Amazon alternative: selling refurbished Apple products on Swappa

Amazon alternative: selling refurbished Apple products on Swappa

As part of a new deal between Apple and Amazon, in the next few weeks, only “authorized resellers” will be able to sell Apple devices on the Amazon marketplace. Amazon shared this news with affected sellers through an email, letting them know they would not be allowed to sell Apple products on Amazon after Jan. 4, 2019, without Apple’s authorization. The email to sellers states,


“As part of a new agreement with Apple, we are working with a select group of authorized resellers to offer an expanded selection of Apple and Beats products, including new releases, in Amazon’s stores. You are receiving this message because you are currently selling, or have previously sold, Apple or Beats products. Your existing offers for those products will soon be removed from Amazon’s online store in the United States.”


While this is not great news for those affected sellers, it’s not all bad. Here’s why: the Swappa marketplace is a great alternative for people looking to sell used or refurbished Apple products – and you can start listing your products today.  We welcome all resellers who have been turned away by Amazon to join the Swappa community.


If you’re unfamiliar with Swappa, we are a user-to-user marketplace for people to buy and sell their used tech. Started in 2010, Swappa began as a safer and more affordable alternative to marketplaces like Craigslist and eBay. Nearly eight years later, we have expanded our categories to include smartphones, MacBooks, iPads, video games and gaming devices, smart home tech, Apple Watches, and most recently, cameras. Swappa has proven to be a great source of income for many of our sellers. In fact, our sellers are projected to make over $90M in proceeds from selling on Swappa this year.


Here are a few reasons why you should feel confident selling Apple products on Swappa.


Lower fees, no seller fees

One of the biggest reasons for choosing Swappa to sell your Apple products is our seller fees. Unlike marketplaces like eBay — who take a 10% cut from anything you sell on their site — we do things a little different. Swappa’s fee is built right into the price of the listing and paid for by the buyer at time of purchase.

Because eBay takes the same percentage off the final sale price, the more expensive the item is you’re selling, the more eBay takes from the top. This can get extremely costly. For example, a $700 old iPhone would see eBay pocketing $70 from that sale. Meanwhile the same iPhone sold through Swappa would only be met with a reasonable $20 fee, a mere fraction of eBay’s fee. Once again, this is fee is paid for by the buyer at the time of purchase — not the seller.

The best part is there’s no downtime. You can get started selling on Swappa right away. As a first time seller, you don’t have to worry about any sort of “waiting period” and listings aren’t considered sold until you are paid. That means you’ll have payment in your account before you ship. The only thing you have to worry about is shipping the item out (just make sure the shipping price is factored into your sale price).


No junk (listing and approval process)

At Swappa, we don’t allow broken or “junk devices” to be sold in our marketplace. We do this by reviewing and manually approving all of our listings. Everything from requiring verification photos from our sellers, performing ESN checks to ensure devices aren’t carrier blacklisted, as well as providing a seller’s full sales history.

By making sure listings meet our strict criteria for compliance, we’re able to ensure that the listings that appear in our marketplace are legitimate, giving buyers the peace of mind in knowing that their money is protected. With less worrying for both parties, it makes Swappa one a safer places for both buying and selling online.


A human-powered marketplace

Have an issue? Unlike other marketplace, Swappa is human-powered, meaning a real, honest-to-goodness person is never more than a few clicks away. Report an issue and someone will be there to make sure your voice is heard, all while doing our best to resolve the issue in a timely manner. It’s something we pride ourselves in and, quite frankly, something we’re really good at.

Our community-driven marketplace also means you’ll be selling and dealing with real people already enjoying our services. With services like used device protection, accessories, Swappa is your one-stop-place-to-shop (and buy) used tech online. Listen to the thousands of 5-star reviews from our own community and see for yourself why Swappa is the best choice for selling online.


Our Apple product catalog

Looking at our vast product catalog, it’s hard to imagine Swappa first started out as a place to find great deals on used Android devices. We’ve certainly come a long way and have since expanded our product offerings to include all things Apple – MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches.


Start selling today

Whatever product you may be looking to sell, you can quickly jump right in and begin selling your stuff to Swappa’s vast community of tech-heads.

It’s one of the ways we like to set ourselves apart from the rest and it makes Swappa the smarter choice when selling your used goods online. So what are you waiting for? Tap the link below and start making some money today.


Updated on November 12, 2018 • On Apple