What’s The Best Way To Sell Your Old Phone?

What’s The Best Way To Sell Your Old Phone?

(Disclaimer: For transparency, I was paid to write this article about getting the most for your old phone, so the first half of the article are my thoughts. The second half of the article is about the company and how much better they are than their competitors 😆)

What’s The Best Way to Sell Your Old Phone?

So you got the latest smartphone, what to do with your old one?

A quick google search for “best way to sell your phone online” turns up many ads for websites that tout “Sell it here! We pay you cash!” etc.

But which one is actually good?

Are any of them scams?

And the most important question: “Which one will pay me the most?”

After all, you only have the one old smartphone, better make it count lol.

The Top 2 Companies To Sell Your Old Phone?

After you get past all the ads, the top websites that deal with old smartphones are, for example:


They cut out the middle man by having you take pictures of your old phone, post them to their website, you list a price, and then once someone buys it, I can only assume Swappa sends you a prepaid shipping label so you ship the old phone straight to the buyer.

I know this might sound cliché but after going through the Swappa.com website as a skeptic, I was surprised at how legit it seemed.

Here are some pics of the website:

screenshot of Swappa.com front page phonescreen shot of the Swappa.com website ending with credentials phone

As you can see, they have “credentials” and “social proof” that they’re not a scam lol.

I mean, They have the Wall Street Journal AND New York Times on there!

Must be legit, right?

Okay moving on.

Gazelle.com is one of the top two in the search along with Swappa.com.

The thing is, Gazelle’s credentials seem anemic compared to Swappa.

If you look at their webpage, they don’t have those WSJ or NY Times credentials but at least they have an A- grade with the Accredited business Bureau?

gazelle.com bottom page phone

Gazelle.com is interesting in that they will cover the cost of shipping your phone to them, they inspect your phone, and then give you a price.

If you’re unhappy with that price, they will send your phone back to you at no cost.

If you’re happy with that price, you pay you in one of a couple of ways.

If you’re a seller in a hurry, I don’t have a straight forward answer for you because if you list your phone on Swappa.com, you don’t have to spend days waiting for your phone to reach a central warehouse where it gets inspected, etc.

On Swappa.com, if your phone gets bought, you just ship it right to that person and make money.

HOWEVER, if there are no buyers on Swappa.com looking for your phone, then you’re out of luck.

Whereas, if you’re in need of cash in a decent hurry and wanted to get rid of the uncertainty of waiting around for a buyer, sending it to Gazelle.com might be the better choice.

Even though you have to wait till it reaches them and for them to inspect it etc., it might be more of a guaranteed income.

Therefore hedge your bets and decide?

Here’s A Nice List of Other Websites To Sell At

Underneath those two websites, this article compiled all the different ways in which you can sell your old phone in places should as Amazon, Best Buy, Craigslist, and eBay.

The article is written by personal finance blogger Jeff Proctor, and because I know the blogger, I would trust him to have compiled a decent list for you.

My only concern with eBay, Amazon, Best Buy, etc., is that Amazon and Best Buy seem like slower services and eBay is just a free-for-all.

However, because eBay has been around for a while, the amount of eyeballs going on that site searching for old smartphones might be higher than Swappa.com and Gazelle.com, even though these two websites are specifically just for smartphones and tablets.

What If There Was Another Website To Sell Your Old Phone?

What if there was another buyer of your old phone that would also give you top dollar and if, within 30 days, you find someone paying you more for the phone, they will not only pay you the difference, but double it!

This article goes in depth about sellcell.com.

I had never heard of that website until today because it didn’t pop up in the top when I google’d for the best way to sell my old phone.

sellcell.com website phone

The website looks slightly funny and maybe less “cool” compared to Swappa.com and Gazelle.com but it gets its message across.


I found 3 things interesting about this site.

1. It only SELLS phones. NOT buy them. You don’t sell to other people. You sell only to them.

2. It is not accredited by the business bureau like Gazelle.com was. However!

3. It was all these cool names of well-known companies in its roster, so it must be legit lol.

SELLCELL.com credentials phone

This Is Where I Leave You

This is where Jack The Dreamer ends and where sellcell.com picks up the mike lol.

Enjoy 🙂


I don’t know about you, but I have several old cell phones and an iPad laying around the house.

