Maybe you loved it, maybe you hated it, maybe you just never used it. Doesn’t matter now, all you should care about is finding the best place to trade in your Apple Watch for cash (or store credit… if you’re into that). Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of trade-in options and we’re going to outline the pros and cons of each of them.
To put all these options on a fair playing field we’re going to see how much they’re currently offering for an Aluminum Apple Watch Sport, Series 4 with GPS + Cellular connectivity. Generally speaking, you’re always going to get more money for your Apple Watch if you sell it with the watch band, charger and original box so these prices will assume you have all of those accessories to sell with it.
Apple Trade In
This is arguably the best option on this entire list IF… (and only if) you’re trading in your Apple Watch to buy an upgraded model or another Apple Product. Apple’s watch trade in prices are almost untouchable by many other companies because they’re essentially paying you above market value for your Watch as an incentive for you to buy a new Apple Product. Which brings us to the big caveat of using Apple Trade in; you can only trade in your Apple Watch for store credit. They don’t offer cash payouts. Trading in at an Apple store is easiest, but you can also ship your Apple Watch to their headquarters and they’ll credit you the value after 2-3 weeks.
High trade in value
Easy to use
You can only get paid with store credit
Buyback websites are one of the easiest, most convenient ways to trade in your Apple Watch.
You’ll get an instant offer for your Apple Watch from any of these sites. If you like their offer just provide your contact info and they’ll send you a pre-paid shipping label so you can box up your Apple Watch and ship it out. That’s it! Once they receive your trade they’ll send payment.
GadgetGone is a great all around way to trade in your Apple Watch. Compared to other buyback sites our prices are very competitive and the selling process is fast and easy. Once you accept an offer we’ll email you a shipping label you can print from home. It will take 1-3 days for your Apple Watch to get to us after you ship it and then another 1-2 business days for our team to evaluate your Apple Watch and send your choice of a Check, PayPal Payment or Amazon Gift Card. GadgetGone maintains a laser focus on providing our customers a great experience and we’ve got the reviews to back that claim.
Itsworthmore has great reviews and a streamlined trade-in process. That said, their trade in values can be hit or miss. When it comes to shipping your Apple Watch, Itsworthmore provides a free shipping label from your choice of UPS or Fedex. Some people don’t like to deal with the Post Office so having these shipping options is definitely a benefit of using Itsworthmore. They advertise a payment “typically within 72 hours of receiving your item(s) but may take up to five business days.” All in all this is a great option but make sure they’re offering a competitive price before trading in with Itsworthmore.
Buyback Boss is known for delivering top quality customer service. They take pride in making their customers happy and their reviews reflect that. Their trade in values for Apple Watches are fairly low compared to other buyback sites. If you’re feeling generous, Buyback Boss has an option to donate your payment to charity. Buyback Boss will typically send payment for your Apple Watch within 2 days after it arrives at their facility.
If you’d like to hit 2 birds with one stone (or maybe 100 birds) BuyBackWorld might be the option for you. In addition to accepting Trade-ins for Apple Watches you can also sell old DVD’s, video games and even PDA’s (kids, if you’d like a lesson in ancient history google what a “PDA” is). Their trade in value for Apple Watches are usually some of the highest you’ll find. Buyback World advertises a turn around time of 3 days once your watch arrives at their office.
Trademore is a bit of a mystery. Their corporate office is located at 600 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038. This address is a Verizon corporate office, which may point to Verizon secretly owning this company. They have an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of this article. You shouldn’t put too much stock in this rating though, as they aren’t paying for BBB accreditation. That said, they don’t have many reviews at all or much of an online presence which simply means their online reputation likely isn’t a top priority for them. Their Apple Watch prices are low compared to other services and they advertise an evaluation time of up to 5 days after they receive your Apple Watch, which is much longer than other companies. There’s not much going for TradeMore. While this company is certainly an option to trade in your Apple Watch, there’s much better alternatives on this list.
Decluttr is known for having very competitive prices. Their reviews are “OK”. They have 541 complaints on their Better Business Bureau profile as of the time this was written (which is a lot) but they’re also a very large company. We’d recommend doing a little research before deciding if you’d like to do business with them or not. Like Buyback World you can sell Decluttr all kinds of things (LEGO’s, books, CD’s etc) so it could be a good option if you need to do a little spring cleaning. Decluttr advertises that they’ll pay you the next business day after they receive your trade in, which is faster than other companies in the industry.
