How to sell your old phone

The Punch - - GADGET SMART -


Whether you are trad­ing in an old phone to your car­rier, us­ing an on­line trade-in site or sell­ing it on your own, these tips could help you get more cash for your phone.

The sea­son of new phones is here, from the Gal­axy Note 10 to three brand new Ap­ple phones, the iphone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Google’s Pixel 4 is right around the cor­ner. Trad­ing in or sell­ing your old phone is a great way to help fi­nance your new one, and car­ri­ers, phone-mak­ers and in­de­pen­dent trade-in sites can of­fer stag­ger­ingly good terms to hand over your old phone (Take this ag­gres­sive half-off T-mo­bile deal for the iphone 11, for ex­am­ple.)

But no mat­ter which way you go to sell your phone or trade it in to a car­rier, even if you are us­ing a peer-to-peer mar­ket­place like Craigslist or Face­book Mar­ket­place, you may have more con­trol over how much you get.

OK, no, you don’t have con­trol over the rate of phone de­pre­ci­a­tion, but tak­ing good care of your phone could make hun­dreds of dol­lars of dif­fer­ence. The key is to think about these things now, not days be­fore you are ready to move on. here is what you need to look out for.

What­ever you do, don’t skip the case

Yes, it’s ugly. Yes, you need one: You prob­a­bly al­ready use a case to keep your phone’s del­i­cate glass screen and back from break­ing. We know, we know, it ru­ins the ap­peal of a par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful gra­di­ent de­sign or colour, but if you want to keep your phone look­ing dent- and crack-free when you sell it, a case is the way to go.

Buy the case be­fore you start us­ing your phone. Phones can and do drop and shat­ter within min­utes of com­ing out of the box.

Com­plete cov­er­age all around the edges, and some sort of rise – even a small one – be­tween the screen and the lip of

Smart tip: What to look for:

the case.

Buy a screen pro­tec­tor. Now

Why you need it: Screen pro­tec­tors are sac­ri­fi­cial screens that you layer on top of the phone’s orig­i­nal dis­play – buy a glass one, not plas­tic. There are oo­dles of them in your car­rier store and on­line. A good one can cost you, but a $30 screen pro­tec­tor is worth it in the long run if it helps you nab hun­dreds of dol­lars more for your phone when it comes time to sell it or trade it in.

Screen pro­tec­tors can break when you drop the phone – that’s what they’re for. It’s not a bad idea to keep a spare on hand in case yours breaks, so you won’t have a gap in pro­tec­tion if you do need to switch it out. If you don’t need it and you sell your phone on the open mar­ket, you can bun­dle in the screen pro­tec­tor as part of the price.

Keep a spare:

Keep the box and all the parts re­ally!: Car­ri­ers will pre­fer to have your orig­i­nal charger, but may not care about the box when you trade-in a phone. But if you sell the phone through Craigslist or Swappa, your buyer will. re­box­ing the phone in its orig­i­nal con­di­tion – or as close as you can get to it – will make your de­vice more ap­peal­ing, which will trans­late into more bucks.

What about the case? You can sell that, too.

Re­ally clean your phone be­fore you sell it Clean­li­ness is money-ness: This one’s im­por­tant, whether you sell your phone to a stranger, through a third-party re­seller like Gazelle or back to the car­rier or man­u­fac­turer. You’ll get more for a phone that looks and works like new than you will for a crusty hand­set that’s merely limp­ing along.

Since you won’t get paid you un­til the buyer in­spects your de­vice, you may not wind up with your ask­ing price if the used phone doesn’t match up to ex­pec­ta­tions. Clean­ing your phone the right way be­fore send­ing it in is well worth the ef­fort.

What about the parts? Wipe down the box and case with a lightly damp cloth or pa­per towel, too. No­body’s buy­ing your grime.

Re­pair­ing a cracked screen could be worth it

Work the math: You might wind up with more in your pocket if you re­pair a bro­ken phone (e.g., through U Break I Fix or Ap­ple stores) be­fore try­ing to sell it to a third-party re­seller or trad­ing it in.

Why even bother? Bro­ken phones still re­tain some value be­cause they can be re­fur­bished or stripped for parts to ei­ther re­cy­cle or re­pair other phones for re­sale.

Go on a third-party re­seller site or your car­rier’s trade-in site to see how much they es­ti­mate the value to be for your cracked-screen or wa­ter-dam­aged phone, ver­sus the value for a phone with no dam­age. Then com­pare that to the cost of a re­pair. If there is enough of a dif­fer­ence (e.g., your phone is fairly new or in high de­mand), it might be worth the has­sle.

How to tell:

What else do I need to know?

In all cases, you will need to back up your phone and re­turn it to fac­tory set­tings be­fore hand­ing it off. This will help pro­tect your iden­tity and make sure you keep all the pho­tos and other data you need to switch over to a new de­vice. There is much more in­for­ma­tion here about re­selling a phone, in­clud­ing some sug­ges­tions for third-party re­sellers and how to com­pare pric­ing so you get the most bucks.

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