Everyone’s upgrading season hits at different times. After all, everyone signs a contract for their phones at different times. Nonetheless, with holiday shopping among us, upgrading season seems to be in the air for cell phone owners.
Major deals are going down left and right. For example, some stores offer a gift card to customers who buy a new phone. If that is the route you take, then so be it — you might need a new phone, and this deal might be the perfect opportunity.
However, if you plan on getting the most money for your smartphone when your upgrading season hits — assuming you sell your smartphone and don’t keep it, that is — then there are some basic steps you need to take to make sure you get the most money for your phone.
Those basic steps should have started the moment you bought your phone.
You should have a case on your smartphone to protect the screen — and the phone in general — from falls.
You should protect your smartphone by not placing it at the ends of counters or ledges of any kind, because it could easily fall … especially if children (or the family dog) is lurking around.
If you take it to the beach, or something of the sort (you know, like a pool), you need to make sure you are prepared for the sand and water.
Simply put, you should be treating your smartphone like it cost $500 or more. More likely than not, it did. If your phone doesn’t have any cracks, scratches, dents or anything like that, then that is how you get the most money for your cell phone. It might sound obvious, but most people treat their smartphones like they are $20 toys, and that is completely not the case. Of course, basic wear and tear is going to happen, but that should be expected.
If you really want to get the most money for your phone, then you can try selling it privately rather than giving a big company the benefit of the doubt. Their deals might seem great on paper, and you might not want to go through the hassle of selling your phone to a private buyer, but you can likely get more for your phone if you try to sell it on your own.
Above all else, you need to be treating your phone like royalty from Day 1. After all, a smartphone that features a cracked screen and/or unresponsive buttons is not going to be very valuable. It’s not going to lead to a good trade-in deal if you decide to go that route.
Upgrading season is among us. How is your smartphone looking?