Selling your old mobile phone to a buyback company is a great way to make extra cash — but to ensure you get the best price, you need to check every single one of them. This worksheet makes that process easy.
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Buyback sites all work on the same principle: you enter details on the buyback company’s site to generate a quote, send in your device (along with accessories and packaging if you have them) using a freepost envelope, and they pay you for it once the phone is received (usually via a direct deposit or cheque). The phones themselves are then either resold by the buyback company or cannibalised for parts.
As we’ve pointed out before, using a buyback site won’t usually get you the best deal. For recent model iPhones in particular, selling them on eBay or Gumtree can produce a better outcome, especially if you still have all the original packaging and accessories. The same is also often true of more recent Android and Windows Phone models.
For older phones, or if you just don’t have the time or energy to sell the phone yourself, using a buyback site makes sense. However, it pays to check the pricing for your model at every site, since prices vary hugely. I’ve seen variations of $100 or more for the same phone on local sites. It’s definitely worth spending a few minutes checking, and this worksheet makes it easy to do it.
You can take your pick between an Excel worksheet or a Google Sheets worksheet (both will work online as long as you have a Microsoft or Google account, or you can save it locally to your machine). Whichever you prefer, the approach is the same:
- Click on the relevant link above to open the worksheet
- Save a copy of the worksheet to your own SkyDrive/Google Drive account or to your local machine.
- Enter the model of your phone for reference.
- On the worksheet, click on the link for the first buyback site. Research the price for your phone and enter it in the ‘Quote’ column for that site. Be accurate about its condition — you don’t get the money until after the phone has been received.
- Repeat for each site on the list, then choose the one with the best offer.
If you prefer working on paper, here’s a PDF version you can download and print.
Finally, remember that if you can’t find anyone who’ll give you money for your ancient phone, you can still make sure that it’s reycled through MobileMuster.