Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

The first op­tion is to list your phone on­line and wait for some­one to buy it (not rec­om­mended). The sec­ond, and more prac­ti­cal way of get­ting rid of your old phone, is to di­rectly ap­proach a buyer.

1 ON­LINE POR­TALS Re­mem­ber that Quikr ad that keeps pop­ping up on the TV screen? Yes, al­lows you to sell your phone as well. You have to ei­ther regis­ter on the web­site or sim­ply post the ad with a valid email id and the rel­e­vant de­tails to sell the hand­set. Ideally, an ad should in­clude a clear im­age of the phone, de­tails such as brand name, model num­ber, pur­chase date, rea­son for sell­ing the de­vice, ac­ces­sories of­fered with the phone, price that you are ex­pect­ing, etc. You can also get sim­i­lar ser­vices if you regis­ter with and How­ever, post­ing an ad on­line does not nec­es­sar­ily mean it will get you buy­ers. Even if you get one, there are many more ques­tions to worry about. The big­gest con­cern is what if your buyer de­mands to look at the phone be­fore fi­nal­is­ing the deal. And what if your buyer be­longs to a dif­fer­ent city? Some buy­ers might de­mand you ship them the prod­uct first. How can you be sure that you will get the money? Some buy­ers might even ques­tion the prove­nance of phone—of­fi­cially pur­chased or a stolen de­vice? Be­fore list­ing on­line, just think whether you would ever buy a used phone from a web­site with­out check­ing the hard­ware. Your an­swer would give you a hint.

2 SO­CIAL NET­WORK A new medium to sell your smart­phone is to post it on your so­cial net­work like Twit­ter or Face­book. The post is vis­i­ble to your friends on the net­work and they can fur­ther retweet and share it to get to more buy­ers in line. While it seems an easy way to sell some­thing, there is no cer­tainty that you will be able to sell the de­vice. Also, some of your friends might be aware of the way you use the phone. If han­dled with care, you are likely to get a buyer in a friend or among friends’ friends. If posted on Twit­ter, an un­known fol­lower might be in­ter­ested in buy­ing the de­vice. But be sure to men­tion the lo­ca­tion of the in on­line trans­ac­tions, you might be re­quired to show the hand­set to the in­ter­ested party be­fore ped­dling it and pay­ment has­sles across states can also be avoided that way.

3 LOCAL RE­TAIL The most com­mon prac­tice to get rid of the old phone is to walk to the mo­bile shop next door. Th­ese re­tail­ers can be any­one—the com­pany store, or­gan­ised re­tail chain or even a local re­tailer. While the com­pany-owned store and or­gan­ised re­tail chan­nel is likely to put for­ward an ex­change of­fer, in local re­tail stores you can ex­change the phone for cash as well. When we tried to sell a few pop­u­lar smart­phones at the former, the price quoted was much less than what most of the local re­tail­ers of­fered. Also, there was a no­table dif­fer­ence at one stand-alone shop in a mar­ket in com­par­i­son to the mo­bile hubs like Gaf­far Mar­ket. More­over, this medium is quick and ef­fec­tive. You can ac­tu­ally ne­go­ti­ate with the buyer about the price at which you wish to sell. If one shop re­fuses, you can ob­vi­ously try an­other. But to crack a good deal, you need to keep a lot many things in mind. Al­ways clean the phone be­fore tak­ing it to the re­tailer. If pos­si­ble you can also spend a few hun­dred ru­pees to get the phone ser­viced. Carry the orig­i­nal bill of the phone. If you don’t have one, you are likely to get less. In case you have the orig­i­nal box, bring it along. Ac­ces­sories like data ca­ble, head­sets, charger, memory card, CD, etc. are also very im­por­tant. In case you have some ad­di­tional ac­ces­sories that you will not use it in the fu­ture, in­clude them too. It will give you a bar­gain­ing chip with the buyer. Al­ways have a rough idea of how much your phone costs be­fore try­ing to hawk it. Your at­ti­tude, mar­ket knowl­edge and con­fi­dence can help you get more out of the buyer. Some shop­keep­ers also re­pair phones. It is likely that they will buy an en­try-level and mid-seg­ment phone of a known brand like Nokia just to can­ni­balise the in­ter­nal com­po­nents like the mi­cro­phone or the screen. If you are not in love with your de­vice, go for it. The con­di­tion of the hand­set plays the big­gest role in de­ter­min­ing the price. If the phone looks new, you are likely to get more money. Woe to you if the body and dis­play are scratched. Al­ways take your phone to a cou­ple of stores be­fore sell­ing. This will give you an idea of the phone’s ac­tual worth in the mar­ket. Carry an ID proof at the time of sell­ing a phone. Mum­bai re­seller Man­ish says, “Many shop­keep­ers avoid buy­ing a phone with­out the orig­i­nal bill as it can be a stolen de­vice that will land us in trou­ble. Even from those who pro­duce the bill, we of­ten ask for ID proof to be on the safer side.”

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