How to get the best price for your phone?

There are an estimated 70 million old mobile phones languishing in drawers and cupboards across the country. If you want to make a bit of extra cash, selling your old mobile is a good idea, but where do you start? With so many options to sell your mobile, it can be difficult to know where you will get the best price. This guide will help you to maximise the value in your old mobile phone.

Timing Is Everything

It might seem obvious but it's important to bear in mind that you will get more money for a newer phone than one that is three or four years old. The best time to sell your phone for the maximum return is just before a new model is released. The downside of this is that if you are selling your functioning smartphone in order to buy the newest model for yourself, you may be looking at a couple of weeks with no phone at all. If your heart is set on owning the latest Android device or Apple's most recent offering, selling your old phone a couple of months before the release date can bring you quite a lot of extra cash. Keep your eye on tech websites and blogs in order to keep track of when the latest models are going to be released.

Where to Sell

There are lots of different places that will offer you cash for your old mobile phone. Your phone will be worth more if it's in good condition, so it is always worth using phone cases to protect your device from the day you buy it. Accessories such as chargers and headphones will also increase the resell value of your phone and if you still have the box it will add even more pounds when the time comes to sell.

Mobile Phone Recycling Companies

There are lots of web-based companies that will offer you cash for your old mobile to include Sellmyphone and O2 Recycle. Be aware that these kinds of sites may give you considerably less for your mobile once you have posted it to them than the original quote they offered online. The main reason for this is "condition" and it is almost always worth arguing that your phone case has protected your device and the condition is not as poor as they are claiming. They will often restore their offer to the original quote if you are prepared to make a stand.

Amazon

Amazon is one of the simplest ways to sell your phone. You just find your phone's make and model on their website and complete your listing – you won't even have to take a picture. The downside of Amazon is that competition on prices is fierce and you may get less than your device is worth. Also bear in mind that a percentage of the final sale price will be taken in fees.

eBay

The popular online auction site is another good way to sell your phone, but again it has its drawbacks. The fees are notoriously high and you may have to deal with unscrupulous buyers. Also, while you may get more than you hoped for at auction, there's a good chance that your phone may sell for considerably less than it is worth.

Sell Locally

There are lots of local pawn shops that will buy your mobile, but bear in mind that they will sell it on at a profit so again you will get considerably less than it is worth. Selling to friends or through local listings might be the best way to get the maximum value for your old mobile phone.

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