Sell Your Old Devices

Do you have an old smartphone or tablet that you don’t use anymore, taking up space in your junk drawer? If you do, you are not alone. A recent study estimates that Americans are sitting on $33 billion worth of old smartphones that they don’t use but have not bothered to get rid of. Your old phone might be worth anywhere from $30-100 if you are willing to do a little bit of legwork to sell or trade it in. Here are four great options if you want to break away from the crowd, and sell your unwanted phones and gadgets.

Amazon Trade-In

Amazon’s Trade-in Store is a great option for getting a return on your old phones and gadgets. The site provides an estimated value for virtually any electronic device, provides free shipping, and then provides Amazon gift cards as in-kind payment for the device. Old Amazon pros can use their Amazon apps (on their new devices, presumably) to research how much their old gadgets are worth, too, making this an easy means to get something of value for a device that is just taking up space.


Another great option to sell your old electronic devices is on Glyde. Glyde is a great Internet marketplace that specializes in electronics. You simply enter the type of device that you are interested in selling; it is promptly listed for sale on the site. Once your device sells, the company sends a prepaid shipping package, you mail the device, and you receive money in your account. Listing items for sale on Glyde is free, and the company charges a flat 15 percent service fee upon a successful sale. Interestingly enough, Glyde allows you to be paid in bitcoin as well, so it is a great choice for all of you cryptocurrency aficionados out there.


If you have an iPhone or some other type of smartphone that you want to unload, uSell is a great choice. Like Glyde, USell is also an Internet marketplace. However, you are able to sell old smartphone instantly on the site, there is no waiting for a buyer to come along; simply list the type of phone you want to sell and you get a price quote; if you agree to sell your phone at the quoted price, uSell will send you shipping materials and pay to ship out your phone; you get paid upon receipt of the item. There are no charges or fees involved in the sale, the quoted price is what you get for your old phone, making uSell about as simple as it gets to turn that useless old iPhone into some cash.


NextWorth is another great site to get some cash for your old phones and gadgets. The site buys old devices from consumers, and then repurposes them. Simply search the site to get a quote for you device, send you materials to ship your device to them for free, and then pay you upon receipt of the item in question. NextWorth has also partnered with several retailers, such as Meijer, Fred Meyer, and Nebraska furniture Mart, that allow you to drop off your phone (as a trade in for gift cards or store credit only). NextWorth gives you the option of receiving a check for payment, or using PayPal, too.

Regardless of how you decide to unload your old electronic devices, make sure you take appropriate steps to delete all of your personal data first. Many of the companies listed above will do this for you upon receipt of your old device, but it is always a good idea to ensure your device’s memory has been wiped prior to shipping it. Also, if for some reason you decide that you don’t want to sell your old device, remember, you can always donate it instead. Charities like Cellphones for Soldiers and 911 Cellphone Bank are always on the lookout for old devices to help the less fortunate.


William Lipovsky owns the personal finance website First Quarter Finance. His most embarrassing moment was telling a Microsoft executive, "I'll just Google it."

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