Swappa Monthly Report: March 2014

April 2nd, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

This is the March 2014 edition of the Swappa Monthly Report. Without further ado…

The Top 5

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

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) - average sale price: $346 (was $356)
  2. Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) - average sale price: $201 (was $206)
  3. Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $351 (was $363)
  4. Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon) - average sale price: $376 (was $385)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S (AT&T)average sale price: $209

Once again #1 for this month was the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon). The SGS4 for Verizon has been one of the best-selling devices for the past 6 months, and this will likely continue for the next several months with the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

This month sees the Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon) drop off the list replaced by the Apple iPhone 4S (AT&T). That means 3 of the top 5 devices are iPhones. Will this hold up for April with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S 5?

New Feature: Quick Buy

We’ve added a great new feature to the site called Quick Buy. It’s a feature which highlights Recommended Listings from Reliable Sellers, making it easier for buyers to pinpoint high quality listings from high quality sellers.

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You can see this feature in action on almost any device listings page. The Recommended Listings are selected via an algorithm that considers several factors, including seller feedback ratings and listing price.

Thanks for using Swappa!

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Is the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro worth the money?

April 2nd, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Samsung has really outdone themselves in sticking to their Galaxy line’s mantra “The Next Big Thing”

With a gorgeous 12.2 inch display this device will confuse most lay-people who witness you using it in public because, “I didn’t know they made iPads that big!”

Using the device at first is complete joy, I found myself grinning from ear to ear just in awe of the size of the thing. Aside from its weight, web browsing and reading are great. I really like the soft-touch, leather textured rubber of the back panel. On a device so big and unprecedented in the Android world, I didn’t find the TouchWiz UI to be overbearing or annoying at all, but mostly because when dealing with a totally new form-factor, it’s easy to keep an open mind.

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The Note Pro is huge, but so is the price. At $750 with a 2-year activation and $850 outright, I can’t say I would recommend this device to anyone who didn’t know for a FACT it was worth the money for them, or have a very good reason why this is the tablet they need.

Read my full review of the Verizon Galaxy Note Pro LTE on AndroidGuys.com

Check out listings for the Verizon Galaxy Note Pro

Don’t need the Verizon model?

Look at the Wifi model of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

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Verizon LTE LG G Pad 8.3 wins

March 28th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

When you first pick the device up, before turning it on, you’ll swear it’s no bigger than any 7 inch tablet you’ve used before. Just know that your mind is playing a trick on you, or you’ll be truly surprised when you turn on the tablet and you’re greeted by the gorgeous 8.3 inch, full HD display.

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I would recommend this device to anyone who either knows they want a tablet with its own data plan, or is opened to the idea of switching over. The G Pad 8.3 is a wonderful size, and it my opinion, a size that should have been common before 7 inch displays became popular. The device is plenty quick, with a gorgeous display that makes even complex games look great, and Verizon’s 4G LTE is the icing on the cake. Highly recommend this tablet.

If you’d like to read the whole review, visit this page on AndroidGuys.

If this was convincing enough for you, you can start shopping, check out our listings for the Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

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Is the LG G Flex right for you?

March 26th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

I recently had the pleasure to review the new LG G Flex. Here’s a preview

The phone is, in my honest opinion, too big to be manageable with one hand. But in LG’s defense, they made the device about as small as they could with a screen that size. The quality of the display is lacking, it has a grainy rainbow quality, the likes of which you might see when oil smears on the display.

The size is great for YouTube and Neflix, no problems with volume at all, but it’s nigh impossible to utilize the device one-handed while laying down. I found myself trying to smush it against the couch or bed to keep it propped up, and always had issues with my palm hitting things on the screen when I stretch out my thumb.

G-Flex_2-10_ATT_hrIf you’d like to read the whole review, visit this page on AndroidGuys.

If this was convincing enough for you, you can start shopping:

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Swappa Monthly Report: February 2014

March 4th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

This is the February 2014 edition of the Swappa Monthly Report. Without further ado…

The Top 5

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

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) - average sale price: $356 (was $368)
  2. Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $363 (was $366)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon) - average sale price: $213 (was $219)
  4. Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) - average sale price: $206 (was $194)
  5. Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon) – average sale price: $385

The only big change between this month and the previous month’s Top 5 is the Nexus 4 (Unlocked) dropping off of the Top 5, replaced by the Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon).

And this means 4 of the Top 5 selling devices on Swappa are now Verizon devices.

Once again #1 for this month was the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon). The SGS4 for Verizon has been one of the best-selling devices for the past 6 months, as has it’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon). It is a sales juggernaut. And this will likely continue for the next several months with the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

Device Comparisons

A neat new feature we’ve added to the site this months allows you to compare two devices’ specs and pricing data side-by-side.

