Maybe you loved your Apple Watch, maybe you hated it, or maybe you just never used it. Whatever it was, 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 sorta thing). Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of selling options, and we’re going to outline the pros and cons of each of them.

 

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To put all these options on a fair playing field, we’re going to see how much they’re currently offering for a 44mm, Series 4 Apple Watch with an aluminum case, sport band, and GPS + Cellular connectivity. Generally speaking, you’re always going to get more money for your Apple Watch if you trade it in with the watch band, charger, and original box. So, these prices will assume you have all of those accessories to sell with it.

 

 

Contents

Before Trade-In
Where to Trade In Your Apple Watch
Apple Trade In
Buyback Websites
Big-Box Stores
Sell It Yourself
Our Top Picks


Before Trade-In

Unsure of how to prepare your Apple Watch for trade-in? Not to worry, we’re here to help walk you through the most important step in the process: unpairing your Apple Watch. Unpairing will clear your watch of all of your data, remove your iCloud account, disconnect it from Your iPhone, and reset it to factory settings. Just follow the directions below to unpair your Apple Watch.

 

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1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
2. Click on the Apple Watch you want to unpair
3. Tap on the little “i” information icon

 

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4. Click Unpair Apple Watch
5. Enter your Apple ID and password to being unpairing
6. Keep your iPhone near your Apple Watch for the duration of the unpairing process. Once your Apple Watch boots to the home screen, it’s ready for a new user.

If these directions won’t work because your Apple Watch is broken or you don’t have your iPhone, check out our more detailed instructions here.

 

Where to Trade in Your Apple Watch

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Well, would you look at that? It’s time to trade in my Apple Watch.

 

Apple Trade In

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Apple will pay up to $140 for our Apple Watch Series 4

This is arguably the best option on this entire list to trade in your Apple Watch if and only if you want to buy an upgraded model or another Apple product at an Apple Store or on their website. 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’s trade-in program: You can’t sell your Apple Watch for cash with Apple—you can only trade it in for store credit. Trading in at an Apple Store is the easiest option, but you can also ship your Apple Watch to their headquarters and they’ll credit you the value after two to three weeks. 

 

Pros: Cons:
•  High trade-in value •  You can only get paid with in-store credit
•  Easy to use
Trade-In Price: 9/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 9/10

Buyback Websites

Buyback websites are one of the easiest, most convenient ways to sell your Apple Watch. You’ll get an instant quote for your Apple Watch from any of these sites. If you like their offer,  just provide your contact information and they’ll send you a prepaid shipping label so you can box up your Apple Watch and ship it out. That’s it! Once they receive your trade-in, they’ll send you your payment. 

 

GadgetGone

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GadgetGone will pay $130 for our Apple Watch Series 4

Not to toot our own horn, but GadgetGone is a great way all-around to trade in your Apple Watch. Compared to other buyback sites, our prices are very competitive thanks to our PriceMatch+ guarantee (if one of our competitors has a better offer, we’ll beat it by $5), and the selling process is fast and easy. Additionally, unlike most other buyback companies, our Apple Watch trade-in values are one-size-fits-all when it comes to accessories (although we’d always prefer for you to send along the watch band, charger, and original box with your trade-in). We know things happen, so we’ll always give you the same amount – depending on your watch’s condition – whether you include the charger or not.

Once you accept an offer, we’ll email you a shipping label you can print from home. After we receive your Apple Watch, it will take one to two business days for our team to evaluate your trade-in, give you an updated offer if necessary, and send your choice of a check, PayPal payment, or Amazon gift card. Furthermore, all of us here at GadgetGone are laser-focused on providing our customers with a great experience, and we’ve got the reviews to back it up. 

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Very competitive prices & PriceMatch+ guarantee •  Price won’t be as high as eBay or Swappa
•  Fast & easy
•  Great customer service (if we do say so ourselves)
•  Consistent pricing with or without the accessories
Trade-In Price: 9/10
Reviews: 9/10
Ease of Use: 9/10

ItsWorthMore 

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ItsWorthMore will pay $152 for our Apple Watch Series 4

ItsWorthMore has decent reviews – although not as consistently high or as many as GadgetGone – and a streamlined trade-in process. That being said, their trade-in values can be hit or miss (in this case, it’s a hit). When it comes to shipping your Apple Watch, ItsWorthMore provides a free shipping label from your choice of either UPS or FedEx. Some people don’t like to deal with the post office, so having these shipping options can definitely be a benefit for some.

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 your Apple Watch with ItsWorthMore and consider going with a company with a better track record when it comes to customer service.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Multiple shipping options •  Price won’t be as high as eBay or Swappa
•  Trade-in values can be decent •  Inconsistent and minimal reviews
•  Quick & convenient
Trade-In Price: 9/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 9/10

Buyback Boss

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Buyback Boss will pay $80 for our Apple Watch Series 4

Buyback Boss is known for delivering top-quality customer service. They take pride in making their customers happy and their reviews reflect that. However, their selling prices 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 a payment for your Apple Watch within two days after it arrives at their facility.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Excellent customer service •  Fairly low trade-in values for Apple Watches
•  Speedy & simple
•  Able to donate your payment to charity
Trade-In Price: 4/10
Reviews: 9/10
Ease of Use: 9/10

BuyBackWorld 

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BuyBackWorld will pay $130 for our Apple Watch Series 4

