Today’s post is from Kathleen Garvin with The Penny Hoarder.

Maybe you have an old phone lying around. Or perhaps the recent Apple event has you looking to upgrade.

Either way, there’s money to be had for selling your old devices.

I decided to sell my iPhone 8 (64GB, unlocked). I had it for almost two years before upgrading to a new phone, the iPhone X. After buying my new smartphone, my old one had been sitting in a cracked case collecting dust on my nightstand.

It was time to look into selling it. But where? Thanks to the internet, there are more options now than ever to sell cell phones.

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Top Places to Trade-In Your Smartphone for Money

Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or just looking to unload your phone for some extra cash, checkout these five options.

1. Buyback Boss

Buyback Boss currently only accepts iPhones and iPads. However, the service does offer the highest price guarantee: If you provide a current offer from any buyback site for the same condition device, Buyback Boss will match it.

Choose your phone, network (like At&T, Verizon, etc.), storage capacity and condition — brand new, mint, used, damaged or broken. Then you’ll receive an offer.

Shipping is free — Buyback Boss will supply you with a prepaid label — and you can ship your item in a box or padded envelope. You’ll get paid via check or PayPal and receive payment soon after your item is received. Talk about hassle free selling.

As of June 2020, my Apple iPhone 8 (64GB in good condition) received an offer of $125.

(Image credit: BuybackBoss.com, June 2020)

To recap:

  • Is there a cost to list the item? No
  • Does the service take a cut of your sale? No
  • Is shipping free? Yes
  • How are you paid? Check or PayPal

Other Items They Buy

  • Samsung galaxy
  • Google Pixel phones
  • iPads
  • iPods
  • Apple Watches

Trustpilot Score: 4.9 out of 5

2. BuyBackWorld

BuyBackWorld has been buying and selling used smart phones since 2009. It’s an easy site to use. Just enter your phone information, including model, memory and condition.

You’ll get an immediate quote on the price. If you like the quote, just accept it and they’ll send you a free shipping label. Once you’ve shipped your phone, you get paid within two days.

You can choose to get paid via PayPal, Direct Deposit, with a BuyBackWorld credit or prepaid gift card.

As of June 2020, the quote I got for my Apple iPhone 8 (they only buy 8’s with 128 GB) in average condition was $140.

(image credit: BuyBackWorld June 2020)

To recap:

  • Is there a cost to sell the item? No
  • Does the service take a cut of your sale? No
  • Is shipping free? Yes
  • How are you paid? Your choice of PayPal, Direct Deposit and more

BuyBackWorld buys a long list of other phone brands too, such as Motorola, Nokia and more.

Trustpilot score: 3.7 out of 5

3. OCBuyBack

OCBuyBack is a California-based company that purchases phones, tablets, smart watches and more.

To sell your item, simply select your device to receive an offer. If you accept the offer, you can choose to print a prepaid shipping label or drop-off the item (Brea, California area). Once the company inspects the item, they will pay you within two business days.

As of June of 2020, I got OCBuyBack’s best price for my Apple iPhone 8 (64 GB in good condition) from OCBuyBack of $171

(Image credit: OCBuyBack June 2020)

To recap:

  • Is there a cost to sell the item? No
  • Does the service take a cut of your sale? No
  • Is shipping free? Yes
  • How are you paid? You can choose to receive payment via check or PayPal.

Trustpilot Score: 4.7 out of 5

4. Swopsmart

Swopsmart is a New York-based company that purchases phones (even Blackberries!) and tablets. Select your phone type, network, storage capacity and condition: broken phone, good, flawless or new. Then you’ll receive an offer.

You can choose to print a prepaid shipping label or receive a free shipping kit. Once the company inspects and OKs your phone, you’ll be paid within 24 hours. You can choose to get paid via check or PayPal.

As of June 2020, my Apple iPhone 8 (64GB in good condition) received an offer of $132.

(Image credit: Swopsmart.com, June 2020)

To recap:

  • Is there a cost to list the item? No
  • Does the service take a cut of your sale? No
  • Is shipping free? Yes
  • How are you paid? Check or PayPal

Trustpilot score: 4.6 out of 5

5. Swappa

Swappa lets you sell your old phone – and they won’t charge you fees to do so. You can sell iPhones and Android phones on Swappa – as well as other electronic items.

Selling on Swappa is easy, but you do have to create an account to get a quoted price for your phone. And because your buyer comes from the Swappa community, you may or may not get your quoted price.

Instead, you list your suggested price, and the buyer accepts it or makes a counteroffer.

As of June 2020, Swappa said they’d suggest I list my phone for $230-$285.

(image credit: Swappa June 2020)

To recap:

  • Is there a cost to list? No
  • Does Swappa take a cut of your sale? No. Buyers pay sale fees
  • Is shipping free? No. Sellers pay for shipping costs
  • How are you paid? PayPal

Trustpilot Score: 4.7 out of 5

6. eBay

I couldn’t leave out one of the world’s largest online marketplaces! Don’t forget eBay when looking to make some extra money.

With eBay, you need to list your information and choose to sell for a fixed price instead of an auction.

I selected my phone in used condition. As of June of 2020 eBay said similar listings (Apple iPhone 8 64 GB in good condition) are selling for $131 and up.

With this platform, you also have to take into consideration shipping and seller fees. Shipping will vary depending on the type of package and shipping you choose. Fees also vary.

To recap:

  • Is there a cost to list the item? No
  • Does the service take a cut of your sale? Yes; it varies
  • Is shipping free? No, unless you schedule a local pickup
  • How are you paid? PayPal, merchant credit card or local pickup (checks, money orders or cash)

Trustpilot Score: Not listed on Trustpilot

7. Decluttr

Decluttr buys CDs, DVDs, miscellaneous tech items and even books. It also has a free app for iPhone and Android users.

Search for your item — in this case, your old cell phone — and enter its model, storage capacity, network and condition into the evaluation engine. For condition, the choices are: good, poor or faulty.

After entering your information, you’ll receive an offer. Should you choose to accept it, you’ll get paid the day after Decluttr receives your phone.

Regarding shipping, you can mail the phone in any box you have lying around the house. Then attach the prepaid shipping label to the package. You can get paid via check or direct deposit, and there are no auction or seller fees.

As of June 2020, my Apple iPhone 8 (64GB in good condition) received an offer of $166.

(Image credit: Decluttr.com, June 2020)

To recap:

  • Is there a cost to list the item? No
  • Does the service take a cut of your sale? No
  • Is shipping free? Yes
  • How are you paid? Check or direct deposit

Trustpilot Score: 4.6 out of 5

Summary

There are several great places that will let you sell your old cell phone for money. Don’t just throw it away or stash it in a drawer.

Instead, make some money off it and sell it to one of the cell phone buyback sites mentioned here.

Plus, what’s better than making money at home?

Have you sold your old cell phones using any of these sites? If so, please let us know how it went in the comments section on our Facebook Page.

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