About Swappa

Swappa is a user-to-user marketplace for gently used mobile devices.
Safety, simplicity, and the human factor make Swappa better.

Human-powered marketplace

  • Buy and sell directly to other Swappa users
  • No middleman means the best prices and most value
  • A community, not just a marketplace

PayPal for protections

  • Pay sellers directly using PayPal
  • Extensive buyer and seller protections
  • Get your money faster & easier

Staff approved listings

  • All listings are reviewed and approved by our expert staff
  • ESN checks and verification photos keep it legit
  • We fight fraud so you don’t have to

No junk devices

  • Only gently used, ready to activate devices allowed
  • No blacklisted or blocked devices
  • No cracked screens or water damage

No seller fees

Why would you pay to sell your device? Selling on Swappa is free. Only buyers pay a small, flat fee that is included in the sale price. This saves everyone money over eBay.
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Get paid fast

On Swappa your listing is not considered sold until you are paid. And we don’t make you wait to receive your money as a first time seller. You will have payment before you ship.
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Ever since Swappa was out to use I've been using it. It is a great site to safely buy and sell phones... When you need a new/used phone at a great price make sure Swappa ...
RandyRKellyJr , Swappa user since 2011
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Sold a Moto 360 about a year ago. Was able to get someone to buy my device immediately. Simple. Fast. Reliable. I truly recommend anyone to Buy or Sell on Swappa. Satisfaction is always Guaranteed!
Ivan R., Swappa user since 2015

The Swappa Story

Swappa was founded in 2010 by Ben Edwards, a long-time software and mobile developer.

The inspiration for Swappa sparked when Ben had trouble finding a good source for test devices for Android development projects. Turning to eBay and Craigslist proved perilous and time-wasting for buying mobile phones. Blacklisted phones, junk devices, inefficient communication, and downright fraud plagued the antiquated marketplaces.

Knowing there had to be a better way, Swappa began as a side-project to build a better marketplace for buying and selling quality mobile devices. Safety, simplicity, low fees, and the "human factor" made Swappa different then and still do to this day.

From the first Swappa sale (a Motorola Droid) to millions of dollars per month in commerce, Swappa has grown to be the ultimate mobile marketplace. We enjoy creating technology that makes it easy for people to directly sell devices to other consumers and everything we do revolves around this concept.

Quick Facts about Swappa
  • Over $4,000,000 worth of mobile devices are sold on Swappa each month (as of October 2015)
  • 2015: Over $43,000,000 worth of devices sold
  • 2014: Over $23,000,000 worth of devices sold
  • 2013: Over $7,000,000 worth of devices sold
  • 2012: Over $1,000,000 worth of devices sold
  • 2011: Over $500,000 worth of devices sold
  • 2010: Swappa launched in December 2010
Ben Edwards
Founder & CEO
Lucas F.
Director of Support & Staff
Michael Lipson
Director of Technology
Ward Johnsmeyer
Director of Business Development
Jennifer Hoyt
Director of Marketing