9 Best Places to Sell Your Old iPhone Before the iPhone 13 Goes on Sale

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Are you looking to offload your iPhone for some extra cash to buy Apple’s new iPhone 13? You are not alone.

While some people keep their older iPhone as a backup, most iPhone owners sell or trade their previous model for credit towards their new purchase.

There are a variety of different places to sell your iPhone. Whether you want to sell your phone locally or ship it overseas, there is a place for you to turn your iPhone into cold hard cash.

Continue reading to browse the 9 Best Places to Sell Your iPhone Before the iPhone 13 Goes on Sale.


eBay has been the go-to place for selling used devices for decades. You’ll reach a wide range of customers both domestically and internationally. The fees on eBay may be high, but you often can get more money because you have a larger customer base. Just check into your buyer’s reputation before shipping off the phone and fully document your phone’s condition because eBay is full of scammers.


Craigslist is focused on selling locally. Unlike eBay, which restricts you to selling only through the listing, Craigslist doesn’t care how or when you sell your device. You’ll meet in person and get cash in hand right away without any extra fees or shipping costs. However, because your audience is limited to your local area, you may not get as much money for your iPhone as you would on eBay.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook marketplace is a great place to sell an iPhone, especially if you are an active Facebook user. You can reach local customers or ship your iPhone to a buyer across the country. Best of all, you can list your item both on the Marketplace for everyone to see and on smaller, targeted Facebook groups. If the wider Marketplace doesn’t drum up a lead, you may find a buyer on an Apple enthusiast group or local swap/sell page.


Reseller Gazelle will is a no-hassle way to get cash for your iPhone. All you need to do is request a quote to lock in a price and send your iPhone to them by a specific date. Once they confirm the iPhone’s condition, you’ll get your cash. You don’t have to deal with scammers, non-paying customers, or people who don’t show up for an in-person sale. Gazelle’s prices are lower than what you could get on eBay, but the convenience may be worth a small cut in price.

iDrop News Trade-In Service

Gazelle may be one of the larger no-hassle trade-in services, but it is not the only one. There are a handful of trade-in options including Decluttr and even one here at iDrop News. The iDrop News trade-in program is powered by MyPhones Unlimited and takes in old iPhones as well as iPads, Apple Watch models, and other electronics. You can send in your device using a no-cost shipping box and receive a check back in the mail within a week.


eBay used to be the only place you could sell online, but times have changed. Startups like Swappa are growing in popularity as people become increasingly frustrated with eBay’s high fees and restrictions on selling. Just like eBay, Swappa lets you list your iPhone and sell it directly to a buyer. Swappa makes it easy to list and easy to sell a device. The service charges minimal fees so you can walk away with as much money as possible.


One of the easiest ways to recycle your old iPhone is by using ecoATM. As its name implies, ecoATM is a kiosk that you can find in local stores like Walmart, Kroger grocery stores, and more. You can sell your phone and go shopping at the same time.

Prices on ecoATM are competitive, but its big selling point is convenience. The self-service booth allows you to turn in your iPhone and get paid immediately. You can get a quote online and lock in the price to know how much you will receive in advance. Don’t try to scam the service, though. It requires a state-issued ID to confirm your identity and checks your phone to make sure it is functional.

Recycle It

Have an old iPhone that doesn’t work anymore? Many trade-in places will take phones with broken screens, but almost all require that the phone still powers on and functioning. Even on eBay or Craigslist, you won’t get much money for a device that is not fully functional. If you cannot sell your phone, you still can recycle it through Apple. You won’t get any money for recycling your device but you will be helping cut down on the amount of electronic waste that ends up in our landfills.

Retail and Carrier Trade-Ins

Retailers like Apple and Best Buy and wireless carriers have buyback programs that let you trade your iPhone for credit towards a new device. Typically, you purchase the new phone and then have a week or two to send in your old one for credit. Prices for older hardware are competitive with other services, but sometimes there are incentives that’ll increase how much you get back. If you don’t need a phone right away, watch for sales and pounce when the trade-in value is at its highest level.

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