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.


Ebay Valet Selling Service

Ebay has a selling service for members, where you can use a valet to sell your used mobile devices. The service is supposed to make it easier for you to sell your used cell phones and tablets. Valets research listings for items like yours on eBay and are considered professional Ebay sellers. They look at items that have sold within the last 90 days. Based on this research, valets determine how to best list your items, including how to price them. Items are given multiple chances to sell on eBay for up to 2 weeks. When items are relisted, Valets reduce the price to increase the chances of selling. This sounds very similar to the “Sell It on Ebay” brick and mortar stores you see around town or in the movie The 40 Year Old Virgin. However, this is the Ebay branded version. [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.

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How To Build A Website For Your Used Cell Phone Business

In a previous article, wrote a guide on how to make a living buying and selling used cell phones. Yes, it is possible to earn a full-time salary from flipping phones. If you’re less ambitious, you can still earn some side income from flipping used cell phones.

You can find great deals to buy and sell phones on Ebay, Craigslist, and Swappa. These three sources will create the best arbitrage opportunities for your business. However, at some point you may want to open up to new markets and increase your sales.

Many businesses already do this. For example, look at some of the top online buyback websites such as Gazelle, Technollo, and BuybackWorld. These businesses are setup to offer consumers cash for their used cell phones. The consumer mails in their phone, and the business sends them a check after they inspect it.

Building a website allows you to expand your brand and gain trust as well as online recognition. Even if you are still conducting most of your business on eBay and Craigslist, by labeling your ads with your brand name and a website, consumers are more likely to trust you. Lets face it, a stranger on Craigslist will be more comfortable selling you their cell phone and meeting up with you if you have a website explaining who you are and your services. This guide is meant for [Read more…]

How I Sold My Girlfriend’s Water Damaged iPhone 4 On eBay

My girlfriend recently found an older iPhone 4 in her night table from a few years ago. A while back she had dropped it in the toilet (I don’t understand why girls frequently drop their phones in the toilet?). She was up for an upgrade so she didn’t have to use her insurance to get a replacement. Her phone was water damaged; however it was still functioning. After she had dried it out, the phone would turn on but the screen’s colors were washed out.

Fast forward to a week ago. The phone was still sitting in our bedroom because she never realized that she could sell a broken cell phone. I decided that the phone has been collecting enough dust and it was time to earn a little bit of extra cash. The iPhone 4 is now very outdated. It is a white Apple iPhone 4 16 GB for AT&T. She still has the original Apple box and charger, however the Apple earphones are long gone.

I am writing this article as a guide for anyone that has an older cell phone or tablet and wants to sell it for extra cash. If you’ve been following my blog, you already know you can sell your used cell phones, but you may not have known that you can also sell your used devices that are broken.

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Sell Your Cell Phone For Extra Cash To Buy Christmas Gifts

Christmas is a stressful and hectic time, and shopping for gifts can be very expensive. It can be difficult to save money while you are doing it. If you are stressed about finding the money to get your shopping done, you may want to follow these tips to make Christmas shopping easier for you this year. With careful planning, you will be able to stick to your budget and get your shopping done with relative ease. If you need extra money, you can sell your used cell phone if you have an old one lying around.

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Top 5 FAQs For Selling Used Cell Phones

1. Where Can I get the most money for my used cell phone?

You can get the most cash from selling your used cell phone from Craigslist. The runner-up is eBay; however, eBay has selling fees as well as PayPal transaction fees. There aren’t any fees associated with selling your phone on Craigslist. You should be able to sell your phone for the same amount on Craigslist as you would on eBay. The downside of Craigslist is that you will have to filter through all the spam responses you receive and low-ball offers to find legitimate buyers. Additionally, you will have to meet the buyer in person to make the exchange. I recommend you meet the buyer at a public place such as a shopping mall. The best place to meet is at a wireless store, such as as the Verizon Store so the buyer can activate the phone on their account at the same time of the exchange.

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How To Buy Mobile Phones And Other Devices From Gazelle is most known as a website where you can trade-in your used cell phone or any other electronic device for cash. If you’ve read my Gazelle reviews, you already know that the company makes the trade-in process simple by sending you a prepaid shipping box for your mobile phone and will quickly send you back cash via check or PayPal after they approve the device.

What you probably didn’t know about Gazelle is that they also sell used phones. Think about it, they buy back all these mobile phones from consumers. They must be reselling these phones otherwise they would be out of business. So where are all of these phones available for sale? They certainly are not listed for sale on Gazelle’s website.

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Top 5 Websites To Trade In Your Used iPad

Earlier in October, Apple deputed their new iPad lineup as they introduced the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display. The second generation iPad Mini features a 7.9 inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048×1536, a 64-bit A7 processor, M7 motion co-processor, and an upgraded 5-megapixel rear iSight camera. Apple also updated their flagship iPad with the iPad Air which includes many of the same features as the iPad Mini except it has a larger screen size and is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth-generation iPad.

Sell Your Old iPad and Upgrade

The Ipad Air is set to be available for purchase in stores on November 1st, and the iPad Mini later in November. Like the iPhone, as the launch date for a new iPad gets closer, the value of older iPads will begin to depreciate rather quickly. If you are planning to upgrade to a new iPad and want to get the most value from your old device, sell it sooner than later. Those trading in their iPad Mini 16GB Wifi may be able to upgrade to the new iPad mini for about [Read more…]

Best Buy Is Offering $100 Trade-In From October 13th Until October 19th

As a promotional offer, Best Buy announced that they will be accepting smart phone trade-ins when upgrading to a new iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s. From October 13th until October 19th, Best Buy will give you a minimum $100 credit for trading in your old smartphone, good towards the purchase of an iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s. Customers bringing in smartphones in their original packaging or with their original accessories may also see their trade-in values increase. If your smartphone is worth more than the $99 downpayment required for the 16GB iPhone 5c, the retailer will offer a gift card making up the difference, too. The catch appears to be that the gift card you’re awarded for your trade-in must be used to sign up for a two-year contract on either an iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s.

To be eligible for the trade-in program, you must [Read more…]