If you are like me – getting a cell phone every time a new one comes out – you probably have a big box full of old phones in your basement.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sell your old phones for cash?…
Well, the good news is that you can. The trend is growing and new sites dedicated to buying and selling used phones are popping up often.
One of those sites is uSell. It is one of the few such sites that has actually been airing TV ads.
So, I thought I would write a review about uSell and whether or not it is the best place to sell old cell phones for cash.
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What will I learn?
What is uSell?
uSell specializes in old gadgets resale. Its primary focus is to help you resell your used cellphone. It could be any type of cellphone in various functional conditions.
You can also get cash for old laptops, game consoles, tablets, and even gift cards and textbooks (although you’d be better off selling old used books on these sites), but they are mostly known for buying old cell phones.
How Does uSell Work?
The following 4 steps spell out all it takes for you to sell your old devices on uSell.
1. Enter Your Phone Information
First, go to uSell.com. Right there on the homepage, you will see 2 buttons, Sell iPhone & Sell Any Phone.
If you are trying to sell an iPhone, click the first one, and if you are selling any other kind of phone, click the second button.
From there, you will be answering a few questions, like the carrier, model, make, condition, and basically anything that helps to identify the phone and the condition it is in.
2. Pick an offer
Once you have answered all the questions (I think there are about 5-6 questions in total), uSell will present you with an offer that is the “best match” from their system.
If you find a cash offer you like, click on the “Get Paid” button. You can then start filling out your name and address. Then you will just wait for a pre-paid shipping kit to come in via the mail.
During this “Pick your Buyer” process, you have to specify also your preferred payment option. Invariably PayPal is my default as this represents the quickest way of getting paid.
3. Ship it
Upon receiving the pre-paid shipping kit, you just slip in your device and send it out. By the way, the free pre-paid shipping kit includes a tracking number as well, if that is ever needed.
Accompanying the shipping package (which takes about a week to get to you after you confirm the buyer) is also the instructions for shipping and bubble wrap for your device.
4. Get paid fast
You have two options for getting paid, Check or PayPal. The rule of thumb is that buyer is compelled to make payment within 5 business days from the day he or she receives your phone.
One great feature of uSell is that it updates the transaction status every step of the way via email, so you can be on top of the loop.
In situations where your old device is not fortunate enough to secure an offer, like when it is really worn down, or it is in pretty bad shape in terms of condition and/or functionality, the site will present you with an option to put your item into recycling, of course, done in an environmentally friendly way.
Is uSell.com Legitimate?
Of course it is! Sure, I had my suspicions when I was first introduced to uSell as well, but after a couple of trials, and getting cash for old phones that were gathering dust in my basement, I know this is the real deal.
I find the process to be largely simple and straightforward, with no hassle, to the extent of it being a no-brainer.
The feature I like most is that it is able to consolidate all offers for your items from various buyers. The alternative is to scan the internet to check and compare prices, which obviously going to cost you precious time.
They also have a rating system for their buyers, so you can check how individual buyers rank in their day-to-day transactions with other sellers. That may in one way or another help you to make a decision on which buyer to sell to.
Personally, I have never come across a lousy buyer here, but I have read some comments on seemingly nasty buyers on uSell. So due diligence is called for, especially when you are thinking of selling more costly items.
How Much Can You Sell Your Phone for?
It depends on the make, model, carrier, and of course the condition of your phone.
The lowest amount I have gotten was $22.05 for a “Damaged” Apple iPhone 4 16GB with AT&T as the carrier. And the most cash I have gotten was $218.83 for a “Good” Apple iPhone 5s 32GB.
I would imagine, you could expect anywhere from $10 up to $600-$700, depending on your phone.
The good thing is that you can actually get a quote without committing to selling it. So, if you just want to get an idea, just go to uSell.com, put in the information and see the offered prices to get an idea of just how much you can get for your cell phone.