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Five ways to do away with an old smartphone!

I thought to sell my old smartphone and that led me to write about best options available to sell old phones in India

27th Jan 2018
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Are you really interested to pile up the e-waste at your home? Most of us would obviously not gonna say yes! So, why do we create museum of old Smartphones at home? The answer is - we actually do not know how to do away from those outdated or irreparable pieces. As per my experience the best solution should be – price discovery on performance and instant cash in return basis of appropriate old phones. 

Here are some fantastic and simple ideas which most of us can surely try sitting at home only and earn cash by clearing our cupboard and filling our bank accounts.  My choice goes for the last and the best option available on making cash out of trash!

1. Traditional Shopkeepers

Nearby shops which does sales of new Smartphones, repairs and also buys old Smartphones for their low tickets customers. Customers who aspires to buy high end models but unable to afford brand new product due to high prices, are the targets of the shopkeeper who buys such old phones and sells refurbished phones with some margins. But do we have time to go to the secondhand shops to sell? Apart from time constraint, we always doubt on the pricing offered by such shopkeeper due to lack of any trustworthy mechanism of deriving price. As per industry estimates, about 75% of secondhand Smartphones in India are still sold in this traditional and unorganized market due to lack of awareness on other smart methods.

2. Customer to Customer (C2C) Platforms

Directly customer to customer (C2C) selling is what matters comparing the traditional shopkeeper method. Quicker and OLX are the best platforms that enables customers to display classified advertisements of old Smartphones. The best part of this channel is that you are directly reaching to a large customer base who wants to buy secondhand Smartphones in a cheaper range. The only challenge with this set-up is the time-frame in which you could sell your stuff. No one knows how much days or months or years will take to sell your old phones at your desired price. So, as much as you wait to get fair price of your phone, the price in the secondhand market keeps reducing.

3. Offline Exchange Offers by OEMs

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are the ones who bring newer models of Smartphones at least twice in six months or more. Since, they see India as a second largest Smartphones market, they bring exchange offers to keep rolling newly launched Smartphones in the market. Serious customers can definitely go and avail these offers as there is no harm in case the exchange value is worth buying new. But then too, this option is only available if we want to buy new one of the same brand. If you have Lenovo’s old model and want to buy Samsung’s new model, you may not be offered exchange under this route.

4. Online Exchange Offers by e-Commerce Platforms

Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Shopclues and many such more are playing best role in the penetration of internet in the country by bringing best of the Smartphones offers to the customers across the country. One of such e-commerce offers under Smartphones category is to buy-back the old phones under exchange programme and at the pre-decided flat value of each and every brand and models. This certainly gives relief to those who wants to buy new one and wants to also do away with any old model in place. But here the pricing offered is flat and pre-decided on every model which does not consider the phone’s current condition.

 5. Customer to Business (C2B) Apps

In the countries like China and US, there are many C2B apps where customers can easily sell old Smartphones and get the quick bucks in the bank account / wallet. India is the next evolving C2B market of refurbished Smartphones and about Rs. 7 cores of business churns under organised channels unlike the traditional shops where price discovery is not done scientifically. InstaCash, Atterobay, CashonPick some of the Indian C2B apps which buys any Smartphones instantly based on the scientific price discovery technology. There are many such more but in my region, I found InstaCash providing best pricing and pick-up with a fast money transfer option.

Scientific Price Discovery

In above all four channels, a scientific grading and price discovery technology was missing, which C2B apps have enabled to a customer right in their hands. Under this revolutionary technology, app scans the phone’s performance and provides grading instantly with a price offer. Mainly, the app checks the screen functioning, audio jack, charger point, volume and on-off buttons, wifi, bluetooth, sim slots and asks about available accessories like, original charger, audio-set, box, USB cord etc. Based on this input, we get customized pricing of a phone unlike a flat exchange pricing offered by e-Commerce platforms or unfair price offered by shopkeepers. The best scientific platform 

Quick Pick-ups and Payments

With the evolution of tech backed logistic market, the quick pick-ups of the old phones has become reality as these are being monitored with the data registration. Customer sets their own choice to time and date; pick-ups are lined-up accordingly. During pick-ups, again the parameters on which the pricing was agreed is audited by the pick-up expert and reported to the data-center. If customer has acted honest on the responding parameters at a time of scientific check, the price agreed is locked and paid immediately and directly to the bank account or wallets, as per customer’s choice. If parameters are not matching at a time of pick-up audits, the revised price is offered to the customer.

What happens to Secondhand Smartphones?

As I was more curious, I also searched and found out that 'What happens to these old refurbished phones ?' This is the second interesting mysterious fact. About 80% of these smartphones reaches to the bulk buyers who refurbishes these phones and rolls further the bulk to retailers of refurbished phones in the tier-II and tier-III markets of India. India has just 30% of phone users who uses Smartphones as most of them are using internet on these gadgets. About 70% of phone users are still using feature phones in the country due to affordability reach and lack of technological awareness issues. The major demand comes from feature phone users as they aspire to upgrade to Smartphones.

All above mentioned buy-back channels eats margins between ‘Collect-Refurbish-Resell’ chains. Under these various channels the best channels that pass on the value to the customers (old phone sellers and buyers of refurbished phones) at both the levels, is C2B channel, where the Trust and Price factors are optimized in real time, when the customer satisfaction parameter is considered. 

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