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.

Many people like the convenience of buyback websites, such as, which will buy back your phone from you. These websites are more convenient, but they will not offer you as much money as you can sell your phone for on Craigslist or eBay.

2. How much is my phone worth?

There are many ways to check how much your phone is worth. The best way is to search for your phone on Movaluate. Movalute is a simple tool that will show you the current fair market value of your phone. Movaluate combines data from millions of completed transactions with statistical analysis and expert review, in order to refine this massive of amount of information into actionable results for used cell phones.

The cool thing about Movaluate is that it will show you all kinds of cool statistics about the value of your cell phone. It will show you a range from a high to low price points, price certainty, as well as a historical chart that displays the selling trends of your exact used cell phone model. You can adjust the condition to show details pertaining closest to your phone.

Another great way to check your phone’s value is to check the price that auctions are ending at. For example, go to and search for your exact cell phone model including wireless carrier, make, and model details. (Verizon Samsung Galaxy 4). On eBay’s left-side navigation panel, specify the exact phone model, the carrier, storage capacity, and condition to narrow your results. Then at the top of the page, choose Auction only. Click the drop-down box and choose sort by “Time: Ending Soonest”. Now you will be able to see auctions for your exact phone that are ending within a few seconds or minutes. Use the first few results to get an idea of exactly how much buyers are willing to bid on the phone. This should provide you a good idea of how much you can get for it.


3. How Can I avoid being scammed?

This depends entirely on which website you are using to sell your phone.

If you are selling your phone on Craigslist, make sure you exchange a few emails before meeting the buyer. Ask for the buyer’s phone number to discuss the details. Someone who is going to scam you won’t provide their phone number to you, and if you ask for it, you probably won’t hear from them again. Also, check the email address for their name. Sometimes people use their full name in their email address. It also may be in their email signature. If it shows up in either of those locations, search their name on Google and Facebook.

Make sure to meet the buyer in a public location. This is to protect both you and the buyer. A scammer most likely won’t show up where there are other people around.

Never agree to ship an item on Craigslist or to accept anything except cash. Many scammers will offer to send a bank check or some other form of payment, and will ask you to either ship the phone or say they have someone coming to pick it up. This is a scam, completely avoid this situation.

If you are selling your phone on eBay, make sure you post detailed pictures and a thorough description of the cell phone you are selling. Include details about every single scratch that is on the phone. You don’t want to create a situation where someone can say the phone isn’t in the condition that you described it as and wants their money back. Also take a picture of the ESN/IMEI/MEID tht is on the phone. This is the serial number on the phone. This is so you can prove which phone you sold. This prevents a scammer from trying to buy your phone, and then returning a different phone to you.

When you are shipping your phone to en eBay buyer, don’t ship it until you receive payment. Make sure you only accept payment with PayPal from someone with a confirmed shipping address. Only ship the phone to the PayPal confirmed address, even if the buyer asks you to do otherwise. If you don’t send it to the confirmed address, you won’t be protected by PayPal’s seller protection policy.

At the post office, spend the extra money on insurance, signature upon delivery, and tracking. This will save you a ton of headaches if your phone were to get lost in the mail or the buyer were to claim that they never received it.

4. What do I have to do to my phone before I sell it?

Before you sell your phone, make sure you do the following:

  • Transfer all your data from your old phone to your new phone, or back it up with an app.
  • Clear all your personal data off of your phone and reset it to the default factory settings. Also clear any external memory cards that you are selling with the phone.
  • Remove Your SIM Card.
  • Gather all the accessories that your phone came with (charger, box, instruction manual).
  • Clean your phone (buttons, smudges, air canister to the charging port).

5. Can I sell my phone if it is broken?

Yes, you can certainly sell your broken phone. You won’t get nearly as much cash for it as a working phone but you can obtain some money for it. Just like a working used cell phone, try to determine the value of your broken phone using the steps listed earlier in this article.

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You can sell your broken phone on Craigslist and eBay. Just make sure to describe what is wrong with it. There are plenty of people out there looking for broken phones to use for the parts, or looking to fix broken phones to resell as working phones.

You can also get cash from some of the buyback websites for broken phones. Sites such a will pay you for your broken cell phone.

For more information, check out the complete guide to selling used cell phones.

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