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Can I Sell My Phone At Best Buy UPDATED


Looking for a quick and easy option? Consider selling your old device to a buy-back service. Although it's not entirely without risk -- if the old iPhone isn't in the condition you said it was, for example if it is a broken iPhone, you may not get the full value quoted by the buyer -- it does minimize the time and hassle, especially compared with trying to sell it yourself on, say, eBay or Craigslist.




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There are traditional trade-in options like those offered by Apple and Best Buy (see the next section), and then there are buy-and-sell marketplaces like those listed below. Before you spend a lot of time hopping from one to another to get quotes, head to Flipsy, which compares US trade-in values at multiple buy-back stores. It shows you the payment methods, price-lock duration (that's how long you have before you need to send the phone in) and price based on the condition of the old device. (Because each buyback program and store is little different when it comes to "condition" definitions, Flipsy doesn't drill down beyond phone model, carrier and storage.) SellCell is another price-comparison service for anyone looking to score top dollar for an old iPhone.


Decluttr may have the fastest quote generator of any buy-back site. You type the brand and model of your phone, choose it from the list that appears and presto: Instant quote. (You may have to click a few times to change the carrier and the phone's condition.) It's worth noting that Decluttr's "good" option is the best condition you can select; it might equate to "excellent" elsewhere.


An honorable mention goes to Swappa, which has a sky-high TrustPilot score (4.8) but isn't really a buyback service. Rather, it's a marketplace designed to connect buyers and sellers. Think eBay, but with a focus on devices like your iPad, iPhone or other Apple product. To list your older iPhone (which doesn't guarantee a sale), you must first create a Swappa account and then connect a PayPal account. You also set your asking price, which necessarily includes a sale fee, but not any additional PayPal fees that may apply.


Worth the extra effort? Perhaps: Swappa recommended a sale price of $646 for my iPhone 13, while noting that the same phone had recently sold for $596 -- still higher than most buy-back services and more than enough extra to put towards a couple of new iPhone cases for your next phone. But a marketplace is almost always going to net you a higher profit (see below).


Those rates are reasonably competitive for an Apple trade-in, but you should definitely shop around. Apple's trade-in program doesn't factor in how much storage your phone has, however, so an iPhone 13 Pro with 128GB will net you the same trade-in value as one with 1TB -- which is very different elsewhere.


Best Buy will either fix you up with a gift card for the phone's value to redeem against future purchases or, if you complete the trade-in process while ordering your new phone, you can hand over your old device in store (following a visual inspection to ensure it is as described) and Best Buy will refund the value to your payment method. There will occasionally be additional promotional offers from Best Buy which can add value to the trade-in, too.


If you do decide to use Craigslist or another in-person option to sell an iOS device, make sure you meet your buyer in a well-lit, public place (many police departments offer their parking lots as transaction sites). For the smoothest transaction, make the agreement clear prior to meeting -- your customer should know the price, the condition of the phone and its wireless carrier (especially if the phone isn't unlocked) in advance.


If you don't mind putting in a little work -- listing, shipping and paying a small sales fee -- eBay is arguably a better place to sell a used phone than either Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. That's because it offers purchase protection, which makes people more comfortable buying from strangers.


The downside? Fees. eBay charges a sales fee for products that are sold through its site: 10% of the final selling price. To figure out a ballpark selling price for your device, search for your model and check the "sold" listings.


If there's a downside to selling your iPhone on eBay, it's the potential risk of buyer's remorse. eBay offers protection to both the seller and buyer, but customer service tends to side with the buyer in the event of a dispute. Scammers know how to take advantage of this. You can minimize your risk by documenting everything (including taking photos or screenshots of the phone's IMEI number) and making sure to get signed proof of delivery.


Your old phone is losing market value by the day, so the best time to sell it is always as soon as possible. It's estimated that within 24 hours of a new iPhone's unveiling, your old phone loses up to 30% of its trade-in value so you can try to time it right and sell it in the weeks leading up to an iPhone event if you're smart.


