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Advice on how to buy from Swappa

dmyh 2,510 847 September 9, 2015 at 01:01 PM
hi,
not sure this is the right forum, but i'm looking to purchase a used iphone 6 for the sis.

Does anyone have any hints/tips/advice about purchasing an iph6 from swappa?

- can you negotiate prices with the sellers on swappa?
- are all the phones guaranteed to have clean ESN and not icloud locked (or whatever that term is?)
- anything that i should be weary of when i'm looking at listings?

thanks in advance.

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Quote from dmyh View Post :
hi,
not sure this is the right forum, but i'm looking to purchase a used iphone 6 for the sis.

Does anyone have any hints/tips/advice about purchasing an iph6 from swappa?

- can you negotiate prices with the sellers on swappa?
- are all the phones guaranteed to have clean ESN and not icloud locked (or whatever that term is?)
- anything that i should be weary of when i'm looking at listings?

thanks in advance.
Yes, you can negotiate price. Your best bet is to leave a comment telling the seller you will buy for $x and wait for them to post a comment back.

Regarding ESN - https://swappa.com/faq/esn

Nothing to be wary of, just see if the seller has decent feedback. You can always ask better pictures as well, if that helps. I've bought 2 phones and sold 2 phones on Swappa, no complaints.
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Yes you can certainly negotiate a price, but many sellers are not interested in 'low ball' offers, so I'd advise an offer close to actual price.
Swappa's ESN policy is a bit sketchy. I read their reviews at the BBB and it seems like their guarantee is not as iron clad as they'd like you to think (admittedly most sales are 100% legit).

In the end, I couldn't convince myself to pull the trigger so went with Orchard (getorchard.com). I read about their app on one of the tech blogs that I follow and was impressed. A few months in and no complaints so far...
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Quote from dmyh View Post :
hi,
not sure this is the right forum, but i'm looking to purchase a used iphone 6 for the sis.

Does anyone have any hints/tips/advice about purchasing an iph6 from swappa?

- can you negotiate prices with the sellers on swappa?
- are all the phones guaranteed to have clean ESN and not icloud locked (or whatever that term is?)
- anything that i should be weary of when i'm looking at listings?

thanks in advance.
You can negotiate a price by leaving a comment with the price you are interested in paying, of course sellers won't want to be lowballed but it won't keep people from doing it.

SWAPPA supposedly does an ESN check when you list your phone (you have to provide your ESN) to check whether or not it is financed so you should be good on this end.

I've bought and sold a few items on SWAPPA and haven't had any issues (both phones and tablets).
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You can negotiate a price by leaving a comment with the price you are interested in paying, of course sellers won't want to be lowballed but it won't keep people from doing it.

SWAPPA supposedly does an ESN check when you list your phone (you have to provide your ESN) to check whether or not it is financed so you should be good on this end.

I've bought and sold a few items on SWAPPA and haven't had any issues (both phones and tablets).
They say they do an ESN check for financing but that's not true.
Swappa only does an ESN check for blacklisting.
They are only a facilitator and realistically do very little but introduce you to buyer/seller... they DON'T offer any additional guarantees of legitimacy... all protection is done through Paypal.
Just purchased a phone and I might be in for a struggle. The phone is financed, which Swappa states makes the item ineligible to be sold. The upside is that buyer claims they will accept the return, but will I REALLY get refunded?
If I keep the phone I can never get it legitimately unlocked from AT&T and there is the possibility AT&T bans the ESN on the network... I don't believe it can technically be blacklisted since it's not stolen.
Swappa suggests the I should pay for return cost (approx $15) for their mistake... It ain't happening.
This is my first experience buying @ Swappa and I would say unless the seller gives you the ESN to verify its finance free (which Swappa tells sellers NOT to do) I'd avoid like the plague.
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