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Australians are sitting on $7.8bn worth of used smartphones – what’s yours worth?


Want to upgrade to the new iPhone 12 or the latest Samsung flagship smartphone? Maybe you can fund that purchase by selling your old smartphones. eBay has revealed Australians are sitting on more than $7.8 billion worth of unused mobile phones.

Australia is a nation that loves the latest smartphones so selling your well-cared-for device can provide a handy return.

So far in 2020, there have been 76,626 pre-loved smartphones sold on eBay – that works out at 11 handsets per hour.

And the second-hand models offering the best returns are the Apple iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G.

eBay has also created an online tool to help sellers find out how much their device could be worth with prices up to $386 more than competitor trade-ins.

According to a Deloitte survey, Apple and Samsung hold 40 per cent and 36 per cent share of the market respectively.

But the study shows that smartphone sales are slowing as more customers choose to hold on to their existing device even longer – up to three and a half years.

“With Christmas rapidly approaching, there’s no better time to clear out your unused tech draw and treat yourself to a mobile upgrade – or simply sell your old handset to make a bit of extra cash ahead of the most expensive time of the year,” says eBay Australia’s Sophie Onikul.

“eBay shoppers looking to upgrade their current device can find a huge range of brand new mobile phones including the latest models at affordable prices from one of our 40,000 Australian retailers.”

eBay Australia’s tips and tricks on how to get top dollar for your used mobile phone

Preparation is key: Before you’re ready to list your phone for sale, be sure that it’s properly backed up so that you don’t lose all your data when you switch to your new model. For people concerned about the data on their old phones, Mobile Muster has how-to videos on how to manage phone data:

– Research: Find out your phone’s storage capacity, camera specs and which accessories are compatible with it to ensure that your buyers are fully informed about the product and better able to make their purchase decision. The description is your sales pitch – try to describe your item as if there were no photos attached.

– Ease: Once you have the information it is very easy to list all the details with pre-filled templates for each phone model or a barcode scanner available.

– Make it eye-catching: When you take photos of your phone for the listing, use good lighting and try to photograph it against a solid white backdrop. Take photos from every angle including close-up shots and photos of any accessories you are selling with it. Pair your description with at least three great images, but the more the better.

– Contactless selling: eBay is also the only platform that enables contactless selling. You can sell, print a label on the eBay site, drop it in an Australia Post box or have Sendle pick up from your doorstep.