Sell your old phone on eBay and get paid instantly

So let's say that you just purchased the Apple iPhone XS Max and you have an iPhone X to sell. Or suppose the Google Pixel 2 XL you used all last year has been replaced with the new Pixel 3 XL, and you'd like to get rid of the older model. Today, eBay announced a new program called Instant Selling that quickly and easily turns your old phone into an eBay voucher that can be used for anything on eBay, including a new phone.

According to eBay, the entire process of selling your old phone and receiving an eBay voucher for payment takes minutes. Those listing a handset don't have to wait for their phone to sell to receive the voucher. And eBay says that you'll receive more money selling the handset through its new program than you'd receive from a trade-in provider.

A recent survey commissioned by eBay found that 61% of Americans have never sold or traded in a phone that they no longer use. 40% have two or more older handsets collecting dust in a drawer. Instead of letting these devices waste away, you can sell them on eBay and potentially earn an instant voucher worth hundreds of dollars toward a new phone, or anything else you see on eBay.

The only phones that currently can be sold using Instant Selling are Verizon, AT&T, and unlocked iPhone models starting with the 16GB iPhone 6s through the 256GB iPhone X. Verizon, AT&T and unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 through the Galaxy S9+ are also eligible to be sold with this platform. Next month, eBay will add phones from T-Mobile and Sprint, along with Google Pixel and LG handsets.

The entire process requires that you follow only five steps:

  1. Visit the Sell phone page at
  2. Enter information about your handset to determine if its eligible for instant selling.
  3. Add images of the phone, click on List and accept the terms.
  4. Receive an instant voucher which can be used to buy a new phone on eBay.
  5. Print out a dedicated eBay shipping label and ship the old phone.
The auction site says that this process will net you more than if you sell your old handset using, EcoATM, AT&T, Apple Give Back program and Verizon. If interested, click on the sourcelink below.

source: InstantSelling via BGR



1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Got nearly $485 for my 7 Plus about a month ago on eBay...I owned it for two years. 50% deprecation isn't bad at all.

2. swarai

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

But do you get more for your phone than you would if you just list it on the auction with a buy-it-now price?

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Yes...Buy It Now rarely works unless its priced lower than the ASP.

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1566; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Selling on Ebay is always a risk, so easy to scam. So with an instant rebate, it may make sense even if the value is less than you can potentially get.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

No risk at all. You receive payment from buyer before shipping. That easy. Using eBay for more than 15 years. Haven’t been ripped off as a seller yet.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wrong. I've never had a problem in 5 years.

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