If you’ve just bought or upgraded to a new mobile, in the excitement of getting your new phone, you might have chucked your poor old phone in a drawer somewhere and forgotten all about it.
But remember that not everyone needs the latest model and plenty of phone owners many are going to be happy to buy a second hand phone as long it works and is not totally battered. You’re not going to cover the cost of a brand new phone by selling your old phone, but you could make enough to reduce the dent in your pocket just a little.
Popular Pre-Owned mobile phones:
Make sure you always include plenty of pictures of your phone. Front, back, sides, phone off and phone on. This way potential buyers can see the condition of the phone and are more likely to make an enquiry.
Check asking price others sellers are advertising. If you’re looking to get rid of your old phone quickly, you might want to offer yours at a lower price. Or if you know you have looked after your phone well, and there are no scratches or marks, you might be able to ask for more.
Make sure you always keep your phone box, paper instructions and any accessories you get with a new phone, and offer these to the buyer when selling the phone. Make sure you take plenty of pictures of the phone and these extra bits. By including these things you will be offering the buyer something many sellers won’t have, and should sell the phone more quickly.
As soon as a new model is released, the value of the previous model drops overnight. This means you can get your hands on a perfectly good pre-owned phone, and pay less than the phone would have cost brand new.
As long as you are willing to accept you’re phone is not going to have the “latest” technology you can get a great deal on a used smart-phone.
Try to buy from a seller who includes plenty of pictures of the mobile. Sellers who haven’t included any or many pictures might be trying to hide some cosmetic or other damage. If there aren’t enough images of the phone, don’t be afraid to ask the seller to take more.
If you manage to go and see the phone, inspect the outside of the phone for cracks and scratches, and make you you check the camera lens. You can expect some scratches on a phone, but if you find there are a lot of bigger dents in the phone it may be the sign that the phone as been dropped a lot and this may have affected the internal components in the phone.
If the phone you are buying is “locked” to one network, it means that phone will only work with that network, be that O2, Virgin, Vodafone or EE. Sellers will usually list on their advert if the phone is locked, and which network it’s lock to. If the buyer does not include this information, send a message asking for details.
If the phone is not unlocked it’s not the end of the world. Most towns have mobile phone shops where you can unlock your new mobile phone, just make sure you factor the cost of this service into the full cost of the phone.
Have a think about how you use your smartphone. Do you only use it for calls and messages, do you want a phone with a good camera, or do you spend a lot of time browsing the web? You can get the technical specs from manufacturer's website, even for older models, and these should help you to decide if a phone is going to meet your needs.
Many thieves use online sites to sell phones they have stolen, but there are ways you can check the legitimacy of a phone you are about to buy.
You can ask the seller for the IMEI number of the phone, and use IMEI blacklist databases to check the phone's history.