Technology moves fast. With newer, more feature rich smartphones being released every year, ever-increasing prices have also followed suit. But not everyone needs the latest and greatest to be satisfied with their tech, sometimes a fully capable older model will suffice.
Tampa Bay residents looking to find a great deal or make a little extra side money buying or selling used tech no longer have to compromise their safety or security using services like Craigslist or Facebook. Today we’re excited to announce that Swappa Local is now officially available in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Smartphones are becoming more popular with every passing year and buying used is a great way to save a lot of cash. But before you fork over your money on a used model, there’s a few things you should know beforehand.
Much like a preowned car, phones have a history attached to them. If they’ve been reported lost or stolen, (or even still being financed), any of these things can prevent the device from being activated by your wireless provider. While this is a growing concern for bargain shoppers using yard sale apps and marketplaces, Swappa Local is doing things differently…
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 the Tampa area 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 devices, like gently used iPhones in Tampa Bay, without having to pay the full retail price.
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, there are plenty of reasons to buy your next device on Swappa Local. For more on how Swappa Local stacks up against yard sale apps, check out our blog post comparing Swappa vs OfferUp vs Letgo.
Swappa is the way to buy and sell used tech in Tampa Bay
Swappa was already seeing numerous online-only transactions taking place in the Tampa Bay area. This is why it only made sense to open up Swappa Local to our users already enjoying our services in Tampa, while welcoming new shoppers looking for the best tech deals near them.
And just like that, Swappa users in Tampa Bay 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, and 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 Downtown Tampa, a Samsung Galaxy in Fish Hawk, an Apple Watch in West Chase, a MacBook Pro in Wesley Chapel, a DSLR camera in Keystone, home tech or video games in Pebble Creek — you’ll find the lowest prices when you buy them gently used on Swappa.
Swappa Local is also perfect for Florida college students in need of some extra cash. Colleges like the University of Tampa, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg, and Eckerd College. Swappa Local makes it easy for college students on a budget to find great deals on used MacBooks in Tampa Bay and other discounted tech for school, all priced significantly lower than retail.
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.