San Francisco is one of the most famous and recognizable cities in the US. A global center of the sciences, you’ll find a plethora of tech companies calling San Francisco home. Everything from Uber to Yelp, Airbnb, Twitter, and Craigslist, with tech giants Google, Apple, and Facebook located just south of the Golden City. With soaring rent prices hitting an all-time high, many Bay Area residents are looking for new ways to save (and make) money.
The secondhand market is a great way to find deals on hot items like cellphones and although Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are some of the more popular online services, most people are also familiar with their complete lack of safety features. Without any sort of marketplace moderation, these services — and the people using them — frequently find themselves the targets of fraud, with bogus listings or scammers attempting to sell lost, stolen, or broken devices.
The good news is Bay Area residents no longer have to risk their hard-earned money in hopes of find a good deal on used tech. Today we’re excited to announce that Swappa Local is now officially available in San Francisco, California.
Whether you’re searching for the best deals on newish tech or trying to upgrade your old iPhone by selling it off, Swappa Local is changing the way people think of traditional local marketplaces. Keep reading to find out why Swappa Local is, hands down, the best way to buy and sell used tech in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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 365 days a year to answer any questions or concerns. With Swappa Local you always get the best deals on newish devices, like used iPhones in the San Francisco Bay Area, without having to pay full retail prices.
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 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 detailed post comparing Swappa vs OfferUp vs Letgo.
Swappa Local is the best place to buy and sell used phones in San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco is the latest city to join Swappa Local’s nationwide rollout, following the launch of 3 major markets across Florida just last month. Home to over 884,00 people, Swappa’s online-only marketplace was seeing a significant number of transactions taking place in the 415 area. The next move for us was opening up our local marketplace for our users in San Francisco, while welcoming new users in search of the best tech deals near them.
Swappa Local is also a perfect fit for San Francisco college students who may find themselves strapped for cash. Colleges like San Francisco State University (SFSU), University of San Francisco (USF), City College of San Francisco, or the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Swappa Local makes it easy for college students of all types to find great deals on used MacBooks in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as other school tech — all priced significantly lower than retail.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap iPhone in Haight-Ashbury, a Samsung Galaxy in North Beach, an Apple Watch in Castro, a MacBook Pro in Pacific Heights, a DSLR camera in Nob Hill, home tech or video games in Union Square — 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, MacBook or 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 believe none are as safe and reliable as Swappa. So don’t risk your hard-earned money buying a sketchy cell phone on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. With Swappa Local, you can trust the tech you buy. Get started by hitting the button below.