However, personal sales of items like the iPhone can be somewhat dangerous and you've probably heard stories about it. of someone who was a victim of fraud or theft by selling a cell phone.
According to Brian Morris, the website Flipsy.com, which serves to compare the resale value of mobile phones, you always get better value when selling the cell between users. This is a better option than selling it to a website. However, Morris adds that Gazelle and Nextworth typically pay 30 percent more than phone company programs.
There is a big difference between what you can get by a phone on eBay, Let Go and other resale websites. As of September 22, Flipsy reported that a 128GB iPhone 7 could sell for $ 508. However, resell websites pay $ 391 for the same device. This means that telephone companies only pay US $ 273.
According to these numbers, it's better if you sell the phone yourself, especially if the iPhone X costs $ 1,000. However, selling your cell phone can take time and can be dangerous. On Craigslist, there are people who never make it to the agreed date, even when you've been trading the price per message for hours. There are also criminals. There are people who have been mugged while meeting with the buyer and others who have received false money.
What to do? Exchanging your cell phone in Apple, some other Web site or telephone company is the safest. But if you really want to sell the phone to get more money, we give you some recommendations not to be a victim of theft. If you find someone on Craigslist, Facebook, eBay or any app like OfferUp or LetGo:
Check out the social networks of the
- If something seems suspicious, let the offer pass.
Check the buyer's reviews to see if it has a history of successful sales and transactions.
Let it be a public place
- Meet the buyer in a well-lit public place.
- If the police department in your city has safe places for online sales, use it. You can see a list of these sites at: Safe Deal Zone website
- Do not go alone. Take a companion to serve as a witness in case something goes wrong.
- Meet during the day and not at night.
- Never let you get paid with a check, as it can be fake or have no funds.
- Check the money before you deliver the phone. You can buy a pencil to detect if the money is false. These pencils cost less than $ 5 on Amazon.
Avoid using PayPal
PayPal can be very useful for the buyer, but not for the seller. If a problem occurs during the sale, PayPal tends to favor the buyer and allows you to challenge the charges. There are people who abuse this.
If someone buys your device and comes to pick it up in person, you can send a complaint saying that you never received the item. If you have no proof that you turned it in, you can not discuss the claim. For this reason it is better to get paid in cash.
Even if you send the phone by UPS or FedEx, the buyer can say that the cell arrived damaged or never arrived. If you definitely have to use PayPal, be sure to send the phone to secure addresses, do not deliver the item in person, request a signature for the receipt and describe in detail what you are selling.
You still do not know what to do?
If you are still not sure which is the best option, you should compare different resale sites.
"It's important to compare," suggests Yanyan Ji, vice president of marketing at Gazelle. Using reseller sites services has several benefits. For example, Gazelle respects the price of a device for 30 days and now has a promotion that extends it to 45. Thus your device does not lose value even if another version of the phone has been announced.
We recommend you evaluate the risks of selling your device on sites such as Facebook and Craigslist and choose the method that best suits you to get the best price for your old iPhone.