Before you sell your mobile phone use comparison sites to gauge the best price

While there are plenty of price comparison websites out there for just about everything, there is no concrete, reliable resource for those of us who want to ensure that we get the best possible price for our unwanted or outdated mobile phones. If you're planning to sell your mobile phone a price comparison can ensure that you don't undersell the product, meaning that this kind of service could potentially prove to be invaluable.

Fortunately there are a number of different options available in order to keep an eye on the market trends and make sure that you maximise your handset's earning potential. By logging onto eBay.co.uk and searching for the make and model of your handset, you should get a good idea of the going online rate for your mobile phone.

When using eBay for price comparisons however, it is important to understand how the system works. If it is an auction listing, as opposed to a "Buy Now" one, the price you see is unlikely the final price. Interested parties will bid on the handset until the timer runs out, whereby the highest bid will be the winning one.

It is best to only use eBay as a rough guideline, with something like Craigslist or your local classifieds newspaper providing a much more reliable example of the prices you can expect to make.

It's also worth realising that you'll get far more for your phone should it be SIM unlocked and can be used in any country on any network. If your phone is not unlocked, you can pay a small fee to have a local independent phone store do it for you. While this may seem a bit pointless given the fact that you're planning on selling it, it should ensure that you get much more money for it in the end.

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