Where to Sell Your Used iPhone or iPod

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You can sell your iPod touch, iPhone, or older iPod device for real cash at several places. They'll give you money for your used or broken device, which you can then use for anything, often on the same website or elsewhere.

Selling an iPhone or other device isn't just a method for making some extra cash on the side; it's also a great idea if you plan to upgrade to something newer. For example, instead of purchasing a brand-new phone and keeping your old one, you can basically trade in your iPhone for cash that you can then use to purchase a new phone. The same is true for iPod touch and other devices.

You could always try websites like eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook to sell your electronics, but then you're forced to wait for a buyer. The websites below are the best places to sell your iPod or iPhone for real money because the company purchases the device from you and you get paid directly from the, usually rather quickly.

While there are lots of trade-in sites for electronics, they don't all work the same. One might give you more money than any other or offer more value in store credit than cash, and a few might not even accept your specific iPhone or iPod. Be sure to read each company's terms before accepting the trade.

Amazon.com

Amazon Trade-In buys all kinds of used electronics at competitive prices. You can sell iPhones, iPads, and many other gadgets in exchange for an Amazon Gift Card.

Visit the website, find the item you want to sell to Amazon, and choose Trade in this item. Answer a few questions about the device — like whether it powers on, if it has screen cracks, if you're still paying it off, etc. — and you'll instantly get a trade-in value.

Before you finish this trade-in, you're asked what you want Amazon to do if they find the iPhone or iPod to be of lesser value than how you described it. They can send the device back to you (for free) or you can automatically accept the lower price.

Keep in mind that if your trade-in works out and you get money for your iPod or iPhone, you'll have to use the credit on Amazon.com. If you don't use Amazon often, you might shop around before trading in your device to make sure there's something you like that you can use your credit to purchase.

Amazon will cover the shipping, so all you have to do is print a prepaid shipping label and put it on a box with your device inside.

Apple

Apple's iPhone trade-in program is called Apple Trade In, and it works for not only smartphones but also tablets, computers, and watches. Other Apple devices like iPods are only available for recycle (you won't get paid).

Find your device from the list of acceptable trade-ins and answer some questions about it. If you're selling an iPhone back to Apple, for example, you'll be asked which model you have and if it's in good condition. You'll immediately be told its trade-in value and have the option to put the money toward a new phone or trade it in for an Apple Store Gift Card.

Then, fill out your personal information for a free shipping label that Apple will email to you. Print it off, attach it to the box with your device inside, and send it off to get money for your Apple device.

Apple Trade In works in Apple stores, too, so if you visit a store to purchase a new device, you can ask about trading in your old one while you're there. However, to make sure you're getting the best price for your device, you might spend a few minutes getting quotes from other trade-in sites first.

Best Buy

Another retail giant with a trade-in program for iPods and iPhones is Best Buy. Visit the Best Buy Trade-In page to browse or search for the device you want to trade in for cash.

Provide the condition of the device and answer any related questions — like whether you've disabled security features, how large the internal storage is, and if your device supports Wi-Fi — and you'll get an instant quote right there on the page.

To accept the offer, choose Add To Your Basket and then decide whether you want to trade in at the store or mail it in. The estimate you see for the store trade-in is valid for one week; just take it in to Best Buy and give them your number and email address for them to pull up the trade-in value you were quoted for online.

In-store Best Buy trade-ins provide a Best Buy gift card, and online ones email an E-Gift Card.

Gamestop

Leading video game retailer GameStop has a trade-in program for not only video games but also Apple devices like iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. You'll get your quote with just one question, but you unfortunately can't trade in your device online.

Visit the GameStop Trade In page and select Electronics to search for your device. Pick from three conditions — Working, Damaged, and Dead — and you'll see the trade-in value adjust appropriately.

Make a user account at GameStop to save your trade-in value, and then print it off and take it to a GameStop store to have an employee assess the value there and offer you cash for your device.

Gazelle

Visit SiteOne of the leading sites of its kind, Gazelle buys all kinds of used electronics — from cell phones to iPods — based on their condition, the packaging and accessories they include, and more. Prices paid for iPods and iPhones are among the highest. Gazelle also offers a 30-day price lock option: Agree to sell your iPhone now and you have 30 days to complete the transaction. This allows you to lock in the higher price for a phone before the new models are announced and reduce the value of previous generations.

Glyde

Glyde lets you both sell your old devices, and buy other people's used (and discounted) devices, at their site. It's a bit different than other sites, though, because Glyde doesn't buy devices. Rather, it's a marketplace where you list your device for sale and wait for someone else to buy it. The process is 1-2-3: get a quote on the site; when another user buys it, ship it for free using Glyde's shipping kit; get paid by direct deposit, check, Bitcoin, or Glyde credit. 

NextWorth

The other major site in the market, NextWorth makes it easy to sell a used device. Like Gazelle, it offers a price-lock option so you can lock in a higher price before new models come out. Shipping is free and payment options include gift cards, PayPal, and check.

PowerMax

Apple reseller PowerMax buys used iPads, iPhones, and iPods (as well as used Macs). Unlike other sites, though, you must call them and share the details of the device you want to sell in order to get a quote, rather than getting a quote live on the website. Payment options include check and store credit.

Roostr

If you've got a working or broken iPhone, iPad, or an Apple laptop, Roostr could be an option for you. At the site, you let them know what kind of device you have from a drop-down (or, in the case of laptops, by serial number), answer a few questions about the details and condition of your device, and then get a quote. If you accept it, you'll get a pre-paid FedEx label to apply to a box that you supply to send your device.

Simply Mac

Another Apple reseller who will take your iPhone, iPod, or iPad and convert it to store credit. This listing used to be under the name The Mac Store, but that seems to have been absorbed into Simply Mac. Simply Mac has made some improvements, such as provided an estimated resale value on its website; The Mac Store used to require you to send your device to them they gave you an estimated purchase price. Since you're only getting store credit, though, make sure you want to buy a new device from them.

Small Dog Electronics

This long-time Apple reseller buys iPods and iPads only—no iPhones. If you've got one of those devices to sell, you can either ship it or take it to a Small Dog store. If you ship it, you'll do so with an estimated price, but will get a final price once Small Dog has received your device and inspected it.

uSell

uSell offers an interesting twist to the online iPhone trade-in business. Instead of offering to buy your used device directly, its search engine combs the offerings from a wide variety of used iPhone and iPod buyers to provide you the best offer from that network of sites. The network doesn't seem to include major sites like Gazelle and NextWorth, though, so the offers can sometimes be lower than you'd receive elsewhere. Still, searching a network of sites from one place may be useful for you.

Walmart

Walmart's electronics buy-back program is similar to Apple's. If you're selling an iPhone, you'll receive a Walmart gift card that you can then apply to the purchase price of a new iPhone. The program also buys back many other kinds of electronics. Trade-ins can be done in-store or online.

YouRenew

YouRenew offers the same basic service that many other companies on this list do: search for your device, describe its content, and get an estimated value. If you accept it, print out a pre-paid shipping label, send it in, and get paid. Devices that don't have cash value can be sent to YouRenew for recycling. One neat difference is its sibling business CorporateRenew, which allows businesses to resell or recycle their devices in bulk.

Recycling iPods

For those who want to protect the environment more than their wallets, Apple offers an iPod and mobile phone (not limited to iPhone; any phone can be traded in) recycling program. This is especially good if your iPod is too old to trade or broken. 

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