It can be hard to keep up with the latest tech trends. Technology updates are released faster and faster every year and it seems like no sooner have you got your hands on the latest tech than it’s been replaced by the next model. We don’t think anyone should have to have to break the bank to keep up with the latest releases, so we thought we’d come up with some solutions for you.
With that in mind, we asked the lady in the know, Amber Mac for some much needed advice.
Amber is one of Canada’s most trusted consumer technology and digital media experts. As a regular on-air consumer tech expert, a bestselling author, and the founder of a Toronto-based web strategy company named MGImedia, Amber has built a strong reputation with extensive experience in the field.
We needed to know, what is the easiest way to sell a phone? How can we trade-in to trade-up? and not only that, what are the steps we should take? Well, Amber has helped to lay it all out for you.
So let’s start.
Choose the Right Selling Platform
There are many ways to sell a used smartphone, both in-store and online, but it’s important to do your research to know which is the best option for you. When making your decision, consider a few factors:
1. Which platform can give me the most value?
2. Which platform will give me access to most buyers?
3. Which platform is quick and easy to use?
Canadians can make the most money from selling their old phones on eBay, in comparison to any local service provider, and it doesn’t cost anything to put up a listing, so there is no risk in trying! You can create your listing right from your phone, and they’ve created a quick simple experience that walks you step-by-step through creating a listing, giving you price recommendations, shipping options, and more, so even newbie sellers can create a great listing in 60 seconds. Go to eBay.ca/sellmyphone to get started.
Bundle Your Phone with Accessories to Get Top Dollar
If you have chargers or cases for your smartphone, consider including them in the listing as an extra selling feature. It’s an easy value-add to help you get the most money for your phone and help differentiate your listing from the others online.
Include Lots of Photos in Your Listing
It’s important to include lots of photos of your phone, including any areas that have some wear and tear so you are fully transparent and upfront on the condition. Take photos in well-lit areas on a clear, white background, and make sure they are sharp and bright. Good photos help get your listing noticed and sell your item!
List Your Item Globally, but Strategise on Shipping
By listing your item on eBay, you can reach 175 million potential buyers from around the globe, which can help sell your phone fast and for top dollar. However, it’s important to strategise on shipping, because costs can vary from across the country and around the world, and you have the ability to specify your shipping options based on potential buyer location. Be sure to offer free shipping within Canada, as many buyers search specifically for items with free shipping, but consider accounting for that cost in your asking price for these listings so you don’t need to pay out of pocket. For international buyers, you should also add a U.S. or international service to boost your item’s chance of conversion. Calculated shipping will allow you to accurately estimate the cost of shipping to buyers around the world.
Now as we know eBay doesn’t just offer phones, they offer a wide range of electronic gadgets and gizmos, so why not try your luck at selling any other tech you no longer use to make more money to put towards your next level up.
Did you think I was finished? Guess again. We wanted to give you the chance to own a couple of devices that you might not normally buy for yourself, so thanks to our friends at eBay we are giving away a Google Chromecast and the HP Sprocket Printer to one lucky reader.