eBay launches new program to sell your old smartphone instantly


eBay is still one of the best resources we have to sell things, both new and old, for a fraction of the market price. Even with competitors like OfferUp and Letgo being successful, they’re on smaller scales. eBay is the OG for discounts and funky stuff that you can’t really find anywhere else.

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Yesterday, eBay made a post in its blog that the old dog was learning new tricks by launching a new program: Instant Selling for smartphones.

The program could bring in a huge amount of traffic to a website that’s still holding its own after 23 years of business. Instant Selling allows you to sell old smartphones and get paid for them almost immediately. The seller doesn’t have to set a price to create a listing, eBay does all of that for you. In a few minutes, you’ll enter the model of your phone and if it is eligible, you can trade it in for what eBay says is an offer that could be nearly 40% higher than most phone retailers.

The proof is in the pudding, and eBay has the facts to back it up:

“A recent study commissioned by eBay found that while a majority of Americans (61%) have never sold or traded a smartphone that they no longer use, 2 in 5 (40%) have two or more unused smartphones currently in their home. That could equal potentially hundreds of dollars left on the table which could be applied toward a new device upgrade or anything else on your wish list by shopping on eBay.”

Simple! To sell your phone, head over to eBay’s special website.  Enter a few identifying factors like the model and condition and if it’s eligible to be sold, just upload a picture, and it’s listed instantly. The only thing left for you to do is print out a shipping label, and eBay creates that for you as well. Probably the easiest thing you’ll do all day.

For those thinking that this is just too good to be true, payment does come in the form of an eBay voucher – not cash. With that said, in this age where instant gratification is the name of the game, eBay’s come up with something really useful and we’re looking forward to see how it takes off.

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