iPhone 8 Buyer’s remorse? How to sell the 8 and upgrade to the iPhone X

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When Apple released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus back in September of this year, it was widely understood in the tech industry that the iPhone 8 was not a serious upgrade over its predecessor, the iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 was in essence the iPhone 7s. In the design department, the only noticeable physical difference was a bit of a rounded shape and a glossy back cover. In the software department, there was hardly a noticeable difference except for a few added features to the camera such as an improved Portrait mode. With that in mind, many people, especially us die-hard Apple fanboys (shamelessly raising my hand), talked ourselves into ditching our iPhone 7’s for the iPhone 8. It’s similar to when you fill your stomach up with appetizers knowing full well that you’re better served waiting for the main course to arrive. Now that the main meal has arrived, I am unapologetically thirsty for the iPhone X. The end-to-end display will finally end the conflict between size and practicality. The facial recognition feature and lack of a home button guarantees that the experience of carrying the iPhone X will be very different than all previous iPhones. If you want to upgrade from your old iPhone 7 or iPhone 8, you’ll surely be coming out of pocket. The release of the X will guarantee a dip in prices of older models, but it’s still possible to get a good phone trade-in value for your older iPhone to invest towards the new iPhone X. So, we created this quick guide to help you get rid of your previous iPhone for the iPhone X.

Option #1 | Sell your device on eBay

PROS

eBay has millions of users, so you are guaranteed to sell your iPhone if you post it in the auction format. They also have an instant quick sale option that accepts many models.

CONS

eBay doesn’t currently offer a quick sale option for the iPhone 8. Sales further have a return period. Beware of eBay fees that can mount up to 20% of sale price.

Option #2 | Sell your device to a phone buyback website

PROS

This is the fastest way to sell your phone. Instant quote, hassle free, and convenient. The biggest draw to me is that they offer you a quote regardless of the condition or carrier of your device. You can sell damaged iPhones or phones that are still under contract. We recommend Swift Tech Buy.

CONS

Some iPhone buyback sites will take a few days to pay, offer low buyback prices, or change the deal once the iPhone is received. So make sure you accurately describe your phone during the quote process

Option #3 | Sell iPhone to your Carrier

PROS

During certain promotions, pricing can be the best offer you can find.

CONS

They pay in credit, not cash. For broken devices, their prices are extremely low. You usually need to open a new contract to get the best offers.

Option #4 | Sell device in local classifieds

PROS

An iPhone is a hot a commodity so you will get a lot of offers. If you manage to find a legitimate buyer, this can be a fast option.

CONS

Be on the lookout for spam emails and text messages when you post on classifieds. Also, this option could potentially be unsafe. We recommend you meet in a public place with a lot of foot traffic such as the mall. Don’t hand over your phone until you receive the cash in your hand.

In conclusion, the price you get for your phone is dependent on which method you’re most comfortable with. You can still sell damaged iPhones to websites such as Swift Tech Buy and Craigslist.