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I was reviewing the fees etc - I still do not see as to how to list non-brand new phones on ebay - I searched for LG X Charge and did not see ads similar to eBay - am I missing something here.

Anyway:
- eBay seems the highest cost - $100 phone seller fee would be $13.20
- Amazon - $100 phone seller fee would be $8
- Swappa - buyer pays the fee - so the sale price minus shipping cost?

Apparently you can sell it on NewEgg and Ali Express?

Could I list an unlocked LG X Charge on Amazon - how?

Which one of the three hits the seller in case you have an abusive buyer - eg buys and then wants to return even if you stated "no returns"?

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I was reviewing the fees etc - I still do not see as to how to list non-brand new phones on ebay - I searched for LG X Charge and did not see ads similar to eBay - am I missing something here.

Anyway:
- eBay seems the highest cost - $100 phone seller fee would be $13.20
- Amazon - $100 phone seller fee would be $8
- Swappa - buyer pays the fee - so the sale price minus shipping cost?

Apparently you can sell it on NewEgg and Ali Express?

Could I list an unlocked LG X Charge on Amazon - how?

Which one of the three hits the seller in case you have an abusive buyer - eg buys and then wants to return even if you stated "no returns"?

Thanks
Gonna answer your last question first. Regarding abusive buyers - yeah, its on ebay and Amazon. In general, Amazon and eBay always side with buyers unless there was gross negligent on the part of buyer. I sell my stuff on Amazon mostly more like garage sales (to get rid of stuff) since I don't make a living selling on either platforms. With that said, a few times I have had buyers requesting returns 2-6 months after purchase for all sort of reasons. I had one 6 months after purchase requesting refund because they found a "better price" somewhere else, like WTF....Recently had the same thing happened but it was only a few days after buyer received the item. I said fine with the return and though it was missing an accessory, i still gave the f... a full refund..(sorry, that's my rant). But in general, most of the time things go through fine.

Unfortunately when I tried to list your LG on Amazon (see attachment) you have to be an authorized "dealer" of the product..

What i like about Amazon is that I don't pay a list fee, etc until the actual item is sold. I used to use ebay but they charged a listing fee, a relisting fee, a rerelisting fee, and jerk off fee, a take a smoke fee, etc...even before the item is sold. once its sold, they take more fees...

BTW, I think Amazon actually takes like 15% so you might want to check.

Also, with Amazon, you can actually buy USPS postage cheaper than online or at the USPS store. The sucky part is to make sure you use clear packaging tape to tape over the mailing label since you are printing at home to prevent the ink from smearing when water, etc.

Most of my experience is just selling a few items a year mostly to feed my electronic gadget addiction.

One other thing on Amazon, since you can't set the shipping price, its set by Amazon and usually like 4.99 or something, you obviously need to adjust your selling price to match what your actual shipping price is going to be. Try to stick with USPS set price boxes/envelopes since you can send a bricks in a box as long as it fits and still the same price regardless of weight (within reasons of course)

Hope this helps..
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I've sold 2 phones on Swappa, including Note 8. So far, no issues. With any of the services, make sure you factor in the fees, but be mindful of what phones are selling for.
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I've sold 2 phones on Swappa, including Note 8. So far, no issues. With any of the services, make sure you factor in the fees, but be mindful of what phones are selling for.
Swappa is by far the best way to sell phones and tablets . Also the best place to buy imo. It looks like they are trying to expand into other areas too. It the reason I like them so much is due to the fact you can avoid the buyers on eBay that claim some nonsense and try to keep your item and get their money back. This could be because swappa is simply less known and up until now has been mostly the xda dev crowd buying and selling on there and they don't try to rip one another off as much
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Have a Nokia C6-01 to sell
I can not even list it on Swappa?
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I'd try Craigslist or Facebook marketplace first. No fees, no shipping and the buyer can inspect the item before paying(no returns).
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I have to agree with everything SpartanOneX said. I've sold electronics on all platforms and come to similiar conclusions.

I will say that the most reputable buyers and sellers (generally speaking) are on Swappa. Price competitively, provide detailed and clear descriptions of the device and an honest assessment of all the flaws. I generally over describe any known issues or scratches so that the buyer has clear confidence in what they are buying. Through in an options for expedited shipping (like overnight fee) and you will sell quick with much lower fees than any other option.

I still have pretty good success with Craigslist from time to time. Just be careful and use a burner phone number to protect yourself from spam. No fees on craiglist and I always meet the person at the cell phone store so they can verify that it is clear of any locks.

1. Craigslist
2. Swappa
3. Ebay (last resort)

Amazon and other retail private sale sites are too much of a pain to deal with abusive buyers to be worth it in my experience.

Hope this helps and good luck
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