Swappa Monthly Report: June 2014

July 7th, 2014 by Lucas Freeman No comments »

The Top 5

The top-selling devices for the month of May 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 Rollup

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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Swappa Monthly Report: May 2014

June 2nd, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

The Top 5

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

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) - average sale price: $293 (was $308)
  2. Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon)average sale price: $111
  3. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) - average sale price: $482 (was $486)
  4. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon)average sale price: $542
  5. Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $327 (was $330)

Once again #1 for this month was the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon), which has been at the top spot for several months.

New on the list at #2 is the Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon). That’s right, the iPhone 4 has had 3 generation of successors (4S, 5, and 5S), but is still quite popular on the re-sell market.

The Nexus 5 (Unlocked) remained on the Top 5 list this month, but took a big drop from #2 to #5.

The Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) stayed in the #3 spot and was joined by it’s sibling the Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) at #4. This makes 3 of the top 4 phones sold on Swappa iPhones.

Overall though, Android devices dominate the marketplace, the sales numbers are just much more widely distributed over many different models.

Welcome eBay Immigrants

We have a lot of new sellers making the switch to Swappa from eBay because they are sick of paying ridiculous fees and getting bad support.

We’ve recently added a new feature to Swappa that allows all sellers to import your eBay feedback history (for the last 12 months) into your Swappa profile.

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Get started from your the Edit Profile page on Swappa.

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Welcome new Swappa Moderators

We are also excited to welcome two new moderators to Swappa. Patrick and Garrett were chosen from a big group of excellent applicants to come aboard and help us continue to provide excellent support for our buyers and sellers.

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Import eBay Feedback!

May 16th, 2014 by Michael Lipson No comments »

One of our most frequently requested features has been opening up the ability to import eBay feedback in to sellers profiles.  As of today, we’re excited to announce we’re enabling that ability for all users!  The process of importing the feedback is extremely simple and is easily found on the edit profile page.

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Once a user has imported their eBay feedback score, we’ll display a summarized version of their score on their feedback page.  Though, it is also likely we’ll start displaying it in other locations in the future.

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We’ve also made it incredibly simple to update or delete the feedback, on the edit profile page.

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Swappa is Hiring Moderators!

May 9th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

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 (“Weekday Mornings” and “Weekend Nights”) have different requirements. Please see descriptions below…

“Weekend Nights”

For the “Weekend Nights” position we need someone who can work late nights and weekends, around 20 hours per week. Most of this work would be Friday through Sunday (again nights) with maybe one other shift sometime during the week (flexible).

Heavy preference will be provided to those in the Pacific time zone (USA) for this position because we will be expecting you to work our latest shifts.

“Weekday Mornings”

For the “Weekday Mornings” position we are looking for someone who can work Monday through Friday, 3-4 hours per day, starting early in the morning (likely 7 or 8 AM eastern time).

Heavy preference will be provided to those in the Eastern time zone (USA) for this position because we will be expecting you to work our earliest shifts.

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
  • Basic understanding of cell phone carriers and technology
  • Patient and friendly
  • Reliability is very important

Interested?

If interested, please provide the following information:

  • Name and current devices in your arsenal
  • Describe any customer service and/or moderation experience
  • Current job and/or school commitments
  • Links to online profiles (e.g. Swappa, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, XDA, blog, etc)
  • Location and timezone
  • Availability: hours per week, times and days of week
  • Required / desired compensation
  • Explain why you want to work with Swappa
  • Any experience using Swappa to buy / sell (or other markets such as eBay)
  • Anything else you want to tell us about you
  • Resume is optional. We aren’t really a resume-reading bunch, but if you’ve got one sitting around you can send it.

Email jobs@[obvious-domain].com. Please specify which position you’re applying for (“Weekday Mornings” or “Weekend Nights”) in the subject and email.

Thank you!

 

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Swappa Monthly Report: April 2014

May 7th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

The Top 5

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

  1. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) - average sale price: $308 (was $346)
  2. Nexus 5 (Unlocked) - average sale price: $330 (was $351)
  3. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T)average sale price: $486 (was $508)
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (AT&T)average sale price: $315 (was $341)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S (Verizon) - average sale price: $183 (was $201)

Once again #1 for this month was the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon),but with a significant price drop compared to the previous month. In April the average sale price was around $308 compared to $346 in March. This price drop is due in large part to the release of successor, the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

New on the Top 5 list is Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) at #3 and Samsung Galaxy S 4 (AT&T) at #4.

Dropped from the Top 5 this month compared to last were the Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon) and the Apple iPhone 4S (AT&T).

Samsung Galaxy S 5

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was big news for the month of April. It’s release has resulted in a lot of users unloading their gently used Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Samsung Galaxy S III devices. Now is a great time to buy one of these great phones.

Samsung Galaxy S 5

Smart Watches

Did you know you can buy and sell Smart Watches on Swappa? You can. And you should.

 

 

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The Swappa Uploader

April 17th, 2014 by Brock Hatfield No comments »

2014-04-16 20_32_10-Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Sprint) For Sale - LBT945 - $540 _ SwappaHow It Works

If there’s one feature on Swappa that generates the most emails to our help inbox it has to be the image uploader. While it does work just fine for the large majority of users it often times does some seemingly strange things. In an attempt to help you understand it and how it works I will first outline the requirements and limitations of the uploader and then visit some methods for working around uploader trouble.

The uploader is a pretty simple browser “browse” button. You can select and upload single or multiple files through it. Selecting multiple files will vary depending on your phones gallery app and on PC the standard ctrl/shift+Left Mouse click feature will allow multiple selection and upload.

The first thing to understand about the uploader is that it will not accept a single file that is greater than 5MB. This is a technical limitation not an artificial one. Honestly that’s a pretty large file and only a few phones and fairly high end cameras can generate a file that is larger than this.

The second point of note about the uploader is that it only allows a batch of files adding up to 10MB. This means if you had two 5MB files that would be the most you could upload in one press of the upload button. If they were 2MB each  you could upload five of them.

If It Isn’t Working

Unfortunately failures to upload do not result in verbose messages. It simply errors in the background and quits returning the user to the page. If this happens don’t panic. Images are pretty straight forward so there aren’t usually to many things that can go wrong. Lets see what we can do. » Read more: The Swappa Uploader

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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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