Swappa Local is now available in Chicago, Illinois

Swappa Local is now available in Chicago, Illinois

The windy city is home to 2.7 million people and is the third most populous city in the United States. Located on the southern end of Lake Michigan, Chicago attracts people for its art, entertainment and career and educational opportunities. With universities like Northwestern, University of Chicago and Wheaton College, Chicago is one of the major hubs for college students.

The variety of opportunity in Chicago is vast – but when it comes to buying and selling used tech, the options aren’t as diverse as the city itself. In the past, you could buy and sell used stuff with Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist but these services do virtually nothing to review the device you’re buying.

For Chicagoans looking for a safer way to buy and sell their used tech, we have great news. We are thrilled to announce that Swappa Local is now officially available in Chicago, Illinois.


Whether you’re looking to get rid of that old iPhone or find the best deals by shopping for newish tech, Swappa Local is changing the way people think of local marketplaces. Keep reading to find out why Swappa Local is hands down the best way to deal directly with local buyers and sellers in Chicago.

What is Swappa Local?

Swappa online-only marketplace has been around since 2010, offering a safer alternative to sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. This has to do with our strict ‘no junk’ policy that requires all devices be fully functional and ready for activation. Our staff manually approves each listing before it goes live in our marketplace, and we perform background checks on used phones to ensure they haven’t been reported lost/stolen.

Swappa Local is built upon this same foundation of safety and support, only now we provide Swappa users with the ability to meetup for local transactions. Whether an item is available for shipping or pickup, Swappa users can rest easy knowing the devices they’re shopping for are clean and our support team is available 24/7, 365 to answer any questions or concerns. With Swappa Local, you always get the best deals on newish devices like used iPhones in Chicago without paying full retail.

Swappa Local highlights:

  • No shipping charges
  • Get your used tech fast
  • No junk, broken, or blocklisted devices
  • Trusted community of buyers and sellers
  • Swappa-approved swap spots for safer meetups
  • 24/7 support, 365 days a year
  • Trust the tech you buy

Swappa vs other online marketplaces

Other online marketplaces more closely resemble device junkyards, filled with broken or iCloud locked devices that are sold by completely anonymous (and sometimes even fraudulent) users. This is because they offer little-to-no moderation and do virtually nothing to actually verify listings and make sure a listing is legitimate.  

While competing services have become breeding grounds for fraud and scammers, Swappa Local allows buyers to trust the tech they’re buying. This makes Swappa Local the best — and most logical — choice for buying and selling used tech in your local community.

Whether it’s our photo verification system or background checks we perform on used phones, there are plenty of reasons to buy your next device on Swappa Local. For more on how Swappa Local stacks up against the other guys, check out our more in-depth post comparing Swappa vs OfferUp vs Letgo.

The best way to buy and sell used tech in Chicago

Chicago is the latest city to join Swappa Local’s nationwide rollout, following the launch of 16+ cities just a few weeks ago. As one of the biggest cities in the U.S., Swappa’s online-only marketplace was already seeing a significant number of transactions taking place in the Chicago area. The next logical step was opening up our local marketplace for these users already enjoying our services in Chicago, while welcoming a whole new subset of users looking for tech deals nearby.

Swappa Local is also perfect for Chicago college students who may find themselves strapped for cash. Students from colleges like Northwestern and University of Chicago now have a better way to buy and sell tech. Swappa Local makes it easy for college students to find great deals on discounted tech like used MacBooks online or used MacBooks in Chicago.


That just about covers it. We look forward to hearing about all the connections and Swappa Local meetups taking place in Chicago.

Now don’t waste anymore time. Get started shopping the best tech deals in your area — or making money from your old devices — by hitting the button below. Happy shopping!


Best phone repair shops in Chicago, IL

Broken iPhone X screen on top of MacBook Pro 13-inch

There’s a good chance that if you’re shopping around for a new or used cell phone, it’s because your current one is cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged. While Swappa Local is a great way to find deals on cheap phones in your area, you may find it more worthwhile to simply repair your existing phone. No matter which route you decide to go — Swappa has you covered.

We’ve put together a collection of the best phone repair shops in and around the Chicago area, whether you’re dealing with a cracked iPhone screen, water damage, or a bad battery, the Swappa Repair Network provides you with easy access to trained professionals standing by to fix your phone. The Swappa Repair Network lets you can shop, compare, and quickly find phone repair services near Chicago, all of which offer a minimum 30-day warranty, so you can rest assured that your phone will be good as new.

Whether it’s buying a gently used phone in our marketplace, shopping for the best deals on new phones or phone plans, or repairing your current phone to like-new condition, Swappa’s goal remains the same: do everything in our power to help save you time and money. For more on phone repair services in Chicago, check out the revamped Swappa Repair Network finder by hitting the button below.