If you are looking for the latest generation iPhone, you probably want to earn some extra money to sell your latest device. Best of all, iPhones tend to maintain their resale value well compared to leading Android brands, so it's never a bad idea to sell when the time comes.
Before you sell your old iPhone 7, iPhone X or XS Max, there are a few things you need to do to protect yourself and not be scammed. Here is our guide for selling your late iPhone model.
If you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 8 or an iPhone X and want to upgrade, you can lose a lot of change if you drag your feet. But the biggest drops are for older models that don't get the latest iOS update, so if, for example, you have an iPhone 6 that doesn't get the iOS 13 update, you should sell immediately because the value drops off a cliff when iOS 13 later this month is being rolled out. If you have decided to sell, the next big challenge is finding the best price. Here's how you sell your iPhone and get the best possible price for it.
Sell it to others directly on Craigslist, eBay, etc.
Craigslist, eBay and other online advertisements are a great way to sell your phone and will give you the most control over the selling price of your iPhone. If you are willing to deal with spam, scams, and junk emails, a lot of enthusiastic Apple fanatics are waiting to scoop up your old iOS device in an instant, regardless of the condition of the smartphone. With Craigslist and eBay you can set your asking price – unlike other online websites that offer you a fixed amount – and are often the fastest and most lucrative ways to dispose of your device in the environment or otherwise.  Craigslist prices always fluctuate depending on timing and availability, but many people are willing to pay a little more to avoid the hassle of shipping and waiting.
You can also consider a special market for mobile devices such as Swappa. It is free to mention your iPhone. You take verification photos & every advertisement is approved by Swappa staff. The selling costs are added to the price for potential buyers, and you must state shipping costs so that it costs you nothing extra to sell. Once you accept an offer, you must send it within two days.
Exchanging for credit
If you want to accept store credit instead of cash, there are several stores that offer gift cards instead of traditional payments. You essentially go through an assessment process and then they will make you an offer in the form of credit for a new phone or other items that they are selling. Online retailers such as Amazon and Apple offer trade-in programs via their websites, while many stores and providers, including Walmart, GameStop, Verizon and Best Buy, offer trade-in promotions in-store. Keep in mind that the amount of credit varies depending on the age and condition of your iPhone, as well as when and where you return it.
Sell it to a company
There are also numerous online companies that want to pay you the highest dollar for your old phone if you decide to abandon the hassle associated with Craigslist and the like. Most online services work the same way and require that you provide the necessary information, such as the provider, memory and physical condition before you receive a quote. After filling in the blanks, the websites will make you an offer and – if you accept – you can print a shipping label for the central address of the service. Just send the phone and you should receive the payment within a week or so via check or PayPal. Below is a list of some of the more painless services that are available.
You can shorten part of your research time by using the Flipsy website or SellCell that merge some of the seller's offers and give you the best options at a glance, but they do not cover every place that you want to sell.
Another option is the Orchard app. Install the app on your iPhone and it will give you an offer price. The nice thing about this is that it performs some tests on your iPhone and guides you through the appraisal process, so there is less chance that the offer amount will change upon receiving the phone. This service offers free shipping, but you will only be paid when a buyer is found. It is actually an iPhone marketplace, which means that you come into contact with people who really want to buy what you are selling.
How much is your old iPhone worth?
We decided to see how much you can get now, today (September 12, 2019), for an unlocked iPhone 7 32 GB, an iPhone X 64 GB on AT&T and an iPhone XS Max 64 GB on Verizon so we can get you give a comparison. These prices are based on a fully working telephone in good condition with the charger and cable. We've found some of the highest prices on eBay, and they can be higher than the averages we've posted, but auctions fluctuate so they can go lower, and you'll have to pay costs and organize postage and packaging. There are a number of decent trade-in prices offered by Amazon, but you will have to spend the money you earn with it. These are cash offers unless otherwise stated.
The eBay prices listed here are averages based on data collected by Bidvoy.
Used 32 GB iPhone 7 unlocked in good condition
- Best buy: $ 260 (gift voucher)
- eBay: $ 222
- UpTrade: $ 155
- Apple: $ 150 (gift voucher)
- Decluttr: $ 148
- Blazing Electronics: $ 136
- uSell: $ 131
- Glyde: $ 130 (trade-in value)
- Gazelle: $ 127  BuybackBoss: $ 110
- Amazon $ 100 ( gift voucher)
Used 64 GB iPhone X on AT&T in good condition
- UpTrade: $ 455
- Glyde: $ 425 (trade-in value)  Blazing Electronics: $ 421
- Decluttr: $ 412
- BuybackBoss: $ 405
- Apple: $ 400 (gift voucher)
- Best buy: $ 400 (gift voucher)
- uSell: $ 365
- eBay: $ 365
- Amazon: $ 315 (gift voucher)
- Gazelle: $ 310
Used 64 GB iPhone XS Max on Verizon in good condition
- eBay: $ 670  BuybackBoss : $ 635
- Blazing Electronics: $ 631
- Decluttr: $ 621
- UpTrade: $ 605
- uSell: $ 581
- Glyde: $ 580 (trade-in value)
- Best buy: $ 550 (gift voucher))
- Gazelle: $ 475
Tips to take with you
- Fast sell: The longer you hold your iPhone, the less money you are likely to get for it. When a new iPhone model is announced, many websites are bombarded with tradeoffs from people who want to upgrade to the latest and greatest. It is based on supply and demand, but prices will certainly fall with the passage of time. It is worth noting that some websites hold your price but still give you 30 days to submit the iPhone.
- Do your homework: Look around all the virtual pawnshops for the best available offer – don't settle until you know you get the best deal in town. If you are already planning to buy something from one of the retailers who offer gift vouchers instead of cash, it may be worth opting for the store credit as it is sometimes higher than the cash value you are likely to receive . Wipe your iPhone completely before you sell it: You don't want all your valuable data to fall into the wrong hands. The option Delete all content and settings can be found under General in the settings of your smartphone. Or follow our simple guide to resetting an iPhone to the factory.
For the best price for your new purchase, view our buying guides. Good luck with your sale and enjoy your sparkling new phone when it arrives!
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