Swappa is Hiring a Moderator!

March 25th, 2015 by Lucas Freeman No comments »

Swappa Yo Jobba

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

The Position

We’re looking to fill the early mornings; 7:00 AM EST to 11:00 AM EST Monday through Friday. Due to the time slot, someone in the Eastern time zone is preferred.

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, prevent potential scammers, and overall make Swappa a better place to buy and sell. 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 15-20 hours per week
  • Willing to work 5 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 FILL OUT THIS FORM!

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Swappa Monthly Report: February 2015

March 3rd, 2015 by Tony McAfee No comments »

The Top 5

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

  1. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sale price: $341
  2. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sale price: $271
  3. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sale price: $312
  4. Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon) average sale price: $211
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sale price: $223

While users held their breath throughout February to see what new devices would be showcased at Mobile World Congress, buying trends stayed largely the same with the AT&T iPhone 5S jumping to our third slot pushing the Verizon iPhone 5 and Galaxy S 4.

Getting ready to upgrade your gear?

If you’re one of the many people with your eye on the next iterations of Samsung’s Galaxy S or HTC’s One lines, now is a fantastic time to clean out your drawers getting rid of old devices, or even sell your current flagship for the best price before next’s month’s releases.

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 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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