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‘Sold’ is Your Answer to Avoiding Stranger Danger Craigslist Meet-ups to Sell Your Phone


If you are the type of person who doesn’t care to hang on to devices you are no longer using, then it’s likely that you attempt to sell them. There are many different ways to do that, though. There are sites like Gazelle or the more-interesting route of meeting up with a stranger you met off of Craigslist, while in the back of your mind hoping they don’t attempt to rob you. Don’t kid yourself, it does happen. A service called Sold has been made available for Android device users, which should take out all of the hard work in the process of selling a phone. 

The way Sold works is very simple, and kind of like Gazelle. With Sold, you snap some pictures of your device, then send them in for the device to be appraised by a real person, not a robot or lumped-together evaluation process. Once you are given an offer, you can choose to accept or decline. There is no requirement to sell if you don’t like the offer. If you accept, Sold sends you a box for the device to be shipped in. Once Sold receives the device, money gets sent to you. Sounds pretty straightforward to us.

For reference, the site claims that you can get up to $391 for an HTC One, $447 for the Galaxy S4, $437 for a Galaxy Note 2, and $87 for a Galaxy Nexus. Big money for those Nexus phones. /s

If you happen to try it out, let us know what you think. There is an official Android app on Google Play to help you get started.

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Via: Sold

  • tangela3brow

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  • socalrailroader

    I use Sellcell.com , it compares about 2 dozen buying sites and lists all the prices and deals, so you can get the highest price.

  • dontfukwitme

    Kicked someones ass last week after he tried to steal my s3… never again craigslist!

  • matti861

    another app for lazy people. Just throw it on craigslist and wait for your offer. They probably take a percentage of what you make anyway just for using the dumb app.

  • skaterjosh98

    Ive never sold anything before and I put my HTC One on craigslist and got obvious scam replies. Not sure what else to try, reddit did point me here http://swappa.com/reddit has anyone tried this?

  • cala

    I buy cheap off Craigslist by watching and being the first to respond for a well under market phone. I always meet during the daytime at a Verizon store to verify the ESN is good. Never a problem.

    I sell on Swappa or Ebay.

  • sk3litor

    Man up and just go meet somebody.bring daddy if youre scared. Or be intelligant and meet in a store.where you can then see if it can even be hooked up or not. People are so afraid of human contact these days.

  • Jason Bittner

    Offered $48 for my 2012 nexus 7 8gb tablet in unused condition with box and charger. Don’t know if that’s what they are selling for now or not but it seems a little low to me, but hey… they gotta make money too I guess.

  • Turb0wned

    They offered me $335 for my UNLOCKED T Mobile HTC one.. Better than alot of other places but i’ll continue to use craigslist and ebay.

    • Vetal

      swappa your going to get way more, the cheapest one there sold for 379 in fair condition

  • leftiphone4droid

    Swappa needs to use other payment types..not just Paypal..

    • Jdon285

      I’ve used swappa a few times. Not anymore due to PayPals greedy antics.

      • leftiphone4droid

        Yesterday, I emailed Swappa and asked them when they were gonna start accepting other payment options..but they haven’t responded back yet. Two years ago I sent them a similar email. With Google Wallet, Serve and Amazon Payments now available…I can’t wait to hear their excuse this time..

  • I just got $190 and $160 for two Gnex’s on eBay. Hard to see why I wouldn’t just keep using that.

    • Ryan Gullett

      Sold my S3 for $375 on Ebay a couple weeks ago. It was in perfect condition. Threw in a couple cases. Ebay fees were like 38 bucks? I really doubt anyone of these sites could ever beat that.

      • jnt

        Swappa would’ve charged you $10, but then one could argue you might not have gotten as much for it on Swappa. My problem with Ebay is the fee – it’s roughly (as you saw) 10% off the sale price, so for higher end devices that’s a chunk.

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  • Droidzilla

    I’ve never had an issue with Craigslist. Just don’t be an idiot about who you meet and where you meet and you’ll be fine.

    • jnt

      +1 – you can normally tell ahead of time if you’re dealing with a relatively normal human being or not. As long as you know what to check for on the device, it’s a pretty painless process.

