HOW TO SELL YOUR OLD PHONE
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, Quikr.com 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 ebay.in and www.olx.in. 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 phone.as 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.”