I Compared 8 Buyback Sites to See Which Would Pay More for My Old Phone

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I recently purchased a new phone, which proved to be one of the larger purchases I’ve made this year (even larger than a round-trip flight to Europe).

Now that I have an old, still-functioning phone hanging around, I’ve been looking into to selling it — you know, to alleviate some of the pain I felt swiping my credit card.

I’ve read a lot about a buy back site called Decluttr, so I started there.

The big appeal with Decluttr is the company sends you a free shipping label, so you just stash your old phone in a box and ship it off for free.

Then, you get paid. It means you don’t have wait around for a buyer to bite.

Plus, Decluttr has a deal going on now where I can get an additional 10% back by entering PENNY10 at checkout.

But will it actually give me the most money? I decided to poke around the internet.

Of 8 Buyback Sites, This Company Offered the Most 80% of the Time

I started by pricing my phone, but then I was interested in looking into other makes and models as well.

For the sake of consistency, I noted all of these devices were in “good” or “fair” conditions, depending on how the sites defined the term.

Each time, I said my phone was registered with AT&T, though it seems like you’ll get a little more back if it falls into the “factory unlocked” category. You might also get a few extra dollars if you have the original packaging or charger.

Note: I can’t guarantee your estimates will be the same as these. It’ll depend on the day and the site’s demand, as well as your phone’s condition.

All right. Here’s what I found: 

Apple iPhone 6

64 GB

  • Decluttr: $181.50
  • Buyback Boss: $170
  • Gazelle: $120
  • iGotOffer: $165
  • ItsWorthMore.com: $140
  • MaxBack: $135
  • SwopSmart: $171
  • The Whiz Cells: $151

Apple iPhone 5C

32 GB

  • Decluttr: $52.80
  • Buyback Boss: $50
  • Gazelle: $40
  • iGotOffer: $45
  • ItsWorthMore.com: $60
  • MaxBack: $47
  • SwopSmart: $46
  • The Whiz Cells: $45

Apple iPhone 4S

64 GB

  • Decluttr: $30.80
  • Buyback Boss: $10
  • Gazelle: not listed
  • iGotOffer: $1
  • ItsWorthMore.com: $20
  • MaxBack: not listed
  • SwopSmart: $20
  • The Whiz Cells: not listed

Samsung Galaxy S7

32 GB

  • Decluttr: $209
  • Buyback Boss: not listed
  • Gazelle: $115
  • iGotOffer: $105
  • ItsWorthMore.com: $155
  • MaxBack: $191
  • SwopSmart: $216
  • The Whiz Cells: $202

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

32 GB

  • Decluttr: $101.20
  • Buyback Boss: not listed
  • Gazelle: $40
  • iGotOffer: $75
  • ItsWorthMore.com: $65
  • MaxBack: $51
  • SwopSmart: $75
  • The Whiz Cells: $68

BlackBerry Q10

16 GB

  • Decluttr: $29.70
  • Buyback Boss: not listed
  • Gazelle: $5
  • iGotOffer: not listed
  • ItsWorthMore.com: not listed
  • MaxBack: not listed
  • SwopSmart: $18
  • The Whiz Cells: $24

HTC One (M8)

32 GB

  • Decluttr: $77
  • Buyback Boss: not listed
  • Gazelle: $25
  • iGotOffer: not listed
  • Itsworthmore: $40
  • MaxBack: $33
  • SwopSmart: $36
  • The Whiz Cells: $51

LG G4

16 GB

  • Decluttr: $79.20
  • Buyback Boss: not listed
  • Gazelle: $35
  • iGotOffer: not listed
  • ItsWorthMore.com: not listed
  • MaxBack: $51
  • SwopSmart: $50
  • The Whiz Cells: $64

Motorola Moto X

16 GB

  • Decluttr: $25.30
  • Buyback Boss: not listed
  • Gazelle: $5
  • iGotOffer: not listed
  • ItsWorthMore.com: not listed
  • MaxBack: not listed
  • SwopSmart: $12
  • The Whiz Cells: $6

Nokia Lumia 1520

32 GB

  • Decluttr: $88
  • Buyback Boss: not listed
  • Gazelle: $10
  • iGotOffer: not listed
  • ItsWorthMore.com: not listed
  • MaxBack: $37
  • SwopSmart: not listed
  • The Whiz Cells: $45

So… Where Will You Get the Most Money For Your Used Phone?

For my iPhone 6, it looks like I can get the most from Decluttr — especially with that additional 10% back.

Plus, like I mentioned, I don’t have to pay for packaging or shipping. And I’ll get paid the day after Decluttr receives my package.

If you want to give Decluttr a try, go ahead and snag that additional 10% back bonus.

Then, let us know how much money you got back!

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She hates herself for how much she spent on her new phone.

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Disclosure:

Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on our favorite coin.