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While the iPhone has become one the most popular smartphones, it’s also become one of the priciest. It was only natural for the used iPhone market to begin burgeoning. If you’re looking to buy a used iPhone or looking to sell your old one, here are some options.
1. Online Marketplaces
This is the familiar channel that most people already know about, however it does come with its challenges.
While the current COVID situation is making it challenging to buy a used iPhone in person while maintaining social distancing, we’ll park that thought at the moment.
Buying or selling on a marketplace takes patience and requires a keen eye.
You’ll need to be constantly looking, messaging people and moving quick on deals. The seller may be near or far, so some amount of travel will be required.
You also want to ensure you purchase a fully functioning device. Here’s a guide that gives you all the pointers you need on what you should check before buying a used iPhone.
Here are some popular marketplaces for Canadians:
If you’re the type that likes to make your purchases online and get things done quickly, Orchard is an option that may fit the bill
Started in 2014 and based in Toronto, Orchard buys and sells used iPhones, so if you’re looking for that peace of mind of buying from a reputed Canadian business with a 90-day money back guarantee, this may work best for you.
You can check out some reviews here.
Buying a used iPhone
Orchard keeps an inventory of used iPhones that are ready to ship the same or next business day. While the inventory is continsouly changing, they usually have something available from the iPhone 4 all the way up to the iPhone XS Max, including different variations and storage sizes.
They usually have some variations of the following in stock:
Used iPhone XS Max
Used iPhone XS
Used iPhone X
Used iPhone XR
Used iPhone 8 Plus
Used iPhone 8
Used iPhone 7 Plus
Used iPhone 7
Used iPhone 6S Plus
Used iPhone 6S
Used iPhone 6 Plus
Used iPhone 6
Used iPhone 5S
Used iPhone SE
On the date of writing this article, they had models available in every category noted above.
Time to time they will also have the used iPhone 5 and the used iPhone 4S available, as well as having used models of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max available.
While Android phones are not their main focus, they also usually have some Samsung devices in stock.
On the date of writing, the following were available:
Galaxy S8 Plus
Selling a used iPhone
On the flip side, most of Orchards used iPhone inventory comes through their buying program.
So, if you have used iPhones laying around at home, you may want to consider cashing them in!
The process is pretty straightforward:
Download the Orchard app (or use their online process) and enter in some details about your device, it’s condition and get an instant price quote.
If you accept the quote, Orchard will send you a box and packing materials to ship your device to them for free.
(A manual verification of the details in the quote will take place.)
They’ll sell your phone and you’ll get paid!
For further details on this program from Orchard or to download their app, visit this page.
3. Amazon Renewed
Another online channel where you may be able to snag a decent deal with peace of mind is Amazon Renewed.
Amazon Renewed devices have been inspected and tested to work and look like new and are backed by a minimum 90-day supplier warranty.
They are essentially refurbished devices.
They sell all sorts of electronics, including computers, tablets and smartphones in this program.
Here’s the link the the smartphones currently available.