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Can You Trade In Two Iphone
Subsidize the cost of your next iPhone by selling your existing one. Here are the best places to do it.
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Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, short articles and blogs. He writes the popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the Travelers TV show). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (described in the e-book “I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie”).
This story is part of 12 days of tips to help you make the most of your technology, home and health this holiday season.
If you’ve been tempted to treat yourself to the latest iPhone this Christmas, or if you’re planning to gift it to someone else in your family, you might be wondering what’s the most cost-effective way to do it. Saving as much money as possible is critical if you want to regularly upgrade to the best iPhone, which is why subsidizing your next phone by selling your current phone is a great idea. But how do you get the most money back for your current device?
Well, there are several ways to trade in your old iPhone and make hundreds for your new one, but each option has its own list of pros and cons. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help guide you through the process. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to sell them, so you can find the best iPhone deal for you. Below you’ll find three different ways you can make some money, as well as when to sell and what to expect from the process.
What Happens To Your Old Phone
Decluttr is one option for trading in your old iPhone. In this example from December 2022, it’s offering $428 for the iPhone 13. Screenshot Adam Oram/
Looking for a quick and easy option? Consider selling your old device to a buyback service. While it’s not entirely without risk – if the old iPhone isn’t in the condition you said it was, for example if it’s a broken iPhone, you might not get the full value the buyer quoted – it cuts down on time and hassle, especially compared to trying to sell it yourself on, say, eBay or Craigslist.
There are traditional trade-in options like those offered by Apple and Best Buy (see next section), and then there are buy-sell marketplaces like those listed below. Before you spend a lot of time jumping from one to the next to get deals, visit Flipsy, which compares trade-in values in the US at multiple trade-in stores. It shows payment methods, price lock duration (how much time you have before you need to ship the phone), and price based on the condition of the old device. (Since each trade-in program has slightly different definitions of “condition,” Flipsy doesn’t go beyond the phone model, carrier, and store.) SellCell is another price-comparison service for anyone not looking to get top dollar for an old iPhone.
If you’d rather check out some individual markets yourself, below are a few options worth checking out. Sample quotes are based on iPhone 13 trade-ins for devices in “good” condition in December 2022 and were correct at time of writing.
Iphone Carrier Deals
Decluttr may have the fastest deal generator of any redemption site. You enter the brand and model of your phone, choose it from the list that appears and presto: Current offer. (You may have to click a few times to change carrier and phone states.) It’s worth noting that Decluttr’s “good” option is the best state you can choose; elsewhere it can be synonymous with “excellent”.
BuybackBoss makes it easy to get an offer in seconds and offers competitive trade-in prices. It is also very well reviewed on TrustPilot.
While GadgetGone may not have the name recognition of, say, Gazelle or Swappa, it has a high TrustPilot and offers a solid deal for my iPhone model.
Gazelle is probably the trade-in service that most people know and knowing the name can give you extra comfort when it comes to handing in your old iPhone. It has a lower Trupilot rating than other services, even though many more reviews have been submitted. However, being a well-known brand means you can have low replacement prices.
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Swappa, which has an amazing TrustPilot score (4.8), is praised, but it’s not really a redemption service. Rather, it is 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 is not guaranteed to sell), you must first create a Swappa account and then link a PayPal account. You also set your asking price, which necessarily includes the sales fee, but not any additional PayPal fees that may apply.
Is it worth the extra effort? Maybe: Swappa recommended a retail price of $646 for my iPhone 13, noting that the same phone recently sold for $596 — still more than most trade-in services and more than enough to put a few new iPhone cases on for our next one telephone. But the market will almost always bring you more profit (see below).
Want to cut out the middle man, so to speak? You can start by going back to the source. This can be either the manufacturer or a large retailer, most of which generally offer solid trade-in options for a new device. Consider the two biggest fish in the pond: Apple and Best Buy.
Apple’s iPhone trade-in program offers an easy way to better afford a new iPhone, as the phone trades in net Apple Store credit or cash directly from your next iPhone.
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For example, here are the current estimated trade-in values for selected models, all in “good” condition:
Those rates are pretty competitive for an Apple trade-in, but you should definitely shop around. However, Apple’s trade-in program doesn’t take into account how much storage your phone has, so a 128GB iPhone 13 Pro will have the same trade-in value as a 1TB one – which is very different elsewhere.
Best Buy also offers a store program; at press time, a 128GB iPhone 13 in good condition would set you back $340 with Pro variants offering higher values. (Taking an unfortunate nod from Apple, trading in a higher-capacity model doesn’t increase the value.) Oddly, Best Buy’s trade-in program doesn’t let you choose “unlock” but instead forces you to choose one of the Big Four mounts. I chose AT&T for my offers.
Best Buy will either issue you a gift card for the phone’s value to use on future purchases or, if you complete the trade-in process when ordering a new phone, you can bring your old device to the store (after a visual inspection to make sure it’s as described) and Best Buy will return the value to your payment method. From time to time there will be additional Best Buy promotional offers that may also add value to the exchange.
Things To Do (and Not Do) Before Selling Your Iphone Or Ipad
The key takeaway here: Shop around. There are many services with software options that will buy your old iPhone or take it to a trade, but you might be better off selling it yourself.
Selling your iPhone yourself will usually bring you the most profit, but it’s not without its risks and problems.
Craigslist is probably the riskiest option, but buyers will pay cold hard cash for iOS and Android devices. The biggest challenge here is not finding customers – it’s getting them to show up. Be prepared for fluff.
If you decide to use Craigslist or another in-person option to sell your iOS device, be sure to meet your buyer in a well-lit public area (many police departments offer their parking lots as transactions on websites). For the easiest transaction, clarify the deal before the meeting – your buyer should know in advance the price, the condition of the phone and its wireless carrier (especially if the phone is unlocked).
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I feel this is a big step up from Craigslist, because not only are your ads free, but Facebook removes much of the anonymity from your Apple gadget transaction. You can check the profile of each interested buyer. You can also control where your listing is seen and by whom. I’ve sold many items like this, and while I’ve had my share of last-minute no-shows, most transactions have gone well.
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 Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. This is because it offers purchase protection, which makes people more comfortable buying from strangers.