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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MacBack - Sell or buy used iPhones in the USA


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Back in September I wrote about MacBack and Tech.trade sites. MacBack offers users the chance to sell old Apple tech for refurbishment and Tech.trade allows buyers to purchase refurbished Macbooks, iPads and iMacs. My previous Windows laptop, which was on its last legs then, has now officially expired and so I’m definitely in the market for a new machine. Most of my friends use Macs as they’re gamers and coders, so they suggested that I look at a refurbished Macbook. While I was researching my options, I discovered that MacBack have a US division as well as the UK arm I wrote about. The US division of MacBack handle both the buying and selling of refurbished iDevices, including iPhones, iMacs, Macbooks and iPads. The company is currently offering up to $380 for a second hand-as-new iPhone in top condition.

Once a seller has decided that their iPhone is no longer fit for purpose, selling it is easy. Firstly, they request a quote. For residents of Reno or California, collection is free; for other states, UPS will handle the mailing either via collection or drop off service. A quick assessment and payment via bank transfer or PayPal is made in 48 hours no matter where in the US the seller is located. Current top-dollar models are the iPhone 5S, 6S and 6S+. Phones sent without a power supply will have deductions made from the quote price.

iPhone 5S sellers can expect to earn over $100 for a well cared for model. The flagship model in 2013, the iPhone 5S was the first Apple phone available in gray, gold and silver and was phenomenally successful, selling three times as many units as its nearest Apple rival, the 5C.

Unlocked versions of the iPhone 5S 32GB can earn around $100 for the best condition, while locked versions could command up to $75. Other prices will vary on the state of the phone upon receipt by MacBack, and sellers are advised to read the grading page to find out where their phone is likely to fall on the scale. In practice, most used phones are likely to be a Grade C device, with mild wear and tear, no screen marks, no dents, still with original packaging and power supply.

Each page gives detailed instructions on the best way to delete data from the phone while still retaining it safely in the iCloud for future use. As with all second hand sales, sellers are advised to back everything up and sign out of all associated programs and devices before attempting data deletion. There are specialists around who can help with this process if necessary - this may be important as data cannot be restored once wiped. Working entirely in the cloud can be a pain at times, but sometimes it’s a better option as it makes upgrading to a new device and disposing of the old one really simple. Plus, items saved in the cloud are not hogging space on the phone itself, leading to less wear and tear on the battery and a phone which runs smoothly.

During standard business hours MacBack staff are available to help with queries via phone, email, Facebook, and Twitter, while for new owners, the Tutorials section gives extended help on iPhone 5/5S and 6/6S features and functions. Learning about a new device, or even safely preparing one for sale, can be daunting, but with MacBack’s simple tutorials, everyone can become an expert at operating their iPhone. 

For those in the US looking for a place to sell an old iPhone, buy a reconditioned model or even find out how to operate their newly purchased gadget, MacBack has all the answers.

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