Situated down near the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is the most populated city in Texas and one of the largest in the US. A bustling city on the cutting edge of technology, traffic aside, it’s a great place to live. Whether you’re looking to spend time in the lush parks of Discovery Green, educating yourself at Space Center Houston, enjoying the show at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, shopping at the Galleria Mall, or having some fun in the sun at Sylvan Beach — there’s a reason why 2.3 million have made Houston their home.
Unfortunately, options for buying and selling used tech aren’t quite as diverse as The Bayou City itself. Of course, you have the usual players (Craigslist and Facebook, for instance), but Houstonians looking for a safer options no longer have to risk their money using potentially unsafe marketplaces or yard sale apps. Today we’re ready to announce that Swappa Local is now officially available in Houston, Texas.
Technology moves at a blistering fast pace and when it comes to smartphones, some may find it more beneficial to stay a generation or two behind the latest release cycle. Rather than spending the full retail price on a new iPhone, MacBook, or other piece of consumer tech, the secondhand market is a great way to save — and make — money by shopping gently used.
When it comes to finding the best deals on used tech, or make some extra side money from the stuff you’re no longer using, Houston residents no longer have to compromise their safety or security dealing with sketchy users on Facebook or Craigslist. This is why we’re introducing Swappa Local in Houston.
What is Swappa Local?
Swappa’s online marketplace has been around since 2010, offering a safer alternative to Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and others. 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 listing before it goes live in our marketplace, as well as performing background checks on used phones to ensure they haven’t been reported lost, stolen, or iCloud-locked.
Swappa Local is built upon this same foundation of safety and support, only now we provide users with the ability to meetup for local transactions. Whether an item is available for shipping or pickup, Swappa users in Houston can rest easy knowing the devices they’re shopping for are legitimate and our support team is available 24/7, 365 to answer any questions or concerns along the way. With Swappa Local you always get the best deals on newish devices — like used iPhones in Houston — priced significantly lower than their retail counterparts.
Swappa Local highlights:
- Local buyers means no shipping charges
- Get your newly purchased items fast
- No junk, broken, or blacklisted 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 simply can’t compare to the reliability or peace of mind Swappa Local offers. Even the most popular yard sale apps often times look more like device junkyards, filled with non-functional and/or iCloud locked devices sold by anonymous (and sometimes even fraudulent) users. These other services do little to verify the legitimacy of their listings, instead opting for a more hands-off approach to their marketplaces.
Unfortunately, this is great news for scammers who have seized the opportunity. Because other marketplaces do little in terms of policing, they have become a breeding ground for fraud. It’s not exactly a great environment for honest buyers looking to spend their money. Swappa Local allows buyers to actually trust the tech they’re buying. This is why Swappa Local is the best — and safest — choice for finding the best tech deals near you, or selling off old items for extra cash.
Whether it’s our photo verification system or background checks we perform on used phones, Swappa Local is safe and reliable. Whether you’re looking to buy a used iPhone in Houston, used MacBook, or anything in between, Swappa’s commitment to safety is unmatched. For more on how Swappa Local compares to popular yard sale apps, check out our blog post comparing Swappa vs OfferUp vs Letgo.
Swappa is the best way to buy and sell used tech in Houston
Swappa was already seeing numerous online-only transactions taking place in the Houston area. This is why it only made sense to open up Swappa Local to our users already enjoying our services in H-Town, while welcoming new shoppers looking for the best tech deals near them.
And just like that, Swappa users in the 713 now have access to a safer marketplace, one that isn’t plagued with scammers or non-functional, iCloud-locked devices. Swappa’s Local marketplace is actively monitored by our support staff 24/7, 365 days a year. 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.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap iPhone in Memorial, a Samsung Galaxy in Clear Lake, an Apple Watch in Midtown, a used MacBook Pro in Montrose, a DSLR camera in Downtown Houston, home tech in Woodland Heights or video games in River Oaks — you’ll find the lowest prices when you buy them gently used on Swappa.
Swappa Local is also perfect for Texas college students in need of some extra cash. Colleges like the University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Texas Southern University, and Houston Community College. Swappa Local makes it easy for college students to find deals on used MacBooks in Houston, iPads and more, all priced significantly lower than retail.
Swappa Local allows you to trust the tech you buy while simultaneously saving time, money, and getting more for your used tech. What’s not to love? Get started shopping the best tech deals in your area or making money from your old devices by hitting the button below.