Best Places to Buy a Used Phone Online

The phone market is flooded with different types of phones in just about every price. If you are looking for a good phone and prefer a gently used one at an amazing price, as opposed to buying brand new at a ridiculously high price then you are at the right place.

The first thing you should decide is the type of used phone you are looking to buy. Are you looking at purchasing directly from a seller who is most likely the owner of the phone?  Or are you looking to buy from an intermediary that will provide its opinion on the phone? Or are you looking at buying a refurbished used phone directly from the manufacturer.

Here are the best places to buy a used phone.


Buying a phone on Craigslist is not as bad as it sounds. However the issue with craigslist deals is that they are either a hit or a miss. Another important thing to remember is to be wary of scams and stay away if something seems too good to be true. There are thousands of phones available on Craigslist and finding the phone you require can be possible even if it is a specific type. You can buy from a local seller and inspect the phone before paying up. However it can be hard to verify the sellers or the quality of the phone.


eBay is another great place to buy used phones. There are many options available and eBay has many of the advantages of Craigslist and there are options for buying local too. Unlike Craigslist, you needn’t pay cash and can use PayPal to perform secure transactions. eBay still has some auctions on phones, so that could be advantageous if you have time on hand and enjoy bidding.  eBay also has a money back guarantee in case there is an issue with the product or shipment. The disadvantages of using eBay are that you will not be able to see the phone before buying it.


Swappa began as a small Android-based phone buying and selling community, but has expanded to include all mobile devices like iPhones, as well as tablets, Chromebooks and MacBooks.

This site works on a set fee. However, it is the buyer who pays the fee, not the seller. Payments can be done over PayPal and the price is decided by the seller. The site plays a role in determining the authenticity of the listing by checking the IMEI number. All listings have a photo and clear prices including shipping.


Gazelle works differently when compared to the other websites we have looked at so far. It buys phones from sellers and resells on its website like a regular reseller. Gazelle phones are more expensive than some other methods of buying used phones but are more likely to be good quality and last longer. There is also a 30 day return policy.


Glyde is another place where used phones can be bought. It has a business model that is like both Swappa and Gazelle. It uses an ecommerce like portal but ensures users send phones in its secure shipping container. Glyde doesn’t release payment until the buyer receives the phone, so chances of fraud are less.