But, one thing is for sure. Selling your old smartphone that’s still in good condition could still give you a difference of hundred dollars. The key is to know the tips on how to get the most money from your used phone.

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Repair Damaged Parts

Send your phone to a repair shop if it has a broken screen. Do this if the only damage is the screen and the rest of the unit still works fine. If you’re looking to sell your broken Samsung phone, it is still possible that you can get a good amount of cash out of it. You can also get money out of a broken or water-damaged phone because there are companies who are willing to buy it. They would strip the parts that are still working and then use it when replacing the parts of other phones that are for resale. Ask some third-party resellers first about the price of a phone that has a broken screen and one that has no damage. Do this before you consider replacing your broken screen. If the price difference is quite significant, then go and buy a new screen. But, if the price difference is not too high, better leave it that way. 

Replace Your Old Case With a New One

Your old case probably looks ugly and this alone can have adverse effects on your chances of being able to sell it for a good price. So, you have to replace it with a new one. A good case helps prevent your phone from having dents and cracks. This way, you can be assured that it remains unblemished until the time you hand it over to the new owner or buyer. When buying a case, see to it that it provides complete coverage of all the edges around your phone. If your phone case looks new and attractive, your new buyer will also be excited to have it as his own. 

Check Your Phone’s Screen Protector

Screen protectors serve as sacrificial screens that you place on top of the original screen of your phone. If your old screen protector is plastic, better buy a new one. There are a plethora of options to choose from both online and in carrier stores near you. A good screen protector helps create the impression that your phone’s original screen has been well-protected all these years. In turn, you won’t find it difficult to sell your phone for a good price. It’s because once you have a good screen protector, you can bundle it with your old phone as part of its price. 

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Put it in the Box

It would be good if you still have your old original box. It is also better if you still have its original charger that’s still in good condition. Reboxing your old phone as close as possible to its original condition will also increase your chances of selling it at a high price. If you’re trading in your phone to its carrier, they may not care about the original box. But, if you’re looking to sell it via Swappa or Craigslist it must be placed in a box. Besides, placing your old phone in its proper box will make it more appealing to prospective buyers and this could mean more money for you. You will probably get more cash if you still have its original box, along with its copy of warranty and receipt. 

Make Sure Your Phone is Clean

This is important regardless of where you plan to sell your device. If you plan to sell it on Craigslist or Swappa or to any third-party sellers such as Declutter, you need to have it cleaned before handing it over. The same thing must be done if you are selling it to its manufacturer or carrier. There is no doubt you can get more money from a phone that looks and works like a brand new than from a smudgy looking phone. Note that you may not be able to wind up with the exact price you offered if the phone’s looks do not match the expectations of a buyer. Don’t forget to clean the box and its charger. No one would ever want to buy somebody else’s grime. 

Know Where to Sell it for the Most Money.

Now your phone is all geared up and ready to be handed to its new owner or buyer. However, there is still one thing to do. This is to look for places where you will be able to get the most money out of your used phone. Selling it directly to another person would be different from selling it to a buyback company. They would differ in terms of cash offers. However, selling it to another human being may increase your chances of getting the most cash. 

On the other hand, if you sell it to a buyback company some of them only offer an Apple or Amazon gift card. Other options include eBay and Mazuma. With eBay, you need to do all the legwork yourself. But, be careful not to list your phone as an auction, otherwise, you will not be able to get the most money. Always list your phone with the option to “buy it now”. Mazuma is a person-to-person marketplace which means you can sell your old phone without any third-party meddling. You will be paid directly as you can have the chance to communicate with other people who are also interested to buy your used phone. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of places where you can sell your used phone for the most money. You just have to do all the above-mentioned tips before selling to ensure every effort is all worth it. Hope you will enjoy your new smartphone.