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…]

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…]

Five Reasons To Sell Your Mobile Device to Gazelle

Yes, I know, I sound like a hypocrite because I sell most of my phones on Ebay and Craigslist. However, I do believe that Gazelle is the best option for some people. First, lets look at what Gazelle is. As an electronics buyback company, you can go on Gazelle’s website, select the type of phone you want to sell and they will make you an instant offer. If you agree to the offer, they will send you a paid postage box to ship your phone to them in. Then they send you the cash via PayPal or check. You can do this for both cell phones, tablets, and many other electronic devices. What they don’t tell you is that they will then resell your mobile device for a profit. Mostly they resell devices through sites like eBay or, or through wholesalers.

The way I see it, Gazelle is [Read more…]

Find Your Smartphone’s Fair Market Price With Swappa

It can be a bit difficult figuring out how much money your used mobile device is worth. There are many variables that affect the value, such as technology advances, the law of supply and demand, as well as the device’s perceived condition. That is why it doesn’t hurt to use a few tools to determine the top dollar that you can sell your cell phone or tablet for.

The challenge is to to sell your phone or tablet for as much money as you can, while the buyer is trying to get the best deal they can. In previous articles, I have reviewed tools provided by Movaluate and Ebay to determine your device’s market value. Now, there is a third tool that is useful and you can find it on [Read more…]

Avoid Ebay Scams

After many years of using Ebay, I’ve experienced or witnessed friends fall victim to the occasional chargeback, fake bidder, and fraud attempts. If you are buying and selling mobile devices on Ebay, you are at risk of being scammed. Cell phones and tablets are valuable and as a result there are people out there that will try to rip you off. As a buyer, remember… If it is seems too good to be true, it probably is. Use your best judgement and always [Read more…]

Selling Your Phone Online? Compare The Fees From Ebay, Amazon, Swappa, and Glyde

If you are going to sell your cell phone or tablet online, you can get the most money from auction and fixed-price marketplaces. Websites such as Ebay, Amazon, Swappa, and Glyde can connect you with interested buyers for your mobile device. However, all of these websites charge a fee to use their services, which should be considered when choosing which website to sell your device with. I’ll compare the fees for the top mobile marketplaces; please keep in mind this is a comparison for [Read more…]

Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Cell Phone in the Best Condition

If you just bought a brand new cell phone from your wireless carrier, make sure you keep your phone in the best condition to get the highest price when you sell it after your next upgrade.

A used cell phone that is in like-new mint condition will sell for the most money. I you’re selling your phone on eBay or Craigslist, you’ll be competing with a lot of other sellers. Make sure your phone looks and feels just like it did when your first bought it. The following is a list of the top 10 ways to [Read more…]