How I sold my busted-up iPhone for $42 in less than 3 minutes


On my family roadtrip last month, my iPhone 5 fell on the ceramic tile floor or a McDonalds somewhere in northern Michigan — far, far from an Apple store. Blerg! The screen shattered into what I might have recognized was a beautiful mosaic, but instead sent me to fits of desperation since my poor smart phone was already on its last leg — the battery holding a charge for no more than 30 minutes, and the memory so low I had to delete a photo every time I wanted to take another.

Worst of all: my contract was up in TWO WEEKS, a detail that calls to neither Apple nor AT&T could help me with. It was clear the only reasonable option was to go to a local AT&T dealer and buy a new iPhone 6. Yippee! New phone for me.

Now, what to do with the busted environmental catastrophe lounging in the bottom of my suitcase? A quick google search led me to this process with Gazelle, which I cannot recommend enough … It literally took less than 180 seconds to complete this.

Here you go:

Go to, and go through the screens. Really easy …

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They offered me $40 for my iPhone 5, 16G with its busted-up face. If it were not busted-up, I would have gotten $90! They also paid me a 5% premium for choosing an Amazon credit, opposed to a PayPay deposit or gift to charity (I’m a bad person, I know).

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A few days later, a shipping box arrived. Included were instructions for clearing my phone and turning off the tracking feature.


Then I packed it all up, and gave it to my kid to take to the mail box (paintball mask not included, or necessary).




A week later, I received this email, alerting me to the $42 in my Amazon account.

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