If you’ve ever traded in a vehicle when buying a new one you’ve probably noticed its value was less than expected. Phones are quite similar as they lose their value quickly due to the frequency of newer models flooding the market on a regular basis. A car depreciates as soon as it’s driven off the lot and a phone does the same thing as soon as a newer model arrives.
If you’re interested in selling your phone for the most money possible there are a few tips you can follow. It’s impossible to control the depreciation rate but you can always try to keep your phone in tip-top shape. Of course, phones that are in excellent working condition and have healthy batteries are much moire valuable than those that don’t work or are damaged.
Protect Your Phone From Wear and Scratches
One of the best ways to protect your mobile phone is to keep it in a cover or case. This will protect the device and its screen from damage in case you should happen to drop it or spill something on it etc. A cracked, scratched, shattered and/or dented phone will certainly be worth less when it comes time to trade it in. It’s a good idea to enclose the phone in a protective case and screen protector as soon as you purchase it and keep it there.
When it comes to screen protectors, you’re better off with a glass model rather than a plastic one. You should easily be able to find cases and screen protectors at your local phone store or service provider as well as online. They may cost a bit of money but you’ll get the investment back in the long run when you trade-in or sell your phone. It’s also a good idea to have a spare screen protector in case one breaks.
Keep Your Original Box and Charger
You may also want to keep the original charger and box your phone came in as it makes the device more appealing when you’re ready to sell it. Of course, you’ll receive a better offer for a clean phone so make sure you take good care of it and the protective covers by keeping them as clean as can be. If your phone should happen to be damaged or cracked it might be worth the effort and money to repair it before putting it up for sale.
But if it isn’t possible or it will eat away too much of your profit, your phone is still worth something because it can be stripped for parts or refurbished. Many phones and their parts are recycled and used to repair other devices. When you do trade-in or sell your phone be sure to return it to the original factory settings and clear it of your personal data such as photos, videos, files and contact information etc. This will help protect your identity and sensitive information as well as removing the SIM card..
Selling an old or used phone is an excellent way of recouping some of the costs of a new or upgraded model or just to put some money in your pocket. Your timing could also make a big difference. For instance, if one of the major phone manufacturers is about to release a new model your old phone will go down in value after it’s released. It’s better to sell your device before the new release hits the streets.
When you do decide to trade-in or sell your current phone you should look for a buyer who will pay for the shipping as this will enable you to make a higher profit. There are many buy-back and trade-in websites online, such as Cell4Pets, which will offer to buy your phone as well as donate money to support animals in need. You can also sell your phone directly to the phone providers themselves such as AT&T and T-Mobile, though they usually pay less than you can get selling it yourself to a private company.
A little bit of leg work will result in making a profit on an old mobile phone. It’s recommended that you take the time to do a bit of research and shop around for the best offer possible.
Our mission here at cell4pets.com is to find responsible and loving homes for the millions of abandoned and abused dogs and cats. We achieve this by reselling your device and taking a portion of every sale and donating it to help animals in need. When you sell your phone to cell4pets.com you’re also helping our most loyal companions. Sell your used deice to us today, you can start here.