Act now to lock in the best price for your iPhone trade-in

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The iPhone 6s is Apple's best smartphone yet. But is it worth the upgrade?
If you're upgrading to iPhone 11, now is the time to secure the best possible price for your old iPhone trade-in.
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With today’s impending iPhone 11 reveal, excitement abounds for Apple lovers. However, one downside of the “By Innovation Only” event is the impending drop in value of your old Apple devices.

Every year, newer models push older iPhones, Apple Watches and MacBooks further and further down the path to obsolescence. But there’s good news: Cult of Mac will still buy your old devices. And we’ll help you maximize the money you get for your iPhone trade-in, too.

How to preorder your iPhone XR the right way

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iPhone XR portrait mode
Thinking the iPhone XR would have been worth the wait?
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Preorders for the iPhone XR start tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. Pacific. If you want to be sure of getting a new handset — in the color you really want — on day one, you probably need to be quick with your preorder. If not, you could be faced with waiting for Apple to fill the backlog of orders before you finally get a new iPhone sometime near Christmas.

Luckily, we have a guide that will help you preorder your iPhone XR the right way when on October 19.

Got a new iPhone X? Sell us your old one for cold, hard cash.

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Get cash for your old devices the easy way with Cult of Mac's buyback program.
Get cash for your old devices the easy (and fast) way.
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You just got the iPhone 8 for Christmas or spent your year-end bonus to snag the iPhone X. After unlocking the X with your face a few times and using Animoji for the longest you ever will, you’re probably wondering, “What do I do with my old phone?”

Apple made fantastic improvements to the iPhone over the last few years. But these upgrades mean that older iPhones depreciate at faster and faster rates. Luckily, our buyback program is the quick and easy way to get cash for your old devices.

Selling your old iPhone? Don’t fall for a ‘flawless’ quote

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Want to sell your iPhone? Unless you kept your iPhone 7 shrink-wrapped in the box since the day you got it, it's not
Ready to sell your iPhone? Unless you kept your iPhone 7 shrink-wrapped in the box since the day you got it, it's not "flawless."
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With the price of the next iPhone reportedly clocking in at over $1,000, many people are likely thinking, “It’s time to sell my iPhone.”

If you’re looking to trade in your old iPhone for cash, you’d be crazy not to maximize the money you get. But beware: One of the biggest mistakes people make during an iPhone trade-in is falling for a “flawless” quote.

This fake iPhone looks so good it almost fooled the experts

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From the back, the fake iPhone looks just like the real thing. (The fake phone is on the right.)
From the back, the fake iPhone looks just like the real thing. (The fake phone is on the right.)
Photo: Gabe Trumbo/MyPhones Unlimited

This fake iPhone looks so impressive that it fooled us for a hot minute. A rose gold iPhone 7 Plus clone, it shines just like the real thing. At first glance, it seems to deliver everything you would expect from a real iPhone: Lightning port, dual rear cameras, even a touch-ready Home button.

In short, this is the highest-quality iPhone clone we’ve ever seen. It’s a surprising indicator of just how good Chinese manufacturers are getting at reproducing Apple products. And it’s also a cautionary tale for anybody looking to buy a used iPhone.

Last chance for Earth Day bonus: Get an extra $10 for your old Apple gear

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Earth Day gadget buyback
Save the earth and get paid! Trade-in your old Apple gear this week for cash, and take advantage of our Earth Day bonus: an extra $10 on every trade-in.
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Last chance! We’ve extended our special Earth Day buyback bonus until Monday.

Americans throw away 9.4 million tons of electronics each year, according to Earth 911. That’s roughly equivalent to the weight of 1.88 million elephants — way more elephants than are even alive today.

Fight that e-waste nightmare by trading in your old Apple gear, and you can take advantage of our Earth Day bonus: You’ll get an extra $10 on every trade-in — just use the coupon code “earthday”!

Sell your old Apple device for cash today!

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The quickest and easiest way to get paid for your old devices.
The quickest and easiest way to get paid for your old devices.
Photo: MyPhones Unlimited

Trying to make some easy cash? If you’ve recently upgraded devices and have an old iPhone, iPad or MacBook laying around to sell, we have your answer. By using our online buyback program, you can receive the biggest bang for your buck with the easiest trade-in program on the internet.

It takes less than two minutes to get a quote — we’ll mail you a prepaid box to send us your device, and we cut checks within 24 hours of receiving the device!

Lock in best iPhone trade-in prices before they drop even further

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Sell your old iPhone
Sell your old iPhone (and other Apple gear) to us to get the best possible resale value.
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At long last, your local Apple Store has the iPhone 7 in stock.

The jet black one you preordered three weeks ago is finally shipping.

You’ve had the 7 Plus for 10 days, but wanted to keep a backup just in case your new phone spontaneously burst into flames.

Whatever your reason for not selling your old device yet, now is the perfect time to cash it in before prices drop further.

Ready to trade in your old phone? Meet the folks behind our gadget buyback (highest prices, BTW)

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The guys behind MyPhones Unlimited, an Arkansas-based buyback program that we believe pays more than the competition (in nine out of ten cases).
The guys behind MyPhones Unlimited, an Arkansas-based buyback program that we believe pays more than the competition (in nine out of ten cases).
Photo: MyPhones Unlimited

We recently launched a gadget buyback program that promises to pay more for used and broken Apple devices than Gazelle, Walmart and even Apple itself. This post is about the startup company we partnered with to bring you this service.

A college friend who bought a new phone and was about to trash a defunct iPhone 3G sparked the idea for MyPhones Unlimited, a smartphone recycling service that Cult of Mac recently partnered with.

“Two main thoughts came to mind,” says MyPhones Unlimited founder Gabe Trumbo. “One is that that can’t be good for that to just be thrown away, there has got to be a better way to recycle it. And beyond that, I’m sure there’s still some value in it.”

He was right. Trading in his friend’s phone himself, Trumbo got a bigger chunk of change than he expected — and immediately saw a market coupled to an important problem.

Selling your old iPhone? We pay more than Gazelle!

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Cult of Mac's buyback program pays good money for your gear, even broken ones.
Cult of Mac's buyback program pays good money for your gear, even broken ones.
Photo: Warren R.M. Stuart/Flickr CC

Navigating the internet to find the best price for trading in your old iPhone is a pain. Lots of sites offer different prices — and all the prices seem to change by the minute. To take the pressure off, we did the work for you and compared our services on to leading iPhone buyback competitors Gazelle & iCracked.

Using an AT&T iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s in good condition, we compared our prices with the other guys. The verdict? We pay more.