If you’re the sort of person who likes to stay up-to-date with the latest mobile phones then you probably change up every year.
Whether it’s the latest iPhone or a new Android device that takes your fancy, there are a number of things you can do to make this more affordable.
From the moment you buy your new phone to the moment you decide to sell, there are a number of things you can do to maximise your selling price. By following these tips and tricks, you can easily earn a few extra £’s.
You’ve just received your shiny new mobile phone and you’re about to throw away the packaging. Not so fast! Keep the box, keep the instructions and tuck it away for later.
Selling a mobile phone in its original packaging is much more attractive than a handset on its own. At the end of the day, you want to take the ‘second-hand’ feel out of the experience.
It’s not just the packaging and paper contents that are worth holding on to. If your phone comes with a charger (whether it’s a wall charger or USB), keep it and include it in your sale.
Show off the fact that you’ve kept the original items and buyers will take confidence from seeing that what you’re selling is in good nick.
Aside from keeping your mobile phone’s original packaging and charger, why not include a case and screen protector?
Not only will such accessories reduce the risk of your mobile phone incurring damage, they also add value to your phone. Purchasing and using such accessories can be the difference between ‘good’ and ‘excellent’ condition.
Needless to say, customers will likely pay more for an item that has been well looked after.
Create the perfect eBay listing
When your mobile phone’s time is up one of your very best bets for selling is an auction site. What better place than eBay? Take a look at the following steps and see what you can do to not only sell your handset, but sell it for a great price.
Sell on a reputable eBay account
You may be tempted to sign up to eBay with a new account. Feel free to do so but know that some people avoid buying from users with new accounts. This is because of perceived risks.
Let’s be fair, wouldn’t prefer a seller who has lots of great feedback? If you have an old eBay account with some positive feedback, use that.
Alternatively, set up a new account but sell a few smaller, less-risk items and generate some positive karma!
Alternatively, you can always ask a friend or family member to list your mobile phone for you.
Most of the tips here are about maximising the number of people you attract to your listing. More visitors mean more watchers which mean (hopefully!) more bidders.
Filling out the ‘item specifics’ section is one way to attract more visitors to your auction listing.
Mention key information such as the brand, model, operating system, screen size and lock status of your mobile phone. Potential buyers search for information such as this.
One of the most important things you can do when selling your mobile phone on eBay is add high quality photos.
You can add up to 12 photos per listing which gives plenty of opportunity to showcase your handset! Take photos of the handset, original packaging and any additional accessories such as chargers, phone cases and screen covers.
Try to use a plain and uncluttered background and ensure good natural lighting.
Provide a description
As with step 2, it’s important to be specific. Whereas the ‘item specifics’ focuses on quick and easy key information, the description expands upon that.
You’ll still want to keep it short and sweet but just include all of the important information. Let potential buyers know the age of the handset, condition, unlock status and if it includes and accessories.
Create a clear and compelling title
Along with your photos, your title helps you make a great first impression (if you do it right!). eBay visitors often search for items by typing in certain keywords. You therefore want to include information such as your handset brand and model, colour, storage capacity and maybe even the unlock status.
Depending on if you have space; you could also mention accessories included and the mobile phone’s overall condition.
End your listing at the right time
You’d think that taking high-quality photos and writing good titles would be enough. But if you really want to maximise the money you make, you should think carefully about when to end your listing.
The end time of your auction might not sound important but it really is! If your auction is finishing in the middle of the working days or in the early hours of the morning, less people are going to see it.
You can ensure maximum visibility by targeting your auction end time at evenings and weekends when eBay traffic is higher.
Choose auction or fixed price
There are two main selling formats that you should consider. If time is on your side and you really have a particular sale price in mind for your mobile phone, go for a fixed price listing.
However, if you want to quickly make a sale, set it up for auction! Give your handset a low starting price to attract some early bids. Don’t worry – these small, opening bids will soon increase.
Don’t skimp on postage
It’s tempting to offer cheap postage by means of encouraging potential buyers. However serious buyers will want to know that an item such as a mobile phone is being sent securely.
So if you need to charge a little extra to send it, don’t worry. Make sure you wrap and seal it well, and make sure you’re not breaking any rules by sending prohibited items It’s a good idea to send it recorded delivery so that you know (and have proof) that it has been received.
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.