Check it out here: http://swappa.com/compare/

And here’s some example comparisons for our Top 5 devices:

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Galaxy S III (Verizon):
http://swappa.com/compare/samsung-galaxy-s-4-verizon/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-verizon

Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4:
http://swappa.com/compare/nexus-5-unlocked/nexus-4-unlocked

iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S (Verizon):
http://swappa.com/compare/apple-iphone-5-verizon/apple-iphone-4s-verizon

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While this is a good way to compare important specs of particular devices, Swappa also allows you to compare real-time prices of what they are being bought and sold for on the market.

 

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Compare Device Specs and Prices

February 20th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

We’ve added a new feature on Swappa that allows you to compare two devices side-by-side.

Check it out here: http://swappa.com/compare/

And here’s an example comparison:
http://swappa.com/compare/nexus-5-unlocked/apple-iphone-5s-verizon

While this is a good way to compare important specs of particular devices, Swappa also allows you to compare real-time prices of what they are being bought and sold for on the market.

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Our Listing Review and Approval Process – Part 1 of 2

February 6th, 2014 by Nate No comments »

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One thing that separates Swappa from other marketplaces is our thorough listing review and approval process.

We wanted to take this opportunity to explain how we go about evaluating each listing for approval, and what goes into each decision.  We have more checks in place to protect both the buyer and the seller than any other site.  Are we perfect?  No – but nobody is when you’re dealing with used devices.

The fact of the matter is – and this is important to understand for any potential buyer – any time you’re dealing in the “secondary” or used market for devices (i.e. you didn’t purchase directly from the carrier or an official retailer), there are no guarantees – whether it’s Craigslist, Ebay, or even Swappa.  If you’re buying a device from another individual or from a reseller (who buys from other individuals), the most you can do is lower your risk as much as possible, and our evaluation process does just that.

Each listing is like a puzzle with many pieces that have to fit together in order to be approved.  Some of the puzzles are very easy – they’re basically a bunch of squares that fit together perfectly with no difficulty.  But sometimes they can be really complicated with a bunch of tiny discombobulated pieces.  Of course, a majority of listings fall somewhere in between those two extremes.

Here are some of the factors we check when we first look at a listing, along with a quick description of each:

» Read more: Our Listing Review and Approval Process – Part 1 of 2

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Swappa Monthly Report: January 2014

February 3rd, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

This is the January 2014 edition of the Swappa Monthly Report. Without further ado…

The Top 5

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

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) - average sale price: $368 (was $386)
  2. Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $366 (was $389)
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon) - average sale price: $219 (was $237)
  4. Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) - average sale price: $194 (was $218)
  5. Nexus 4 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $212 (was $219)

Swappa Top 5 Dec 13

These are the same top five sellings devices as the previous month, but there’s been some changes in ordering, though not at the top spot.

Again #1 for this month was the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon). The SGS4 for Verizon has been one of the best-selling devices for the past 6 months, as has it’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon). It is a sales juggernaut.

The Nexus 5 (Unlocked) moved up a spot to #2. The Nexus 4 (Unlocked) dropped from #2 to #5. The Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon) and Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) remain in the top 5 list as well.

While the Top 5 for January may not be very exciting, our recently launched site redesign is!

Site Redesign

On January 31 we launched a major redesign of the Swappa website: http://swappa.com

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The primary goal of the redesign is to improve the mobile browsing experience. We use something called “responsive” web design to provide a more consistent experience for different devices, from phone to tablet to desktop.

Overall the site should be faster, more consistent across devices, and generally more pleasant. Read more about the redesign here…

 

 

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Site Redesign Launched January 31

February 2nd, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

On January 31 we launched a major redesign of the Swappa website: http://swappa.com

The primary goal of the redesign is actually to improve the mobile browsing experience. The old version of the site had completely separate experiences for standard vs. mobile browsing. Besides being an inconsistent experience for the user, which we didn’t like, it was also a pain to keep two different versions up to date. Consequently the mobile site had come a bit antiquated.

The redesigned site uses something called “responsive” web design to provide a more consistent experience for different devices, from phone to tablet to desktop. This is important, as a growing percent of our users are accessing our site from a mobile device.

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We hope you enjoy the new site…

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New site home page (desktop)

 

 

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Intro To Taking Great Verification Photos

January 29th, 2014 by Brock Hatfield No comments »

Verification Photo ExampleFirst we need to understand the purpose and the goals of verification photos. Verification photos and “additional verification” photos serve two purposes. First is to show off the device to prospective buyers. The second purpose is to help staff verify the quality of the device and by extension the credibility of the seller.

So lets have a look at what is already written about good verification photos and see some examples. http://swappa.com/faq/sell/verification-photos

There are a few key attributes that should stand out. The device is fully visible, good focus, bright even lighting, and listing codes written in large clear lettering.

The device fully visible is a pretty easy thing to achieve. Move the camera back until the entire device is visible. Also ensure the listing code does not obscure the device. The most common way to keep a listing code from obscuring the device is to write the code on the same sheet of paper that you set the device on to take the picture.

Good focus is probably the trickiest thing to achieve.  » Read more: Intro To Taking Great Verification Photos

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