Swappa vs. eBay

Save yourself time and fees with Swappa instead of eBay...

For Sellers
Sell with Swappa »
  • No seller fees!
    Swappa does not charge listing or insertion fees.
    Buyer pays a flat "sale fee" only when listing sells.
  • Get paid faster.
    A listing is not considered sold until the buyer pays.
  • Our support staff are experienced mobile users.
    We are actually helpful and appreciate your business.
  • Just mobile devices...
    Swappa is easy to use because it's just for buying and selling mobile devices.
  • PayPal for payments...
    We use PayPal too, so you are protected.
For Buyers
Buy with Swappa »
  • No junk devices.
    No bad ESNs, no cracked screens, no water damage. Devices must be ready for activation.
  • Buy safely knowing listings are reviewed and verified by Swappa staff.
    Every listing on Swappa requires Swappa staff review and approval for buyer protection.
  • Our support staff are experienced mobile users.
    We are actually helpful and appreciate your business.
  • Just mobile devices...
    Swappa is easy to use because it's just for buying and selling mobile devices.
  • PayPal for payments...
    We use PayPal too, so you are protected.

Why use Swappa over eBay?

Swappa is a marketplace for buying and selling gently used mobile devices. Only fully functional, ready to activate Android devices are allowed (no phones with bad ESNs, water damage or cracked screens).

Swappa does not allow junk devices (e.g. no bad ESNs, no cracked screens, no water damage).

All listings on Swappa meet the following criteria (according to the Seller):

  • All devices are fully functional
  • All devices have clean ESNs (have not been reported lost or stolen) and are ready for activation
  • All devices are free of water damage and cracked glass

If you buy a device on Swappa with a bad ESN, cracked screen, or water damage then the seller has violated Swappa Terms of Use and acted fraudulently, giving you, the buyer, recourse.

The difference between Swappa and alternatives is that other services don't have any rules against selling junk devices (Swappa does). And other services don't necessarily require disclosure of damage or state of the ESN (if a seller doesn't reveal that information, then it's the buyer's responsibility to ask).

Read more about how Swappa helps protect buyers and sellers from risks...

Swappa does not charge listing fees.

Swappa only charges a fee, paid by the buyer, when a device is sold. We call it a "sale fee" and it's only $10.

If you sell a $300 device on Swappa you've likely saved $20 compared to eBay.

Your device is not considered sold until a buyer pays.

With an online auction it can happen that the winning bidder decides not follow through and pay.

If a buyer wants your device they click Buy Now and pay immediately.

Swappa listings are similar to Buy Now listings on eBay. There's no auctions and no hassle.

What others are saying about Swappa vs. eBay...

All in all, it's not unlike buying a used phone on eBay—only it takes about five seconds to find the right phone and buy it, with the knowledge that you're getting a quality product in the mail.
Whitson Gordon —reviewed Swappa for LifeHacker