If after seeing the new Galaxy S9 you've decided you need one of the phones in your life, there are plenty of ways you can use your Galaxy S8, or S7, or iPhone as a way to raise some cash to buy one.
By in large, the sooner you sell your old phone the more you're going to get for it. Once the new phone has been out for a while, your older phone will seem a lot older to buyers and end up being worthless.
If you're thinking of selling your phone, here are a few of the best options:
Sell it to a Friend
Your Galaxy S7 might seem like a dinosaur to you, but to a friend that's still rocking the Galaxy S6 or S5 then it could be a tremendous upgrade. If you have a friend that has an outdated or broken device, consider selling your old phone to them.
You can often get a better price if you're selling your phone directly to a friend rather than selling it to a store.
Amazon, Gumtree or eBay
If you don't know someone personally to buy your device then selling it on a website like Amazon, eBay, or Gumtree is your next best bet in terms of the amount of cash you'll get.
A downside of going this route is that you have to deal with strangers, which can sometimes go off flawlessly, but almost always ends in some hassles.
With Amazon, you need to join the Amazon Marketplace as a third-party seller. If you're only planning to sell the occasional second-hand item, we suggest using Gumtree or eBay instead. Both offer fast and cost-effective ways to offload your phone. (Have a look at the existing product listings to get an idea of what you should be charging.)
Facebook Garage Sale
Most towns in Australia have dedicated community pages on Facebook where people buy and sell goods locally. This is a good option if you want to avoid the mail as most buyers are happy to pick their items up in person.
In recent years a number of companies have popped up offering a way to sell or "recycle" your old electronics. In most cases, you're only getting a fraction of the value of your phone back from these places (if anything at all). With that said, selling to them is often faster and more convenient than trying to handle a sale personally with an individual.
We've all got some tech hiding at the back of a cupboard or in a box stashed under the house, in a roof space or under a bed. It usually falls in the "not needed but too good to throw away" catgegory. But what can you do with that technology? Instead of resorting to lobbing into landfill there are lots of options.
Try Your Carrier
Some telcos offer trade-in offers for phones, although in most cases they offer less cash than you'll get elsewhere.
Keep an eye out for trade-in deals at your carrier over the next few weeks. Sometimes they will run amazing promotions right around the time of a phone launch, or there might be a really great deal if you're willing to jump ship and go to another carrier.