Sell old cell phones...have you heard?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
February 28, 2011 12:10pm CST
I have recently heard about places where they will buy old cell phones. Granted for next to nothing, I am sure, but still...better a little than nothing at all for something you don't need anyway. But have any of you ever done this? Any comments or links for a good place that does it? Or is it more trouble than it is worth? I am all for recycling and all but most of the time they make it so hard, complicated and expensive to recycle...that most just don't bother. I have 2 old phones just sitting in the box they came in and out of date they can't even be used anymore...I don't think. But I know I won't be using them. Any info out there, MyLotters?
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@FaniKaka (44)
• Pakistan
28 Feb 11
Yes this is very common in my country we have many shops and a special market for used cell phones where people can sell and buy cell phones. Its a good option for the middle class who can easily switch to new cell phones by just adding 10 to 20% more amount which they get after selling they set and can buy the new one Those who dont have money to buy a new one they can get the second hand set in cheep prices.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Feb 11
Guess I never really thought about other buying the old ones cause they can't afford the new ones. I am not a cell phone person. Only reason I have one is cause my daughter put me on her plan and gave me a phone cause I keep her daughter all the time and she wanted me to have it for emergency reasons. But I think cell phones are the biggest clunker of all time. No one needs to be that accessible! Maybe a doctor with patients, but other than that...no one needs to be that accessible or have that much "to do" in the palm of their hands 24/7 while the world just passes them by and they miss out of life cause they are always doing something there in their hands!
@AKRao24 (21173)
• India
2 Mar 11
But then dear Coffeebreak, with the changing times the mobile phones have occupied an important place in one's life. Today many people can't do without a mobile phone as this this has become life line for them as apart from communication there are many functions today these mobiles phones are having with them to make life a lot more easier! Thanks !
• United States
28 Feb 11
You should try to sell them on Ebay. There is a big market for used cell phones on there as long as you list them at a reasonable price. Considering you have no use for them and they aren't even working that well, it doesn't hurt to try. There will always be someone out there that needs something that you have and will be willing to pay for it at the right price.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I thought about that, but I was a previous Ebay seller and had to stop cause they just made the "little guy" fees so high, if the item sold was less that $50, it was hardly worth the time and effort to sell it as most of it went in posting/final value fees. So unless I can find a place to sell for free...I'll probably not go that route, but thanks for the comment!
@AKRao24 (21173)
• India
2 Mar 11
Hi Dear Asianjabba! I had very bad experience on e bay as a purchaser! I have been duped two times! There after I am twice bitten and twice shy about that site! I won't recommend any body for any thing the e bay any more! Thanks!
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
28 Feb 11
Oh, you are from the US. May be you can check the internet if there are companies in your area that do that. Here in the Philippines, buying old cp is not a surprise thing anymore. This has been a a common practice for cellphone dealers and retailers. You can either sell your phone based on their appraised value or you can trade it in for a new one (have your phone appraised so you can either trade it in for a cheaper but new phone or you can just offset the amount of your old cp, add cash to the remaining balance and Viola! a new upgraded phone!) Recycling is better.
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@AKRao24 (21173)
• India
28 Feb 11
Hi Dear Coffeebraek! In India it is more or less a common phenomenon the old phones are bought by store keepers and then they are fixed if needed and they are sold as used phones at quite an attractive prices! Those people who can't afford to pay for new phones use these phones! And most of them they are happy about it! This I know for sure because many of our labours on our farm used to get these phones from market for their use! But now China phones have hit the market and they are quite cheap these phones have taken up the old phones market! Regarding the recycling aspect of these phones I have never given a thought. There must be many companies which are melting the PCB of computer to get traces of silver and gold from them, one of such companies could recycle these phones also! I really don't have any idea about that! I too have few old phones lying with me, which are still in working condition and though I always think of either sell off these phones or to give them to some one , I always forget I have kept them in their original packing and they in turn are kept inside the shelf, which makes these phones to stay away fro our vision and memory! Thanks !
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Feb 11
Yeah, probably alot they can do with them that we dont' know about! And with so many new ones coming out and replacing "older" ones so constantly...It is probably a good little niche market to be in!
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
3 Mar 11
Hi coffeebreak, Yes this is very common in my country. We have a lot of cellphone stores, and even stalls and repair shops that sell second-hand cellphones. Most of them have signs in their stores that say: "We buy old cellphones..." or something like that, and anyone can just walk in and sell his/her old cellphone. The store will then assess the quality and give the price. They will then repair it to make it look at least decent enough, if not brand new. Then they will sell it at a cheaper price. It's pretty common too in my country that people buy second-hand cellphones because it's a lot cheaper. I haven't tried buying one though coz I'm afraid that it might cost me a lot because I cannot really assured of its quality. I myself was able to sell our old cellphones to our neighbors. My husband and I had our cellphone for more than 3 years already and when we decided to buy a new one, we also decided to sell our cellphones. But we didn't sell it at the cellphone shops, we only sold it to our neighbors, hehehe! We sold it at a very very cheap price. It was still very functionable, the only problem I guess is that it already looks very old and it was indeed very old and in terms of the new cellphones nowadays, outdated. But it's still pretty good in terms of its main functions like texting and calling. We were even quite surprised that it got sold out so fast. And a lot of our neighbors were very interested. Perhaps you can try selling your old cellphones to your neighbors. Or maybe you can find a repair shop nearby that buys old cellphones? Or you can have it "beautified" by cellphone repair shops and sell it on eBay.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Mar 11
Appreciate the suggestion, however I never do business with friends or relatives. Something happens to it, you know who is going to get blamed! Glad that is works out okay for you tho!
