Swappa is hiring Remote Web Developer

February 5th, 2015 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), GitHub (required)
  • 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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Swappa Monthly Report: January 2015

February 2nd, 2015 by Tony McAfee No comments »

The Top 5

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

  1. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sale price: $342
  2. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sale price: $275
  3. Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon) average sale price: $211
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sale price: $222
  5. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sale price: $325

The exact same devices on the top 5 as last month just a slightly different order. All seeing slight drops in the average prices ranging from the Nexus 5’s $5 drop up to the more sizable $37 drop in the January’s best seller, the Verizon Apple iPhone 5S.

Google really knew what they were doing releasing the Nexus 6 as a higher price point, as a result the over 2-year-old Nexus 5 is simply refusing to lose resale value.

St. Valentine’s Day Shopping?

Don’t forget to check out Swappa for a reasonably priced current and last generation gently used devices. If you have a significant other who loves music or always seems to be filling their iPhone up, check out the prices on the 64 and 128 GB models from last season: Apple iPhone 5S

Trying to free yourself and your loved ones from expensive cellphone contracts in the new year? Check out the extensive offerings of GSM Unlocked devices to ease your transition: Swappa – Unlocked

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Swappa Monthly Report: December 2014

January 6th, 2015 by Tony McAfee No comments »

The Top 5

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

  1. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sale price: $280
  2. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sale price: $379
  3. Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon) average sale price: $234
  4. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sale price: $344
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sale price: $236

The Google Nexus 5 still dominating the charts and aftermarket price seems to be holding steady. The iPhone 6 dropped out of the top 5 selling devices this month denoting that the iPhone 5S is likely at the sweet spot of specs:price ratio. The top 5 are sellers still tilting at Apple with so many people upgrading to the new variant and flooding the pre-owned market with their previous devices.

Closing out 2014

December represented a great end to the 2014 year for Swappa. Lots of buyers found holiday presents on Swappa. And lots of sellers funded holiday purchases by getting the most value for their device selling on Swappa.

In 2014 more than $23 million worth of devices were bought and sold on Swappa.

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How does the Nexus 6 size up to last year’s Nexus and this year’s competition?

December 30th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Since Google’s new Nexus is larger than life, we’ve made videos sizing it up with several other popular smartphones.

Let’s see how the Nexus 6 looks next to this year’s competition from Apple:

Here’s one specifically for those of you trying to decide whether to make the substantial leap from the Nexus 5 to the Nexus 6:

 

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Blu Studio 5.0 HD LTE is a sub $200 high-end device masquerading as a budget phone

December 24th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Blu Products have just announced a new LTE enabled iteration of their Studio series. The Studio 5.0 HD LTE runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has a 5 inch 720p HD display, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage + a microSD slot, and all powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor, here’s a quick look at the device:

Buy Blu Studio 5.0 HD LTE on Swappa

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Blu Studio Mini LTE is one of the cheapest 4G Android phones available

December 24th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Blu Products have just announced a new LTE enabled iteration of their Studio series. The Studio Mini LTE runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, has a 4.5 inch display, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage + a microSD slot, and all powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor, here’s a quick look at the device:

Buy Blu Studio Mini LTE on Swappa

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Blu Studio 6.0 LTE is the budget answer to the high-end phablet market

December 24th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Blu Products have just announced a new LTE enabled iteration of their Studio series. The Studio 6.0 LTE runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has a 6 inch full HD display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage + a microSD slot, and all powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor, here’s a quick look at the device:

 

 

Buy Blu Studio 6.0 LTE on Swappa

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Just how big is the Nexus 6?

December 23rd, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

If you’re in the market for a new device, the Nexus 6 is definitely an attractive option. The size, however, can be a deal breaker for some people. Let’s take a look at the Nexus 6 next to some other popular devices.

Nexus 6 / Galaxy Note 4

Nexus 6 / OnePlus One

Nexus 6 / DROID Turbo

Nexus 6 / Galaxy S 4

Are you interested in one of the above devices? Check out listings for new and gently used devices on Swappa:

Motorola Nexus 6 on Swappa

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Swappa

OnePlus One on Swappa

Motorla DROID Turbo on Swappa

Samsung Galaxy S 4 on Swappa

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Blu Studio 7.0 is pushing the limits of phone size

December 17th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Blu Products just announced one of the worlds first smart phones with a 7 inch display. Not only is it an extremely large phone, with a suggested retail price of $149, it’s also extremely cheap. Here are our first glances at the Blu Studio 7.0:

If you’d like to be updated when there’s a Blu Studio 7.0 listed on Swappa, check out the listings here: Blu Studio 7.0 – Swappa

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Android Wear 5.0 update first look

December 12th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

We’ve been expecting a Lollipop update on our Android wear devices since early this week, Wednesday night it started rolling out to some folks and my personal Moto 360 was updated midday Thursday! The update brings supposed stability and battery life enhancements along with some new features like theater mode and sunlight mode. Take a quick look at what’s new in the snippets below!

If you don’t yet own an Android Wear watch, and this update convinced you to buy one, check out the listings for Watches on Swappa!

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