How to sell your old iPhone, ahead of upcoming iPhone 5S, 5C

How to sell your old iPhone, ahead of upcoming iPhone 5S, 5C offers some of the best trade-in value for older iPhones. (

Apple has sent out invitations for a press event next week at which it will very likely announce new iPhones, so if you want to sell your old device, now is the time to do it.

The Cupertino tech giant will hold its event on Sept. 10, and some reports say the new iPhones could go on sale as early as Sept. 20. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S, a successor to the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 5C, a low-cost version of the phone that is expected to have a plastic shell and come in numerous color options.


This all means that if you want top dollar for your older Apple iPhone, you'll want to sell it as soon as possible because from here out, it will only keep losing value.

So where and how should you sell your device? Here are a few good options depending on what you're looking for.

If you want to go the safe route: Apple

If you don't want to worry about selling your device and you simply want to go with a brand you trust, then head to Apple's website and use their Reuse and Recycling program to trade in your old iPhone.

There, Apple will ask you a number of questions about your device, including what version it is, how much storage it has and the color of the gadget. You'll also have to detail how the device functions, how much damage it has, and whether or not you have all of the parts, such as the charger. Once you select which carrier your phone works with, the website will give you an estimate.

Right now, you can get $336 in Apple credit for an AT&T 16 GB iPhone 5.

If you choose to sell your phone, you'll receive a package so you can ship it, and later on, you will get a gift card that can be used at Apple's online and retail stores.

If you want the most money possible:

For top dollar, you'll want to go with There, iPhone owners can list their device and get more cash back than they can from other websites. will ask sellers whether everything still works properly on their device, how much damage it has, and whether or not they will include a charger. For a Verizon 16 GB iPhone 5, sellers can currently get as much as $364.68.

Once another user chooses to buy the device, will give the seller two days to ship the iPhone. offers the most cash back, but if you choose to list with the website, make sure you understand there is no guarantee anyone will decide to buy your device.

If you want the most value possible: GameStop

Advertisement offers the most cash, but you can get more value by way of store credit if you trade in at GameStop.

According to its online trade-in calculator, GameStop will offer sellers $400 of in-store credit for AT&T and Verizon versions of the 16 GB iPhone 5. To get that price, the device must be like new -- meaning everything works and the device looks as thought it is "right out of the box" -- and come with its charger.

Sellers must use GameStop's trade-in calculator to get and print their quote. After that, they must take the quote and the device to one of GameStop's retail stores in order to get their store credit.

If you're a gamer, this is a trade-in option worth considering.

If you want to keep your phone as long as possible:

The new iPhones will probably be unveiled next week, but they might not be available for sale until Sept. 20. So if you want to sell now but avoid being left stranded without a smartphone, you should go with

There, sellers can lock down a quote for their device that will be guaranteed for 30 days. That means you can sell your iPhone for how much it's worth now and keep it until after you get your new device.

The website will send sellers a shipping label that they can use to send off their device within 30 days of locking down their quote. will ask sellers whether the device still works and if the screen is cracked. Right now, you can get $340 for a 16 GB iPhone for AT&T.


Depeding on your device and its condition, prices will vary, so make sure you look around before selling your gadget.

Besides the websites above, you may also want to consider trading your device in with, Best Buy, RadioShack, and You can also sell on Craigslist or EBay and possibly get more money back, but those websites will require you to be much more active as a seller.