Need cash? You may be considering trading in old cell phones, iPods and other gadgets for cash. Of course, the older and more battered your gadget is, the less you’ll get for it. But seeing as how our cell phones were not super old, and other sites I’d considered were still offering amounts into the teens for my Razr and Trinity’s Samsung slider phone.
I did a lot of research, I’ll have you know. A couple of months ago, I scouted out the best prices I could get for all our items. I had them saved on our widget stickies, all ready to go. However, when I started to try to follow through on these sites, I ran into problems.
I think I scouted out these amounts about two or three months before I actually moved on trading my gadgets in. For my iPod, I scouted out $23.80 from Nextworth.com and $26 from cashforappleipods.com. For my Razr, I was quoted $15 from iBuyPhones.com, $15.72 from flipswap.com and $14 from gazelle.com. For Trin’s Samsung phone, I was quoted $22.87 in credit from flipswap.com, $20 from iBuyPhones.com and $21 from gazelle.com.
When it came time to actually try these services out, the amounts quoted for our stuff went down. So I kept looking. I ran into this review, comparing cell phone trade-in services and thought, hey! CashMyPhone sounds like a good deal. They quoted me some great prices for our phones, but when I tried to actually get the process started — the submissions never went through and I kept getting errors. Then I found this review. Yikes. CashMyPhone, no thank you.
Then, I ran into this review. Seeing as how it was just from December, I thought, dude! That sounds like a plan! I checked it out — good quotes? Check. Payment by Paypal? Check. Even accepts old digital cameras? Sold!
So I tried it out. I was quoted $10 for my camera, $16 for my Razr, $13 for my iPod and $19 for Trinity’s Samsung, for a total of $58. They sent me UPS shipping labels, but I had to shell out my own cash for the packaging, $8. What was actually paid out? $33.
After receiving our gadgets, they revised their quotes. They said our phones were too scratched up and my camera was worthless because it has digital zoom, not optical zoom. (My mistake.) But if I wanted my camera back, I’d have to shell out $17.95 for shipping. Grrrrreat.
The experience is disappointing, to say the least, considering I had a great experience with LaptopTraderEXpress.com. Yes, my item got downgraded, but legitimately — I mistakenly quoted my laptop as a G4, when it was actually a G3. They sent me the packaging. They didn’t come back to me, saying, ohhh, its scratched up, ohhh, there are pieces broken from the case. And as soon as I confirmed the amount was fine, they sent me my payment via Paypal.
So…would I have done it again? Consider this a HELL to the NO. In addition, if AT&T had the now-rumored cell phone trade-in program around before we bought our phones, I’m sure that’s the road we would have gone.