Technology moves fast and while diehard technophiles have no problem keeping up with new device launches, budget-minded shoppers have discovered the huge savings they get when buying gently used. Why pay the full retail price on a new iPhone, MacBook, or other piece of consumer tech, when the secondhand market is the perfect way to save — and make — money by sticking to preowned devices.
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, San Diego residents no longer have to compromise their safety or security dealing with sketchy users on Facebook or Craigslist. Today we’re excited to announce that Swappa Local is now officially available in San Diego, California.
Traditionally, San Diego residents were limited to services like Craigslist, Facebook or other yard sale apps to buy and sell their used tech. The problem is these marketplaces are filled with scammers selling everything from stolen devices, to phones that are blacklisted from working on a buyer’s wireless network. Not a fun way to shop for used tech, is it? Don’t worry. Swappa Local is looking to change all that…
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 San Diego 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 gently used iPhones in San Diego, 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 best way to buy and sell used tech in San Diego
Swappa was already seeing a significant number of transactions taking place in the San Diego area. This is why we decided to flip the switch and open up Swappa Local to our users already enjoying our services in San Diego, while welcoming new users looking for the best tech deals near them.
And just like that, Swappa users in San Diego 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 day and night. 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 North Park, a Samsung Galaxy in Little Italy, an Apple Watch in Ocean Beach, a MacBook Pro in Mission Valley, a DSLR camera in East Village, home tech in Hillcrest or video games in La Jolla — you’ll find the lowest prices when you shop for them on Swappa Local.
Swappa Local is also perfect for college students in need of some extra cash. Colleges like the University of San Diego, San Diego State University, University of California – San Diego, and National University. Swappa Local makes it easy for college students like these to find great deals on used MacBooks in San Diego and other discounted tech, 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.