One concern is that if you sell your old smartphone immediately, you'll be phoneless until the new one arrives. Thankfully, many of the aforementioned buy-back and trade-in services give you a grace period (also known as a "price lock") of up 30 days after selling your phone before you have to send it in -- time enough, hopefully, to purchase and receive your new phone and get everything migrated over (including the SIM card -- don't forget that!). Since the iPhone 14 is just a few months old, this is less of an issue currently.


You'll receive the most money for your phone if it's in tip-top shape, but you can still do well if it's in "good" condition: No cracked screen, no big dents or scratches in the casing, no water damage, and everything working well (meaning the phone turns on, holds a charge and so forth).


If your phone is damaged, you can probably still get something for it, even if the device doesn't turn on. It's not worth it to repair a cracked phone screen before you sell, but if your screen is only slightly damaged -- a small hairline crack in the corner, for example -- you may want to sell it on your own instead of trading it in. An individual may be willing to overlook superficial screen damage for a good price.


Selling an iPhone can involve a series of questions and decisions that may leave you may leave you feeling unsure. Your options may vary, depending on your local area, but the first option typically available for selling your iPhone will take you to a retailer like Walmart, Target, or BestBuy. You can also consider using your carrier or social media marketplaces when selling iPhone models based on our information on the process.


You will have to determine the bottom line for what you want when selling your iPhone in your area. Some options allow you to do it quickly and with more ease, but potentially for hundreds of dollars less than market value. Others may take more time, creating more work for you while allowing you to sell for more than other options.


Keep in mind also that Apple iPhone buyers near you may offer compensation in the form of credit rather than hard cash. Getting the best price when you sell your phone in a reasonable or good condition is a lot easier online.


In most cases, a carrier will offer a dollar value similar to a retail buyback store that could drop even further for damage. You should only consider this option if you are considering upgrading to a new phone and can combine your store credit with another promo.


Often the easiest and fastest method, you can sell iPhones in store for store credit. This involves a retailer where a store employee will first quote a value based on the condition of your phone. Some stores may even post values for trade-ins online, but payouts are still credit and not Check, Bank Wire, or PayPal.


Apple also allows free recycling of old phones. You will not receive any credit or cash for recycling, however. Keep in mind that the $500 value assumes your device has no damage and almost remains in factory-new condition. Any scuffs, scratches, or cracks will reduce your store credit value.


Walmart offers a very different program that does not provide store credit but instead applies for bill credits if you purchase a new phone through Walmart with financing. This program thus limits your options even further but could potentially save you more money if you own an iPhone with AT&T.


Given your phone passes through inspection with no signs of damage, you could receive up to $900 in bill credits for an AT&T iPhone 11 Pro. This value gets cut in half if you own a Verizon iPhone 11 Pro.


ATM Kiosks and Pawn & Repair Shops represent another option available locally for you to sell iPhones near you and get cash. Kiosks will automatically determine a cash value based on an algorithm for damage and value (and is normally REAL LOW).


Just keep in mind that you cannot dispute or haggle the price once the machine provides you with a quote for your phone. Trustpilot reviews seem to express less anger and frustration dealing with EcoATM, however, we can only recommend this option if you are in a rush for quick cash.


GameStop buys and offers trade-ins for phones but for notoriously low prices. A quick glance at Trustpilot reviews should inform you of their practices of low-balling customers and blowing any signs of damage out of proportion.


Great as a place for initial research or even for easy cash offers, BankMyCell compares all of the available online offers for iPhones and other Electronic devices in one place. Much in the same way as any other online trade-in programs, BankMyCell will provide you with shipping materials for you to send your phone to the buyer of your choice.


At this point, the buyer will appraise your device for condition, whether or not it is unlocked, and if your phone has the Find My Phone service enabled. You can also check on the average review status of the buyback store in the list.


If you want to get rid and sell your iPhone for cash near you, you may want to use classified ads. Though this option may involve more work and take more time, you can get top dollar cash payments much closer to market values. You will want to take good photos so that your digital listing will stand out for people to reach out and express their interest. 041b061a72


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