Swappa is Hiring a Web Developer

November 11th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

Swappa is a growing marketplace for buying and selling mobile devices: http://swappa.com/

Swappa is hiring a Remote Web Developer to join our small development team. The right candidate will be an effective developer with good communication skills and experience with Python, Django, jQuery, and preferably Bootstrap. This position will begin as part-time and hopefully transition to full-time if a good fit.

Our ideal developer will meet the following expectations:

  • Work independently, but never afraid to ask for help and/or opinions
  • Develop new site features, end-to-end: from front-end HTML to Django code to database models and migrations
  • Communicate ideas and design decisions to the team
  • Comfortable with quick development lifecycles
  • Willingness to work on new projects as well as maintenance of existing features
  • Values simplicity and good user experience

Technology / skill requirements:

  • Python / Django (required)
  • JavaScript / jQuery (required)
  • HTML + CSS (required), Bootstrap (preferred)
  • Source control (required), Subversion (preferred)
  • Django database migrations (required), South (preferred)
  • Amazon Web Services (preferred)

Other requirements:

  • Develop public-facing websites (and can provide examples)
  • Comfortable with database migrations (preferably using South)
  • Excellent communication skills (English)
  • 18 years or older

If you’re qualified and interested, please start the application process here:
https://swappa.wufoo.com/forms/swappa-web-dev-app/

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Veteran’s Day

November 11th, 2014 by Brock Hatfield No comments »

American FlagI, myself, am a Veteran. So when I was asked to write this post for Swappa I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what kind of grand words I could write. Then it dawned on me that straight and to the point, mission completion, is the military way to do things. So here it is:

To every soldier out there who seeks to defend, or who has already defended, their homeland for the safety of their family and people, thank you! You enable the rest of us to enjoy so much through your sacrifice and hard work. We truly cannot extend enough gratitude. Swappa salutes you!

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Swappa Monthly Report: October 2014

November 5th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

The Top 5

The top-selling devices for the month of September on Swappa:

  1. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sale price: $392
  2. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sale price: $284
  3. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sale price: $356
  4. OnePlus One (Unlocked) average sale price: $369
  5. Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon) average sale price: $253

You can definitely tell people are continuing to upgrade their iPhones, and Nexus users are preparing for the arrival of the Nexus 6. The Nexus 5 appears to have steady staying power as the average price has only dropped a dollar from last month when it came in at number three on our top sellers.

Upcoming Releases

If you’ve been eyeing a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now is the time to buy as the release of the Note 4 has cut prices for the previous model. Check out deals here for VerizonT-MobileSprint, or AT&T

If you love the DROID brand, but aren’t ready to make the jump to the new Turbo, be sure to check out deals on last season’s here: Droid

With the release of Google’s new additions to the Nexus series at much higher than expected price points, the market value of last year’s iterations are holding steady, so be sure to get a listing created if you want to get your used Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 sold. Remember Swappa is the best place to sell your old phone, here’s why.

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Swappa Monthly Report: September 2014

October 2nd, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

The Top 5

The top-selling devices for the month of September on Swappa:

  1. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sale price: $414
  2. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sale price: $380
  3. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sale price: $285
  4. Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon) average sale price: $92
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sale price: $252

Due to the September launch of Apples two new iterations of the iPhone line we’re seeing a iPhones overtake Android devices 3:2 on our top 5 bestsellers. People are definitely taking advantage of the decreased prices of the iPhone 5S.

Upcoming Releases

If you’ve been eyeing a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but haven’t yet found the prices attractive, now may be the time to subscribe to that section as the imminent release of the Note 4 is sure to bring about lots of good deals on last year’s model. Check out deals here for Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or AT&T

If you’re on Verizon, we have it on good authority that there will be a new “Droid” branded phone so be sure to check out deals on last season’s here: Droid

We’ve also been teased for quite some time about the upcoming HTC Nexus 9 tablet and more recently with leaked images and mock-ups of the Motorola “Shamu” Nexus 6, so be sure to get a listing created if you want to get your used Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 sold before the new devices are released. Remember Swappa is the best place to sell your old phone, here’s why.

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Swappa is Hiring Moderators Again!

September 10th, 2014 by Lucas Freeman No comments »

Update, we have closed the application form after an amazing response. Thank you to everyone who applied. We’ll be in touch soon…


Swappa is hiring again! We’re looking for two part-time moderators to join our growing team. This is a part-time, work-from-wherever job with modest pay. This is supplemental work or a great opportunity for a college student, for instance.

The Positions

The two positions we are hiring for (“Weekdays” and “Weekends”) have different requirements. Please see descriptions below…

“Weekdays” Position

For the “Weekdays” position we are looking for someone who can work Monday through Friday, 3-4 hours per day. The ideal time slot will be around 1:00 – 5:00 PM eastern time (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM pacific time). These times may vary slightly.

“Weekends” Position

For the “Weekends” position we need someone who can work mostly weekends, including Friday evening, starting with 15+ hours per week. An example of time slots may be a 3-4 hours on Friday evening, 6-8 hours on Saturday, 4-5 hours on Sunday. And maybe one other shift sometime during the week (flexible).

The Work

The primary goal of a Swappa Moderator is to help keep Swappa a safe and easy place to buy and sell mobile devices. Our moderators provide help and guidance to buyers and sellers, and prevents potential scammers. This is accomplished by monitoring and reviewing Swappa listings, comments, events, and responding to users and situations in a timely and helpful manner.

Requirements and preferences:

  • Willing to start working 15+ hours per week
  • Willing to work 4+ days per week
  • Some customer service or moderation experience, or community / forum involvement
  • Good communication skills, including spelling and written English
  • Basic understanding of cell phone carriers and technology
  • Patient and friendly
  • Reliability is very important
  • You must be 18 years or older to apply

Note: Swappa runs 24 / 7 / 365. So does our moderation team. This means we work on holidays. If you can’t / won’t work most holidays (that fall on your normal shift days) then this job probably isn’t a good fit.