    • Steve Ballmer

      Ditto. It’s pretty easy to tell who is legit and who isn’t. The only pain in the ass thing to do is work the magic with the digits to avoid receiving a text by some Nigerian prince.

      • Droidzilla

        Nigerian price, you say? Tell me more.

      • Detonation

        That’s why I use a Google Voice number instead of my actual cell.

    • Nick Bell

      Exactly. Craigslist has treated me really well in buying and selling phones. I have a Google voice number dedicated just for that stuff and it’s be a good system for me.

    • Ryan

      A public place always works good. A coffee shop is my favorite…that way if they don’t show, at least I get a coffee 🙂
      You can find much cheaper phones than on SOLD by using a search engine like http://www.searchallcraigslist.org

  • Joseph

    Swappa has been great for me, sold four phones so far with no problems.

  • jnt

    How could you not mention swappa?

    Also, I *guarantee* you $447 for the Galaxy S4 and $437 for the N2 will make up, maybe, 1% of the cases at best. If you take out the person to person aspect of it, the price drops – that’s just the way it goes. Swappa is like a national craigslist with some safety built in for cheaper than Ebay…

  • Rob Delaney

    swappa dot com beats them ALL! Got Swappa?

  • Ian Smith

    Swappa, fools.

    edit: too late to the Swappa party

  • SmokeNMirrors

    I don’t really need Sold… What I really need is BuyCheap!

  • CyDetrakD

    I use Swappa as well to buy my phone but to sell I might just have to check out both options when the time comes. Sold seems to offer a higher price than Swappa at the moment for the GN2 atleast. No way I’m selling the phone but for future references it’s nice to know there is a new game in town.

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    • Bob

      Haha, was seriously just going to post the same thing (different chars tho)


      • El_Big_CHRIS

        I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to sell 3 different phones. I even lowered the price on all of them. This website really disappointed me. I sold them on Craigslist the day I posted the ad, for the original asking price I posted on swappa

        • Rojo623

          Happens man. I find Swappa is best for high end newer devices and craigslist is better for lower end devices or older devices (that are saturated on Swappa)

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            While your response makes sense, the last device I tried to sell was my silver htc one. I was asking <$500 for it, new with everything, and not a single response. I posted it on CL and with in 2 hrs I had sold it for $570. You just have to be careful and it works

          • What were the other Ones selling for? I’ve sold a couple devices on Swappa in the last few months without too much trouble (I RARELY use CL though, usually eBay). But I priced them right – and typically tried to undercut the closest competitor as far as condition and accessories went. Then I also paid for the featured ad. Sold in a day or two usually. I’ll forgoe a couple dollars on the price for a quick and easy sale.

    • T4rd

      Does Swappa charge anything to list/sell phones? I was planning on using them to sell my Note 2 toward the Note 3 when it launches. But if Sold will give me $437 for it, I may just do that since that’s considerably higher than the average Note 2 is going for on Swappa (on Verizon anyways, most are mid-$300s).

      • jnt

        $10 off the sale price is their fee. $7 additional if you want to feature it (it’s tweeted, highlighted, and moved to the top of the page).

        And I highly doubt Sold can get you $437 for your N2 – that’s probably 1 in 1000 cases.

        • capecodcarl

          The guy in this video got $350 for a pair of crappy old shoes so I bet the Note 2 could easily fetch $800.


      You’re spoiling D-L’s sponsored article…..

      • ddh819

        if they cared they would block comments on them

      • We’d mark it as sponsored if it was 😉

    • Vetal

      sold and bought on swappa without issue. easy and cheep to sell. I post both swappa and craigslist and sell in one place or the other.

    • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

      I gotta go with Chris on this one. CL is and has always been the option for me…

      “Hey lets meet at this Verizon store here” I won’t sell to anyone that won’t do that.

      Creepy-ness avoided all together.

      Tried Swappa, never got a bite. Swappa is not known by the masses, CL is.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Exactly. Just be smart about it and failure won’t be a problem

    • Rob Mounts

      Sold my S4 for $575 and my GNex for $300 on Swappa….will not use another service.

  • T S

    i use swappa and like it

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