Best Buy has 2 trade-in options. You can go to your local Best Buy store and trade it in person, or you can mail it to them via their online platform. You do not want to mail it in. They have no advertised time frame for how long it will take them to evaluate your Apple Watch after it’s delivered to them and if you disagree with a revised offer they’ll make you pay for the return shipping (whereas if you disagree with a GadgetGone offer we’ll ship your Apple Watch back to you for free). Best Buy trade in prices are fairly competitive, but like Apple that’s only because they’ll only pay you with in store credit (in the form of a gift card). This is a good option if you need to buy something from Best Buy anyways and don’t mind getting a run of the mill trade in value.
You can trade-in your Apple Watch in person and get paid today
Unlike BestBuy or Apple, GameStop will actually pay you with cash. Do they have spectacular trade-in prices? Nope, but you can get cash in hand today and although not great, their prices are at least reasonable. If you want to trade in for GameStop store credit instead of cash you can get about 20% more money.
You can get cash in hand today for your Apple Watch
You can trade in your Apple Watch with Target by going to any of their stores or by using their online trade in website. Like Best Buy, Target’s trade-in website isn’t great and you’re much better off going to a Target Store instead. You can choose to get paid either by PayPal or a Target Gift Card. Their prices are definitely on the lower side so you’re probably better off going to GameStop if you’re deciding between those 2 options.
You have the option of getting a PayPal payment instead of a gift card
eBay is a double edged sword. On one hand you’ll likely get more money using ebay than you will anywhere else. On the other, eBay is notorious for scammers and there’s various fees and hoops to jump through to sell on their platform. All in all, you’ll probably spend about an hour of time creating the eBay listing and making a trip to the post office to buy postage yourself. You’ll also have to wait for your Apple Watch to sell and PayPal may hold your funds for up to 2 weeks if you’re a new seller. This method is definitely going to be the most work but is still a great option if you want to recoup every last dollar of value from your Apple Watch.
High Trade in Value
This is a time investment and you’ll need some risk tolerance
Swappa is a marketplace like eBay, but generally a better option for novice sellers. The big difference is in the fees. eBay charges sellers a 10% fee of the total sale value. On Swappa, your buyer pays the fee (not you), and it’s a very reasonable flat rate between $5 and $15. An added benefit to Swappa is the listing creating process is much simpler. But it’s not all sunshine and roses. Swappa has a much smaller user base than eBay so it may take several weeks or longer for it to sell depending on how you price your Apple Watch. Like eBay, you’ll have to create a PayPal account to get paid and PayPal may hold your funds for several weeks if you’re a new seller. You can’t print a shipping label from Swappa so you’ll be on your own when it comes to shipping to your buyer.
Facebook Marketplace is basically Craigslist 2.0. This is a great option if you need cash in hand, today. You probably already have a FaceBook account and creating a listing for your Apple Watch on Facebook is by far easier than eBay or Swappa. Here’s a sample selling description (by the way, this is also great template for eBay or Swappa):
“For sale is an Apple Watch Sport, Series 3. Aluminum with GPS + Cellular connectivity. It’s Space Gray and comes with the band, charger and original box. This watch is in good condition with only some minor scratches. My iCloud account has already been removed so it’s ready to pair with your iPhone!”
People browsing Facebook Marketplace are generally looking for a good deal so don’t expect to get full market value for your Apple Watch. Also, keep in mind anytime you meet up with a stranger there’s always an element of danger. It’s best to meet during the daytime at a public location if you decide to sell your Apple Watch locally. Insist on cash, do not accept any other form of payment.
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Get paid with cash
Facebook deal hunters generally aren’t willing to pay market value for your Apple Watch
Meeting in person can be dangerous
Our Top Picks
Apple Trade-in: This is the best overall option if you’re upgrading to a new Apple Watch and want to cash in your old one in the process. They have very fair prices and if you go to an Apple Store you can complete both transactions at the same time.
GadgetGone: If you’d rather get cash for your Apple Watch GadgetGone offers the best blend of value and convenience.
Swappa: Swappa is our top pick if you want to get the most money possible. Selling an Apple Watch yourself on Swappa is more work, but for many it’s well worth it. No fees and a simpler selling process puts it above eBay in our book.
Facebook Marketplace: Facebook is the best choice for people who want to get fast cash for their Apple Watch. Selling price will vary widely but you can put cash in your pocket today using Facebook Marketplace.