Is Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program Worth It?

Alongside the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple introduced their new iPhone upgrade program. The program allows you to finance your new iPhone directly with Apple with 24 monthly payments and 0% interest. It’s important to remember, this is NOT a lease, and you will [Read more…]

Buying A Used Phone From Ebay Versus Gazelle

In 2014, Gazelle opened a store where you can buy certified pre-owned cell phones and tablets. You can now buy gently used devices directly from Gazelle without any contracts from a wireless provider. Gazelle performs a 30-point quality inspection on every device and provides a 30-day return policy. Many consumers must be wondering, should I buy a used mobile device from Gazelle or Ebay?


Buying From Ebay

The great thing about Ebay is that you can ask the original owner questions and can see real pictures of the actual device you are buying. Additionally, you can find devices that come with all of their original boxing and cables. There is the possibility of fraud on Ebay if you’re not careful; however, you can use PayPal to buy a device from Ebay. PayPal offers a Purchase Protection Policy. You should also keep in mind that some sellers on Ebay won’t have a return policy. If this is the case, make sure you plan on keeping the phone. Keep a look out for free shipping deals on Ebay which are common, versus Gazelle which will charge you to ship a phone from their store.

Buying From Gazelle

Gazelle is a company that relies on customer service; therefore you don’t have to worry about fraud. Their inspection will make you feel better about the reliability of the phone you are buying, and if something goes wrong, they have a return policy. One limitation to Gazelle’s store is that they currently only offer used iPhones, iPads, and Galaxy devices. If you’re looking to buy a used phone or tablet outside of this selection, you’ll have to look elsewhere. While searching throughout Gazelle’s devices for sale, you can filter by wireless carrier. Then when you select the device, you can see if Gazelle considers the phone’s condition as “good” or “like new”. Gazelle’s definition of Certified Good is “The screen is very good. There may be scuffs and scratches on the side or back. It’s nothing that a cover can’t hide.” The Certified Like New requirements are “You’d never know it was pre-owned. Looks like it came right out of the original box.” They should add the option to filter their view of all devices by “like new” or “good” so you don’t have to click on each individual device to see the condition. Gazelle ships all of their devices with a USB cable and charger.

Which Is The Best Deal

You can find slightly better prices on Ebay because there are more sellers on the marketplace versus Gazelle. However, if you’re going to shop on Ebay you’ll have to investigate the seller and listing to make sure you won’t get ripped off. Gazelle provides a less risky sale if you’re not comfortable using Ebay. Gazelle Certified offers a good value to buyers with big savings over buying on a contract, a known seller and a return policy that lets users test the device, see the condition and buy with confidence.

On April 11th, 2015, the average price of an iPhone 5S 16Gb (Verizon) is $299 on Ebay versus $309 from Gazelle.


How To Protect Yourself As A Seller On Ebay

There are a lot of jerks who spend their time scamming inexperienced sellers who have valuable items listed on Ebay. Unfortunately, cell phones are high value and high volume items on Ebay, which makes them an easy target. However, if you follow these tips you can increase your chances of avoiding fraud. [Read more…]

5 Tips For Flipping Used Cell Phones

If you’re new to flipping cell phones, you probably need some motivation to get started. Here are some tips I learned over the years. [Read more…]

Kensington EVAP Water Rescue Kit – A cost effective way to save your wet phone

With technology advances, some electronics are now being built with water resistant parts. If you don’t have an electronic device with this technology, then you’ll need to be ready in the event your phone or tablet becomes wet. Pools, oceans, stormy weather, and toilets are all enemies of your mobile devices.

If your phone gets wet, follow the instructions here. However, you should also keep the Kensington EVAP Water Rescue Kit around for an emergency recovery. Nobody plans on their phone getting wet. But when it does, you better [Read more…]

How I Made Over $1,000 In A Week Buying And Selling Used Cell Phones

I can say I’ve sold my fair share of used cell phones. I have a day job, and flip phones on the side when I have the time. Yes, you can probably make some decent money if you dedicate the time and effort doing this full-time. However, having the security of a paycheck from a day job is nice.

I receive many emails every week from readers with all sorts of questions from asking about a specific listing on Ebay or to some of the techniques I use to get a good price on Craigslist. I also have received messages from a few people that struggle to find the time to flip phones on the side and have asked for advice.

The truth is, you can [Read more…]

4 Reasons To Unlock Your Phone

Most people don’t realize that their phone is locked to their wireless carrier. This means that the phone technically has the capabilities to work with other wireless carriers, but until it is unlocked, it is limited to [Read more…]

How To Buy A Phone On Craigslist For Less Than Market Value

If you’re buying a new or used cell phone for your personal needs or are interested in flipping phones for a profit, you still have the same goal. Find a phone that is in excellent condition and get a great deal on it. To accomplish that goal, it helps to [Read more…]

How to sell your used Cell Phone on Craigslist – Case Study

In my previous guides, you probably read about how I prefer to sell phones on Craigslist to Ebay. It’s about time I wrote a walk-through of my exact Craigslist selling process from start to finish. In early November, Verizon Wireless notified me that I was eligible to [Read more…]

How To Check If An iPhone or iPad Is Stolen Before You Buy?

Due to the high demand and rising costs of mobile devices, we live in a world where stealing smartphones has become a lucrative business for thieves. However, we are getting closer to the point where stealing someone else’s phone will be useless for a thief. For quite some time now, we have had the ability to lock, track on a map/GPS, and even wipe the data from a stolen smartphone. Fortunately, this has helped to deter someone from stealing a phone.

Apple has recently released [Read more…]