Today is an exciting day in tech! Today is the launch of both the iPhone on T-Mobile and the new Facebook phone. While you may want to get a new phone, affording it is another matter.
If you’re craving a new phone but you’re not due for an upgrade for a while, check out Swappa, a site that makes it simple to buy and sell gently used mobile devices.
What Is Swappa?
Swappa is a website that’s been around since 2011 designed to help you buy and sell mobile devices. The site started off dealing exclusively with Android devices but now includes all sorts of mobile devices including iPads, iPhones and Kindle Fires.
How Swappa Works
Swappa is a resale website like eBay or Craig’s List. But unlike eBay or Craig’s List, Swappa only lists mobile devices and requires that the devices sold on its site be in good working order – no cracked screens or devices sold for parts. If you’re looking for a broken phone, this is not the site for you.
Swappa also requires that the mobile phones have a clean identification number (also called ESN/IMEI /MEID) to help prevent people trading in stolen phones. You can check a phone’s identification number right on Swappa’s website.
Swappa reviews and approves every listing that appears on their site. This isn’t a guarantee that the listing is legit, but that the listing meets Swappa guidelines.
Sellers list their mobile devices for free. They receive payment when the buyer has paid for the device. Buyers pay a $10 fee when they purchase a device which is included in the price of a device. For example, if a seller lists a phone for $210, the buyer will see a listed price of $220.
To start using Swappa, head to the Swappa website. You can browse through the listed devices on the home page or search for a specific device. Mobile phones are listed by carrier (such as Verizon, AT&T, etc.) or as unlocked. You can search the site for devices for your carrier, or by top sellers, country, 4G, keyboard, unlocked, Apple or by the specific name of your device.
You’ill see a list of devices, arranged by price. Also included in the listing is the reviewers’ rating of the seller, the condition of the phone, whether the device has been modified, how many times the listing has been viewed, and photos. Any discussions between the seller and potential buyers is also displayed on the listing. The seller also lists whether accessories such as charge cords, cables or cases are included with the device.
PayPal is the only payment method accepted on Swappa. PayPal serves not only as a payment method but also provides protection. to both sellers and buyers if the transaction isn’t satisfactory to one or both parties.
Who Can Use Swappa
People in any location can purchase devices from Swappa, but sellers may state in their listing that they don’t ship internationally. Make sure to check the listing before you buy. If you want international shipping, check with the seller ahead of time to make sure that shipping is available to your country.
Sellers must be from the US, UK or European Union (yes, I know the UK is in the European Union, that’s Swappa’s designation, not mine).
Both buyers and sellers must have a PayPal account.
Whether you’re interested in buying or selling a mobile device, check out Swappa. They won’t have either the Facebook phone or the T-Mobile iPhone yet, but check back in a month or two and those phones may start appearing on Swappa. Also check out phones you can use with Facebook Home, such as the Samsung Galaxy 3 and Note 2 that are listed on Swappa.
Are you thinking of getting a new mobile device? Are you interested in selling a gently used device? Have you ever used Swappa? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Also check out:
- Mashable, T-Mobile Trade-in Offer Lets You Upgrade to iPhone 5 From 4, 4S
- Wonder of Tech, How to Get the Best Deal for Your Used Tech!