eBay Launches Program for Smartphone Owners to Sell Their Device ‘Instantly’

eBay launches Instant Selling feature for smartphones

There are a lot of different ways out there to choose from when it comes to selling a device, or directly trading it in, to get your hands on that new device.

Apple, for instance, has its Give Back program, which will let you trade in your current device for something new. And all of the major wireless carriers in the United States offer their own trade-in deals more often than not when a new phone launches. Third-party options like Gazelle are also a possibility for a pretty simple sale, and then there are things like Craig’s List as well if you prefer a more hands-on approach when selling your old gear.

Well, now we can add eBay to the mix. The company has just announced a brand new program that will let consumers “instantly” sell their smartphone. eBay is also touting the amount of money its handing out for those devices, using a table to show that, on average, it doles out more of a payout per device than companies like AT&t, EcoATM, Gazelle, and even Apple itself:

eBay promotes its high payouts for devices

The one thing to be aware of here is that eBay is basically making it easy to buy a new device from eBay, rather than just giving you cash to use how you want. Here’s how it works: You start with the dedicated portal to see if your device is eligible for “Instant Selling”. You’ll select a variety of options, like storage size, device manufacturer and model, carrier, and more. If eBay determines it wants the phone it will then offer up a price, you’ll add images of the device, and then accept the terms.

eBay will then deliver a “instant voucher”, which can then be used to buy a new device on eBay. You’ll need to send eBay your device, but the company will provide a shipping label (which you’ll need to print to use).

“Millions of Americans have unused phones in their homes and simply don’t realize how much their devices are worth, probably because trade-in values are typically so low,” said Alyssa Steele, Vice President of Hard Goods, eBay. “With Instant Selling, people can find out exactly how much their phone is worth, and sell their phone within a matter of minutes to immediately help fund the holidays, or maybe something off their personal wish list.”

The new selling feature with eBay is available now. We tried to put up the brand new iPhone XS Max, but all the Instant Selling part offered was for us to list the device ourselves, so it doesn’t look like the newest handsets are supported just yet (which isn’t a shock by any means).

Are you thinking you’ll try out eBay’s Instant Selling feature?

[via eBay (announcement); (Instant Selling)]

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