It’s been a busy summer here at Swappa HQ. Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to launch Swappa Local — our all new local buying option — in new cities across the country. From Los Angeles to New York, and 3 major cities in Florida, Swappa Local is the safest way to shop for the best tech deals in your neighborhood. And we’re still trucking.
For the next stop in Swappa Local’s nationwide tour, we’re now ready to make our big introduction in Ohio, launching in three new markets across The Buckeye State. That’s right. Today we’re officially inviting Ohio residents in Columbus, Cleveland / Akron, and Cincinnati to come experience a better way of buying and selling used tech in their local communities.
Before Swappa Local, buying and selling used tech in Ohio had too many risks involved. While services like Facebook and Craigslist are great for selling old baby cribs and coffee tables, they aren’t exactly known for their safety, especially when it comes to used phones for sale.
It may not be common knowledge, but smartphones have a serial number attached to each device that leaves the factory. When a phone has been reported lost or stolen, wireless carriers will put the device on a universal blocklist that prevents it from being activated with a new carrier. This is how scammers take advantage of good people looking for an honest deal, as a blocklisted device often times isn’t discovered until it’s too late.
Fortunately for all of our friends in Ohio, Swappa Local’s marketplace is much different…
What is Swappa Local?
Swappa has been around since 2010, offering a safer alternative to Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and other garage sale apps. On Swappa, sellers are required to adhere to our strict ‘no junk’ policy which requires all devices be fully functional and ready for activation. Swappa staff also manually approves each device before the listing goes live in our marketplace, as well as performing checks on used phones to ensure they haven’t been reported lost, stolen, and aren’t still being financed.
Swappa Local is built upon this same foundation of safety and support, only now we’re providing our 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 legitimate and our support team is available 365 days a year to answer any questions or concerns along the way. With Swappa Local, you always get the best deals on newish tech used iPhones in Columbus without having to pay full MSRP.
Swappa Local highlights:
- Local buyers means no shipping charges
- Get your newly purchased items fast
- No junk, broken, or blocklisted devices
- Trusted community of buyers and sellers
- Swappa-approved swap spots for safe meetups
- 24/7 support, 365 days a year
- Swappa Local allows you to 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. Simply put, Swappa Local is a safer marketplace, one that isn’t plagued with non-functional or iCloud-locked devices. Our marketplace is actively monitored by our support staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When we’re not manually verifying listings, our support team is answering questions, resolving issues, and verifying the status of every phone sold in our marketplace. This makes Swappa Local the best — and most logical — choice for buying and selling used tech in your local community.
As you can see, 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 detailed post comparing Swappa vs OfferUp vs Letgo.
The best way to buy & sell used phones in Ohio
Home to over 1.5 million people, Swappa’s online-only marketplace already sees a significant number of transactions taking place in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. The next move was to introduce a safer local marketplace option for our users already using Swappa in Ohio, while welcoming new users in search of the best tech deals near them.
Swappa Local is perfect for Ohio college students who may find themselves in need of extra cash or affordable tech. Colleges like the Ohio State University, Franklin University, Notre Dame College, Cleveland State University, or the University of Cincinnati. Swappa Local also makes it easy for college students to find great deals on discounted tech like used MacBooks in Columbus, or iPads that are far cheaper than their new retail counterparts.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap iPhone in Franklin County, a Samsung Galaxy in Fairfield County, an Apple Watch in Delaware County, a MacBook Pro in Cuyahoga County, or a DSLR camera in Hamilton County — you’ll find the lowest prices when buying them gently used on Swappa.
At Swappa, we don’t believe anyone should be forced to pay full retail on a new iPhone, Google Pixel, MacBook, Chromebook or any other piece of consumer tech. Whether you’re looking to save money on a new purchase — or make some extra cash by selling stuff you’re no longer using — the Swappa Local is a great way to both save and make money.
We know there are other services out there for buying and selling used tech, but we firmly believe none are as safe or reliable as Swappa. So don’t risk your hard-earned money buying a sketchy cell phone on Craigslist, Facebook, or garage sale apps. With Swappa Local, you can trust the tech you buy.