Interested?

If interested, please provide the following:

Fill out my online form.

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Swappa Monthly Report: August 2014

September 5th, 2014 by Lucas Freeman No comments »

The Top 5

The top-selling devices for the month of August on Swappa:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sell price: $266 (was $275)
  2. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sell price: $502 (was $529)
  3. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sell price: $305 (was $316)
  4. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sell price: $419 (was $450)
  5. OnePlus One (Unlocked) average sell price: $405

August mirrors last month with one exception, the OnePlus One (Unlocked) has knocked the Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) off our top list despite having limited availability due to the invite system. The list is now mostly dominated by android devices!

Upcoming Releases

Exciting things are coming down the pike. Motorola will be releasing the New Moto X, the Moto 360, and the Moto G. Apple’s yearly announcement is closing in with a new iPhone to boot. Last but not least, Google will announce the next iteration of the Nexus line, Praise Duarte!

If you plan to upgrade in the near future, remember Swappa is the best place to sell your old phone, here’s why.

 

 

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Using Imgur.com For Boneyard And Sale Images

August 22nd, 2014 by Brock Hatfield No comments »

imgur_albumThere are two places on Swappa you will almost certainly need to use photos uploaded to imgur.com for.  Swappa’s Boneyard uses them exclusively for listing photos and you may also need to provide some photos on Swappa’s sale pages. Here are instructions for creating an album who’s link you can then use to provide photos on Swappa.

  1. Go here: http://imgur.com/
  2. Click “upload images”
  3. Click “Browse computer”
  4. Select a few images
  5. Click “create album”
  6. Click “Start Upload”
  7. Take the URL of the album created by imgur and copy it from your address bar and paste it in the “Imgur Album URL” field for your Boneyard post or into the comment on the sale page.

 

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July 2014 New Device Roll-up

August 8th, 2014 by Brock Hatfield No comments »

July was a bang up month for new devices thanks in large part to Amazon and Blu. Of particular note is the addition of Google Glass. You’re seeing growth from last months rollup and we don’t see any signs of a slow down.

Amazon Kindle 4 Amazon
Amazon Kindle 5 Amazon
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Amazon
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 Amazon
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 3G Amazon
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G Amazon
Amazon Kindle Touch Amazon
Amazon Kindle Touch 3G Amazon
Asus Padfone X AT&T
Asus Zenfone 6 Unlocked
BlackBerry Bold 9650 Sprint
BlackBerry Curve 8530 Boost
BlackBerry Curve 8530 Sprint
BlackBerry Curve 8530 US Cellular
BlackBerry Curve 8530 Verizon
Blu Advance 4.0 Unlocked
Blu Amour Unlocked
Blu Amour Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Dash 4.0 Unlocked
Blu Dash 4.0 Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Dash 4.0 Music Unlocked
Blu Dash 4.0 Music Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Dash 4.5 Unlocked
Blu Dash 4.5 Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Dash 5.0 Unlocked
Blu Dash 5.0 Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Dash Jr Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Life 8 Unlocked
Blu Life One Unlocked
Blu Life Play S Unlocked
Blu Life Pro Unlocked
Blu Life Pure XL(l260l) Unlocked
Blu Life Pure XL(l259l) Unlocked
Blu Life View Unlocked
Blu Life View Tab Unlocked
Blu Neo 3.5 Unlocked
Blu Neo 4.5 Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.0 Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.0 Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.0 S Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.0 S Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.0 S II Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.0 S LTE Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.3 S Unlocked
Blu Studio 5.3 S Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Studio 6.0 HD Unlocked
Blu Tank 4.5 Unlocked
Blu Tank 4.5 Dual SIM Unlocked
Blu Vivo 4.8 HD Unlocked
Blu VIVO IV Unlocked
Dell Venue 7 Unlocked
Dell Venue 7 Wi-Fi
Google Glass Wearable
HP Slate 7 Extreme Wi-Fi
HTC Desire 700 Dual SIM Unlocked
HTC Desire 816 Unlocked
Huawei Premia 4G Metro PCS
Jolla Jolla Unlocked
Kyocera Hydro XTRM T-Mobile
LG Optimus L5 II Unlocked
LG Optimus L9 II T-Mobile
Martian Notifier Smart Watch
Moto E Unlocked
Nokia Lumia 1320 CricKet
Nokia Lumia 630 CricKet
Nokia Lumia 635 T-Mobile
Nokia Lumia 930 Unlocked
Samsung Galaxy S 5 LTE-A Unlocked
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Verizon
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Wi-Fi
Vea Buddy Bluetooth Watch Smart Watch

Of course if you don’t see your device on this list and you run a search on the site and still can’t find it, please email us at help@swappa.com to see if we can add your device to Swappa. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Swappa Monthly Report: July 2014

August 6th, 2014 by Lucas Freeman No comments »

The Top 5

The top-selling devices for the month of July on Swappa:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sell price: $275 (was $280)
  2. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sell price: $529 (was $528)
  3. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sell price: $316
  4. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sell price: $450 (was $458)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) average sell price: $170 (was $176)

For several months the Samsung Galaxy S 4 from Verizon has dominated the top 5 list. This continued to be the trend in July. The LG Nexus 5 took 3rd, knocking the Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon) completely off the list.

July was a milestone month for Swappa. In July over $2 million worth of mobile devices have been bought and sold on Swappa!

 

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Milestone: $2 Million

July 30th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

July has been a milestone month for Swappa. In July over $2 million worth of mobile devices have been bought and sold on Swappa.

See why people are choosing Swappa over eBay: http://swappa.com

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