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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Buy and sell Google Glass on Swappa

July 29th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

You can now buy and sell Google Glass on Swappa:

http://swappa.com/buy/google-glass

google-glass

We are aware that the Terms of Use for Google Glass state the following:

“If you resell, rent, lease, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the Device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the Device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”

Found here: http://www.google.com/glass/termsofuse/

Google has also made it clear though that they are not deactivating anyone’s sold Glass and do not plan to:

Q. Is it OK for Explorers to try and sell their devices online?  Will you disable the devices if they do this?
A: The Explorer program is about taking Glass out in the world and seeing what’s possible with the technology. We hope our Explorers are excited to do just that.  While it’s against our terms of service to sell your device, we don’t plan on disabling any Explorer’s device.

Found here: https://sites.google.com/site/glasscomms/faqs

Swappa is just a marketplace helping to facilitate sales; we don’t operate under Google’s Terms of Use for Glass. As long as it is legal to buy and sell Glass (it is) and there is no unreasonable risk, then we do not wish to prevent the sale. (Also, listings for Glass have been on eBay and Craigslist for quite a long time.)

If we can help someone who bought Glass recover some money by re-selling without ridiculous eBay fees, or help someone explore Glass who can’t afford a brand new unit, then we’re happy for Swappa to provide a safe place for that transaction.

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Swappa Monthly Report: June 2014

July 7th, 2014 by Lucas Freeman No comments »

The Top 5

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

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sell price: $280 (was $293)
  2. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sell price: $528 (was $542)
  3. Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) average sell price: $176
  4. Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon) average sell price: $107 (was $111)
  5. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sell price: $458 (was $482)

Once again #1 for this month was the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon), which has been at the top spot for several months. The Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) has joined the top 5 list this month, not to be outdone by the older sibling, Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon). The Nexus 5 (Unlocked) was kicked off the Top 5 due to this. This leaves only one android device on our list. Like we mentioned last month, Overall, Android devices dominate the marketplace, the sales numbers are just much more widely distributed over many different models and choices.

The Swappa Boneyard

We have now launched the Boneyard! The Boneyard is for buying and selling mobile items not eligible for sale in Swappa’s primary marketplace. If it’s related to mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, and wearables) and legal, you can probably buy and sell it on the Boneyard.

You can learn more about the Swappa Boneyard here or see our blog announcement here. We will continue to improve the Boneyard in the coming months.

Swappa Boneyard

 

 

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June 2014 New Device Roll-up

July 1st, 2014 by Brock Hatfield No comments »

Wow! June just flew by didn’t it? We had some big device releases, Google I/O and a slew of new users looking to sell their various devices. Our device categories grew substantially. Below you’ll find all the new devices added to Swappa in June. What a great month!

Acer Iconia Tab 8 Wi-Fi
Amazon Fire Phone AT&T
Asus Portable AiO Wi-Fi
Blackberry Bold 9650 Verizon
Lenovo Ideatab Miix 10 Wi-Fi
Lenovo Miix2 Wi-Fi
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10+ Wi-Fi
LG G Watch Smart Watch
LG G3 Unlocked
LG G3 (model f400) Unlocked
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Wi-Fi
Motorola FLIPSIDE AT&T
OnePlus One Unlocked
Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active AT&T
Samsung Galaxy S Relay T-Mobile
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Wi-Fi
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G Unlocked
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 LTE Unlocked
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Wi-Fi
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Wi-Fi
Samsung Gear Live 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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Introducing the Boneyard

June 20th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

Introducing the Boneyard, for buying and selling all (other) things mobile, including broken phones, flashed phones, parts and accessories.

http://swappa.com/boneyard

Swappa’s primary marketplace is for buying and selling fully functional, ready to activate mobile devices.

The Boneyard is for buying and selling mobile items not eligible for sale in Swappa’s primary marketplace. If it’s related to mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, and wearables) and legal you can probably buy and sell it on the Boneyard.

Examples of items allowed to be sold in the Boneyard:

  • Buy / sell a phone or tablet with a cracked screen and/or water damage in the Damaged Devices section.
  • Buy / sell replacement parts for an iPhone 5 in the Parts & Accessories section.
  • Buy / sell a case and sd card for a mobile device in the Parts & Accessories section.
  • Buy / sell a phone flashed for a pre-paid carrier such as CricKet or Page Plus in the Flashed Phones section.
  • Buy / sell a portable Wi-Fi hotspot such as Verizon Jetpack or Sprint Mi-Fi in the Other Devices section.
  • Buy / sell an old feature phone or flip-phone in the Other Devices section.

Examples of items NOT allowed to be sold in the Boneyard:

  • No lost or stolen devices on Boneyard.

Please note: Swappa is dedicated to making the Boneyard a safe place to buy and sell, but Swappa does not review and approve all Boneyard posts.

Read more here:

Thanks for using Swappa!

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