So you’re ready to upgrade to a new smartphone and grab one of the new hot devices of the year, eh? Sweet, you’re gonna love that thing! But, what are you going to do with your current one? You’re not going to simply toss it in a drawer, are you?

Whether you bought your phone from a carrier, a retail outlet, or somewhere online, there’s always somebody willing to buy that old model off of you. No, it’s not going to be worth as much as you might hope to get, but it’s worth something.

We’ve gathered up some of the best places to trade in your old devices. Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or some other gadget, these are the first places you should check out. Each is a little bit different from the other and all offer their terms and conditions or payout methods, but all of them wouldn’t mind buying your old tech gear.

  • Amazon Trade-In
  • EcoATM
  • Gazelle
  • Glyde
  • Smartphone Trade-In
  • Swappa

For the sake of comparison, we plugged in the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon) and 32GB HTC One (Verizon) (2013). These are two years old and one year old, respectively, and give a decent sense for what you might expect.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Verizon (SGH-i535) HTC One (M7) Verizon (6500LVW)
Amazon Trade-In $95.90 $154.50
eCycle Best $185.00 $250.00
EcoATM $80.00 $90.00
Gazelle $93.00 $154.00
Glyde $95.00 $156.00
Smartphone TradeIn $98.40 $168.00
Swappa $189.00 $301.00


Assuming one of these aren’t your cup of tea you can always try your hand at eBay or Craigslist. Or, perhaps you pass the device on to a family member or friend as a pre-paid option.

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