You've got your eye on a new iPhone, but there's just one problem: you're still in a potentially contracted relationship with your old device and need to figure out how to efficiently break up before placing your order.
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Journalists, and bloggers who pose as journalists, get a lot of pitches over email. I get about 20 a day, so I'm pretty heavy on the archive button. But if you're trying to pitch something you've worked on, and you aren't a professional publicist, you're actually at an advantage. Last month, game developer Andrew Miller asked me for advice on how to pitch his work for coverage. Here's what I told him.
Everyone wants to sell their old phones, but it's somewhat intimidating. Getting rid of old devices is a huge hassle, especially when you have to clean it up, deactivate accounts, and find a place that will actually give you a decent amount of cash for your device. It's a chore no one wants to deal with.
Thankfully, trading in your device for some cash, especially before new smartphones debut, is a pretty simple process when you take it one step at a time. You'll feel better by decluttering your life, you'll make some money you can use toward your next device, and you can do it without meeting some stranger in a McDonald's for the handoff.
I'm getting ready to move house and that means l'm spending time each day clearing cupboards and finding stuff I no longer want or need. The unicycle in the garage is testament to why I should never be allowed to impulse shop. In the past, I'd have jumped straight to eBay or Gumtree (in the old days it would have been the Trading Post paper) but I decided to give Facebook marketplace a go. Here's what I learned.
Dear Lifehacker, Recently I sold a mobile phone that was is full working order to someone. I tested it prior and all was good. Within a few hours the buyer was claiming there were problems with the phone which I totally refute. First they asked for costs to cover the repair and now they are asking for a full refund, all within 24 hours.
Where do I stand as the seller as I still claim there was nothing wrong with the phone and if it has issues now, they were caused by the buyer after I sold it to them?
Android/iOS: You've probably already seen people you know selling stuff online through Facebook. Now the company has decided to get in on the action with the new Marketplace, which makes it easier to buy and sell with people near you.
You've probably dealt with pushy retail salespeople before, the ones who make you feel uncomfortable because they keep asking you to buy stuff even though you've said you're not interested. You know how it feels, and that it usually sends people searching for the nearest exit. So, if you work in retail, don't be anything like that.
You're probably familiar with Facebook's popular "Garage Sale" pages which allow members to buy and sell second-hand goods with nearby locals. Today, the social media giant kicked it up a notch. The Buy & Sell page is a new, invite-only marketplace that is currently being trialed around Australia. It's essentially eBay/Gumtree -- but on Facebook.