Swappa was created to fight fraud the best way we know how, with real people. Buyers and sellers communicate directly with support from our expert staff. We built the site we wanted to use and it shows.
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.