Upgrading your smartphone but don’t want to give away your old one for free? We understand that not everyone is rich, which is why we’re here to teach you how to sell your old smartphone without getting ripped off.


There are multiple ways of selling your smartphone over the internet. Some take more time and effort than others and there risks involved depending on where you decide to sell. Common places where people sell their smartphones include Gumtree, eBay, Greener Mobile and Cash Converters.


Preparation:

Figure out the model of your phone or tablet. You can usually find the model of your device by going to the About section in your Settings. This differs depending on device and operating system.


Gumtree

Work required:

  • Create account/login.
  • Write and create listing (free).
  • Negotiate with buyers.
  • Meet up and exchange phone for money with buyer.

Pros:

  • It is a free service if you don’t add the special optional listing features for your listing.

Cons:


Verdict:

High end smartphones are in demand, however, most Gumtree buyers expect to buy it at a huge discount. If you would like top dollar for your used phone, you may have to wait a while.


eBay

Work required:

  • Create account/login.
  • Write up and create listing (Costs $3.50 + ~10% of final valuation price)
  • Post smartphone over the mail (Costs ~$8.40 via Australia Post)

Pros:

  • You usually don’t need to deal with many buyer inquiries if your listing is solid.
  • Can post your phone once it’s been purchased.
  • There’s a lot of traffic on eBay so it can be quite quick to sell your phone.

Cons:

  • eBay has exorbitant fees - roughly 12% after everything if you don’t have a store.
  • There may be issues to do with the sale such as chargebacks, disputes and other things can go wrong if you’re inexperienced with selling on eBay.
  • The phone might get lost in the mail, generally speaking you will be responsible for the costs.

Verdict:

eBay is the riskiest option among the options if you consider the risk of chargebacks, not as described disputes and scammers. It’s fees are also very high, hence its nickname “feebay”. Here’s an article detailing how not to get scammed if you wish to sell via eBay


Greener Mobile

Work required:

  • Create account/login.
  • Select your smartphone and confirm sales order.
  • Post smartphone over the mail using their return satchel. (free)
  • Get paid via cheque, EFT or PayPal on the same day it’s received.

Pros:

  • Easy, simple no fuss service to sell your phone or tablet.
  • Sell your phone in 3 easy steps.
  • Competitive price for your mobile phone or tablet.

Cons:

  • Pricing is set by Greener Mobile.
  • The phone might get lost in the mail, generally speaking you will be responsible for the costs unless you pay for registered post.

Verdict:

Greener Mobile is the easiest method among the three to sell your phone and provides quite a competitive price.


Our Findings:

If you are time strapped; sell via Greener Mobile, if you have time and patience, sell via Gumtree. We recommend steering clear from eBay if you are not already a serious seller/have a store set up on eBay.

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