Top 3 Reasons to Sell Your Used Phone Online (and How to Make a Great Ad)

If you're like most people, you probably have a drawer somewhere in your house filled with used cell phones.

People are constantly upgrading their phones to make sure they have the latest and coolest models. However, that also means that your previous phones–which probably still work perfectly well–either get thrown into a drawer and forgotten about or get tossed in the trash.

Instead of just cluttering your storage space, wouldn’t it make more sense to sell your used phone online? Below we will look at a few reasons why selling your phone makes sense and how to go about making an ad that will help you land a quick sale.

Why sell your phone?

There are three main reasons for selling your phone online. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is to get cash for your phone. Even phones that are no longer flagship phones can still fetch hundreds of dollars online. Plus, you likely spent a fair amount of money to buy that phone in the first place, so it only makes sense that you would try to recuperate some of those costs.

Another reason is that selling is environmentally friendly. Phones have toxic elements that can be dangerous for the environment, especially if they end up in a landfill. Selling your phone online allows you to recycle your old tech, thus making sure you do your part to keep the planet clean.

Lastly, if instead of throwing out your phones you simply stash them away somewhere, then you are creating unnecessary clutter. You know you are never going to use those old cell phones again, so selling them online will help you declutter and free up some storage space for items that you actually use.

Creating a great online ad

When selling a phone online, the most important thing to remember is that the more information you have, the better. Photographs are a great way to show prospective buyers its condition and if there is any external damage. Though pictures help a lot, you also need to be clear on what the phone can actually do.

Remember that even if you’re a tech aficionado and know the differences between all the different smartphone models, your potential buyers may not. Describe for them some features of the phone that they might find useful, such as cool camera capabilities or the fact that it has a larger-than-average screen.

Also be very specific about the technical details of the phone. You will need to provide the model name, screen resolution, phone dimensions, camera resolution, storage capacity, and manufacturer part number. You will also need to list the carrier name and be clear on whether the phone has been unlocked. Remember, the more information you put into your ad, the more buyers are likely to trust you and to consider buying from you. Being honest about the condition of the phone also helps build trust.

Finally, it is extremely important that you make sure the data on your phone is wiped clean. If you forget to clear  your phone clean of data then you could expose your saved passwords and personal/financial details to strangers, which could put you at risk for identity fraud. Different phones have different ways of wiping data from them, so research how to do it with your phone before advertising it for sale.

Selling online is a great way to get cash for your phone while also saving the environment and decluttering your home. Just remember that if you want to get the best price for your phone, you will need to put in the extra effort to ensure your online ad stands out and attracts buyers.

So now you know how to show off your phone’s best angles and all the important details to include in your ad. All that’s left is a quick post on

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