They’re laying around because I haven’t figured out what to do with them.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to sell your old mobile devices that were easy and available online?

Of course, the carriers would love to take them off your hands for you.

But that’s kinda like trading in your used car.

You get low balled and don’t get nearly what it’s worth.

After all, they have to resell the car at a profit.

I’m not sure whether it works that way with the major carriers.

All I know is few seem to want the old phones.

Another option is to sell it on the various marketplaces (Facebook, Craigslist, Letgo, etc.).

The problem with that is, well, it’s a hassle.

You have to create the listing, take pictures, post it, put up with all the crazy people that live on these sites, and, if you reach an agreement, find a way to get the phone to the buyer.

There is no guarantee you got the best price.

There is are risks in dealing with people you meet on social media.

Have you noticed all the scams executed on social media?

No thanks.

I have good news. There is a way to sell your old mobile devices AND get top dollar for them.

Here’s how to do it.

Sell Cell: A better alternative

You’re probably holding onto your old phones or tablets for one of two reasons: you’re procrastinating or you don’t want to put in the time and energy into actually selling them.

Well if you’ve been putting this off because you’re afraid of the work involved, you’re in luck.

With Sell Cell, the process is simple.

The process

You can complete the process in four easy steps:

  • Step 1: Search for your device: You can use the search box to find the device you want to sell. You can’t miss the search bar. It jumps out at you on the homepage. Take a look:

  • Step 2: Choose the best deal: SellCell compares prices from US phone recycling companies to find the best price for your phone. In fact, they have over thirty pre-screened, trusted buyers. They submit bids to these buyers to get the best price.
  • Step 3: Ship your device: Once you have discovered the best price for your phone or tablet, follow the shipping instructions given by the recycling company.
  • Step 4: Sit back and collect your cash: Once the company has inspected the phone, they will send your money to your chosen payment method.

Sounds easy right?

Well, it is.

Who doesn’t like to earn extra cash for putting in minimal work?

And the best part about using Sell Cell is their price guarantee.


They guarantee the best price.

More on that shortly.

Instilling buyer confidence

If you’re looking to trade in your old phone, there can be a drastic difference between the highest and lowest price.

Since SellCell compares prices from companies around the nation, they can offer the best deal for your used phone.

They are so confident about finding the best price, that if you find a better price within 24 hours of your sale, they will double the difference.

That’s right, double the difference.

Check it out:

Image of Sell Cell price guaratee

Protecting the environment one cell phone at a time

SellCell is not only great for your wallet, but it’s also great for the environment as well.

A lot of phones are re-sold and re-used.

This keeps them out of landfills, which in turn, is good for the environment.

Cell phones tend to contain toxic chemicals that may pollute the environment if they end up in landfills.

If there is no demand for your older phone you can rest assured your phone will be safely disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

The best time to sell your device

The simple answer is: right now.

The longer you wait the less valuable your device will be.

It will collect dust in your closet and you may even end up forgetting about it.

If you want to maximize your dollars, you need to sell it today.

Manufacturers are constantly producing new models to capitalize on profits.

When they put out new models, therefore making the older models become less and less valuable.

Final thoughts

If you’re like me, you’re probably holding onto a mobile device that you no longer use.

Let’s face it, trying to sell these phones on your own is a pain.

That’s why my old phones have been laying around for several years.

I just don’t want to spend my time trying to nickel and dime with people online.

Not to mention trying to sort out the scams.

Until discovering companies like Sell Cell, I didn’t know there was a good alternative.

I bet you didn’t either.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

A lot of these devices hold some sort of value.

Even if they have damage, you should still consider selling them.

That’s what I plan to do.

And I’m choosing to use Sell Cell over the other competitors for two main reasons.

  1. They have over thirty sites that compete for the business.
  2. Their price guarantee takes most of the risk away from the process. Remember. They don’t just pay you the difference. They double it. That says a lot about the confidence they have in their process.

If you have cell phones laying around, here’s what I’d suggest.

Collect the device and then hop over to SellCell.com.

Sell them for a little extra cash while decluttering your home.

Not only are you making a little extra cash you’re putting your outdated device in the hands of someone who will appreciate it a lot more.

I don’t know about you, but I love these kinds of win-win deals.

This post was published in partnership with Sell Cell.com. It originally appeared on The Money Mix. It’s republished here with permission.

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