Our Listing Review and Approval Process - Part 1 of 2

One thing that separates Swappa from other marketplaces is our thorough listing review and approval process. We wanted to take this opportunity to explain how we go about evaluating each listing for approval, and what goes into each decision.  We have more checks in place to protect both the buyer and the seller than any other site.  Are we p...

Swappa Monthly Report: January 2014

This is the January 2014 edition of the Swappa Monthly Report. Without further ado... The Top 5 The top-selling devices for the month of January on Swappa: Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) - average sale price: $368 (was $386) Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $366 (was $389) Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon) - average sale price: $219...

Site Redesign Launched January 31

On January 31 we launched a major redesign of the Swappa website: http://swappa.com The primary goal of the redesign is actually to improve the mobile browsing experience. The old version of the site had completely separate experiences for standard vs. mobile browsing. Besides being an inconsistent experience for the user, which we didn't lik...

Intro To Taking Great Verification Photos

  First we need to understand the purpose and the goals of verification photos. Verification photos and "additional verification" photos serve two purposes. First is to show off the device to prospective buyers. The second purpose is to help staff verify the quality of the device and by extension the credibility of the seller. ...

Swappa Monthly Report: December 2013

This is the December 2013 edition of the Swappa Monthly Report. Without further ado... The Top 5 The top-selling devices for the month of December on Swappa: Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) - average sale price: $386 Nexus 4 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $219 Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $389 Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon...

Updated: Checklist for sending a device sold on Swappa

Swappa makes it easy to list and sell your gently used mobile device, but it's up to you as the seller to help ensure a successful sale. Use these tips to help prepare the device for a new owner and ship it there safely. Before Shipping - Prepare the Device for  a New Owner Deactivate the device, if necessary Clean the device exte...

Swappa Monthly Report: November 2013

This post is a little overdue, but something we want to start doing every month to show what's going on the land of Swappa. So without further ado, here is our first Swappa Monthly Report for November 2013. Top-selling devices for the last 30 days: Nexus 4 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $219 Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $4...

Factory Data Reset your Android Device Before Sale

Before you sell your Android device on Swappa you'll want to ensure you do a Factory Data Reset and remove Google's Device Protections from the device. A Factory Data Reset should be done on all Android devices before you ship. And if your device is running Lollipop (Android 5.1) or later you’ll also need to ensure you remove Google’s Device pr...

What is a "Rooted" Android Device?

Oh Android, how we love thee. Riddled with endless customization,  tons of apps, and a sea of possibilities. However, in such a vast array of capabilities lies many questions. One common question that many have when it comes their Android device is about rooting. Rooting an Android device is one of the most crucial necessities for an Android...