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5 reasons to sell your used iPhone XR

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Gadget Salvation: Why you should sell your preowned iPhone XR and how to do it.
Why you should sell your preowned iPhone XR and how to do it.
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This iPhone buyback post is brought to you by Gadget Salvation.

Thinking about upgrading your iPhone this fall, but not sure what to do with your older iPhone XR? Selling it is a great option. Not only will that put a few extra bucks in your pocket, but it is also environmentally friendly.

Here are five reasons to sell your preowned iPhone XR.

Why sell your iPhone XR?

1.) Selling a preowned iPhone is easy

Nowadays, you can sell your used phone or almost any other gadget without leaving the house. There are tons of buy-back services and re-commerce platforms out there that will gladly make you a cash offer on your device, saving you the hassle of listing it, taking photos, dealing with strangers from Craigslist, etc. You can get several offers, compare quotes and pick the best one, all from the comfort of your own home.

2.) Extra cash comes in handy

It’s nice to be able to get some money for your unwanted phone, especially if you want to switch smartphone brands. Apple Trade-in is great for when you want to get a newer iPhone since they do offer pretty good trade-in credit values. But, you cannot sell your iPhone back to them for some cash.

3.) It’s an eco-friendly option

Selling unwanted used tech is the easiest way to reduce your environmental impact. It keeps your gadget in rotation longer, saving it from landfills and reducing e-waste.

4.) Used iPhones retain good resale values

For some people, “used” automatically translates into “worthless,” unfortunately. But that is rarely ever true, and we have to get out of this mindset if we want to create a circular economy for gadgets. And preowned iPhones hold a better resale value compared to any other brand. Regardless, you don’t want to sit on it for too long. Every time a new iPhone comes out, older models lose their value dramatically, so time your selling decision wisely.

5.) Extend the iPhone’s lifespan

When you pass your iPhone on to a new owner, you automatically extend its life cycle. Even if your iPhone is damaged beyond repair, or is simply too old to run properly, it can be effectively recycled. Currently, Apple reuses old iPhone components in its manufacturing process.

How to sell your used iPhone XR

As we mentioned earlier, there is no shortage of buy-back platforms for all kinds of electronics, so selling a used iPhone might be easier than you think. We can group all available buy-back services in the following two options:

    1. Platforms for selling in-person. These include Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp.
    2. Online re-commerce sites. These are designed to remove the necessity of in-person dealings altogether.

Both have their benefits and drawbacks. For example, by selling your iPhone yourself in person, you are likely to get more money for it. But the process can be time-consuming and even risky, especially if you have never done this before.

On the other hand, online buy-back places are very convenient and quick. Using one might be a better option if you are a busy professional.

Online cash sale: Gadget Salvation

Gadget Salvation is an online platform designed to help its users sell their preowned devices for cash. The company’s purchasing database is not limited to just iPhones, either. Gadget Salvation also accepts other smartphone brands, laptop computers, tablets, smartwatches and more.

The company started out in 2008 and has repurposed and recycled countless devices since then. Everything from valuation to postage cost and inspections is included in the service at no extra charge. Gadget Salvation guarantees a speedy turnaround and offers a variety of payout methods to choose from.

How it works

To sell iPhone XR with Gadget Salvation, all you need to do is look up your specific configuration in the database and answer a few quick questions about the device’s functional and cosmetic condition online.

The Gadget Salvation website will calculate an estimate right then and there. If you like what you see, simply complete the checkout form to receive a prepaid shipping label. Then, package your iPhone XR in a sturdy box and drop it off at the carrier for shipment.

Gadget Salvation will inspect your phone and issue payment within 48 business hours of your package’s acceptance. You can choose to receive your funds via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle or a paper check.

iPhone XR trade-in value

Your used iPhone XR resale value depends on factors like wear and tear, functionality, storage size and unlock status. But to give you a general idea, here are a few examples:

  • A factory unlocked iPhone XR 128GB in mint condition can get you up to a $186 cash offer*.
  • A used iPhone XR 64GB for Verizon yields up to a $169 estimate*.

One thing to keep in mind is that the iPhone 13 (or whatever Apple calls it) will come out in a few short months. So, if you are thinking about selling your preowned iPhone XR, or any other iPhone model, now is the time to do it. The resale price will continue to drop as the next-gen iPhone’s release date approaches.

Bottom line on selling your old iPhone

Getting some extra cash must be one of the most obvious reasons for selling a preowned iPhone XR. No less important, by reselling your smartphone, you will be extending its life cycle and doing your part to help stem the e-waste crisis.

With the number of reputable online buy-back services and marketplaces, accomplishing both is easy and convenient. And in most cases, you don’t even have to leave the house to go green and get paid for it.

*Priced on 07/19/2021. Subject to change.