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
4 Mar 11
I see. So far I haven't had any problems doing business with my friends and family, in fact, they're my number customers, hehehe! Hope you'll find some buyers for your old cellphones
@kareng (7980)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I think a lot of these compaies make money by recycling the batteries and perhaps other parts? I guess it is better to get a little bit for the old ones over nothing and you are helping to save the environment by not contributing radioactive waves to the landfill. I know our graduate students here recyle a lot of different things. They get a little for their efforts which go toward parties or field trips where they don't have to put money up out of their own pocekets. Good luck to you!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I figure something like that. I won't "give" to the school anymore. My grand daughters school that is. I was involved in some fund raisers and "recycle" money earning things with the school, Box Tops for Educationm and while they push the kids to do this and that "for the school" I found out probably 3/4 of the money "earned" went to teachers. Things like coffee for their lounge, new coffee pot, speciality coffeemakers instead of just a scoop of Foldgers. Hot plates and water coolers solely for the teachers lounge. New floor mats for the office area and then there was a few jump ropes and bounce balls and a wrestling mat that the "school" got. So I stopped my work there and won't contribute anymore. Oh yeah, can't forget the new parking lines painted in the staff parking lot.
@AKRao24 (21173)
• India
2 Mar 11
That sounds quite funny dear Coffebreak! In the name of school teachers are upgrading their facilities by raising charities! I can't even digest the news! Thanks !
@yopyyop (188)
• Romania
1 Mar 11
Here in Romania we have a lot of this kind of offers. Most of them are from the big telephone companies who offer a so called "buy back" program. You go with your old mobile phone and they will evaluate it, most of the time the give you nothing for it, and the will make you a discount from the price of a new mobile phone that you must but from them. And there are other kind of companies that just buy your phone without making you to buy another one.
• United States
1 Mar 11
Those buy-back programs are great, because you get paid for disposing something that you don't need and it goes towards the purchase of a new phone. I personally suggest trying to sell it a friend or coworker, because you can also dispose of it at a higher price and you help your friend out too. Selling it to a friend is always more lucrative then buying back or trading because those companies always try to screw with you and pay you like like 5-10% of what you paid. And I suggested before that Ebay might be your best best. There will always be people on Ebay who wants your phone guaranteed. There might be an annoyance with signing up, but in the end it's worth it.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
21 Mar 11
Hi coffeebreak, here we have some cellphone shops that will buy old cellphones. One thing is they won't accept phone that is really old which doesn't have any market value. Of course one will get very little money for selling this. As what I know foreign labors with low income usually would buy such type of cellphone for the convenience to come into contact with their homeland family or their workmates here. We will be paid a bit more if we buy new cellphone and trade in the old phone in the same outlet. Anyway not all models of old cellphones are acceptable. There are certain terms and conditions. Since the the price of selling old cellphone is not that attractive I prefer to keep them as antiques Might be one day they would be quite valuable Happy posting
@AmbiePam (50096)
• United States
1 Mar 11
I see a lot of people donating their old cell phones to places (mostly stores like Best Buy, Radioshack...) that collect them and then give them to military personnel or women shelters. The women's shelters so women in domestic troubles can use them to call 911 if they are ever in need. That is one number a person can call and not get charged anything in programs like that. They would be able to use it for anything but calling 911. And then the military personnel are sent phones so they can call their families. Some programs will donate minutes to the soldiers if other people donate old cell phones. I think it is a good deal to get something for an old cell phone. I don't have a cell phone anyway, but I think any way you go, is a good one. Get money for it or donate it and recycle...good stuff!
1 Mar 11
Hi,in our country there are stalls inside the malls where second hand phones are sold and resold. This could come as second hand phones or they may be purchased for there parts. This is a practice that has made it possible for our less fortunate country man to have a cell phone unit at a very low price.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
1 Mar 11
I have a whole drawer full of those, so this is a timely discussion. Will read to see what ideas the other mylotters have, as I am clueless.
• United States
28 Feb 11
I radioshack does a trade but not really for cash. There are many cellphone companies that will give you a discount for turning the old as they then are donated to the battered women shelters. You could probably sell them on ebay as you would be surprised what people buy on their. In fact I tried to test an Ebay account last week and put these old never used ink toners that I no longer had the printer for, I put them there 99 cents bid and the listing was free. Each one sold for $14 bucks, I sold three and also $4.50 for shipping and handling. This was something I was going to pitch along time ago. So maybe worth a try.