If you’d like to kill two birds with one stone (or maybe 100 birds), BuyBackWorld might be the option for you. In addition to selling your Apple Watch, you can also sell old DVDs, video games, and even PDAs (Kids, if you’d like a lesson in ancient history, Google what a “PDA” is). Their trade-in value for Apple Watches is usually among the highest you’ll find. Don’t jump for joy just yet though—their reviews are all over the place. BuyBackWorld advertises a turn around time of three days once your watch arrives at their office.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Consistently high trade-in values •  Spotty customer service
•  Fast & easy
Trade-In Price: 8/10
Reviews: 5/10
Ease of Use: 8/10

MaxBack 

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MaxBack will pay $113 for our Apple Watch Series 4

MaxBack has been around since 2010 and has solid reviews. MaxBack offers mid-range trade-in pricing for Apple Watches. If you sell your Apple Watch with them you can expect a two-day turnaround time after your Apple watch is delivered. They also lock in your initial quote for 30 days just in case you’re shopping around for the best offer.

 

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Over 10 years of experience •  Middle-of-the-road trade-in values
•  Solid customer service
 
Trade-In Price: 7/10
Reviews: 9/10
Ease of Use: 9/10

Trademore

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Trademore will pay $117 for our Apple Watch Series 4

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, although you shouldn’t put too much stock in this rating as they aren’t paying for BBB accreditation. That being said, their Trustpilot reviews aren’t great either, and their minimal online presence indicates that their online reputation likely isn’t a top priority for them.

Their Apple Watch prices are middling compared to other services, and they advertise an evaluation time of up to five days after they receive your Apple Watch (much longer than other companies). Overall, there’s not much going for Trademore. While this company is certainly an option to sell your Apple Watch, there are much better alternatives on this list.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Average trade-in values •  Pretty bad reviews
•  Longer-than-average turnaround times
Trade-In Price: 7/10
Reviews: 4/10
Ease of Use: 5/10

Decluttr

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Decluttr will pay $130 for our Apple Watch Series 4

Decluttr is known for having very competitive prices for Apple Watches. Their reviews are ok—they have 620 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 trade in your Apple Watch with Decluttr or not.

Like BuyBackWorld, you can sell Decluttr all kinds of things (Lego, books, CDs, and more), 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. 

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Competitive trade-in values •  A decent amount of complaints
•  Quick turnaround time
Trade-In Price: 8/10
Reviews: 6/10
Ease of Use: 8/10

Big-Box Stores

For all you folks wanting cash on the spot, stopping by a big-box store to trade in your Apple Watch may seem like the perfect option. However, while this is the case for some big-box trade-in options, in most cases you will still have to wait for your Apple Watch to be evaluated before being paid. Plus, payment is almost always in the form of an in-store credit.

 

Best Buy 

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Best Buy will pay $115 for our Apple Watch Series 4

Best Buy has two trade-in options: You can go to your local Best Buy store and sell 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 timeframe 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 Apple Watch trade-in values 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 anyway and don’t mind getting a run-of-the-mill selling price.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  You can sell your Apple Watch in-person and get paid today •  Payment only comes as a Best Buy gift card
•  Trade-in values are reasonable •  Terrible online selling platform
Trade-In Price: 7/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 7/10

GameStop

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GameStop will pay a trade-in value of $84 for our Apple Watch Series 4

Unlike BestBuy or Apple, GameStop will actually pay cash for your Apple Watch (or at least they did until Covid-19 hit—now they’ve mostly switched over to in-store credit for the time being, although they “may offer cash on select items”).

Do they have spectacular selling prices? Nope, but in some instances, you can leave with cash in hand that day. And although they’re not great, GameStop’s Apple Watch trade-in values are at least reasonable. If you do want to trade in your Apple Watch for GameStop store credit instead of cash, you can get about 20% more money. In short, if you’re a gamer, GameStop’s trade-in program is a worthy option. If not, there are plenty of better options out there. 

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Cash in hand that same day in some instances •  Payouts are lower than some other options unless you want store credit or are a rewards member
Trade-In Price: 5/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 9/10

Target

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Target will pay a trade-in value of $90.21 for our Apple Watch Series 4

You can trade in your Apple Watch to 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, but considering that they do offer a PayPal option, they’re pretty reasonable if you would absolutely prefer to trade in your Apple Watch at a big-box store.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Option of getting a PayPal payment instead of a gift card •  Low trade-in values
•  Bad online selling platform
Trade-In Price: 4/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 7/10

Sell It Yourself

If you would rather take matters into your own hands, you’ll be rewarded with bigger payouts. However, that extra cash comes at a price. We’re talking fees, scammers, security concerns, occasionally long wait times, uninterested shoppers, and plenty of hoops to jump through. However, if you’ve got plenty of time and patience, it can definitely pay off.

 

eBay

 

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After fees, we’ll get $220-250 for our Apple Watch Series 4 by selling on eBay

Trading in your Apple Watch on 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 are 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 two weeks if you’re a new seller.

This method is definitely going to be the most work, but it is still a great option if you want to recoup every last dollar of value possible from your Apple Watch.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Able to sell your Apple Watch for a very high price •  Big time investment
•  Need some risk tolerance
•  Need to pay fees
Trade-In Price: 10/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 3/10

Swappa 

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We’ll get around $300 for our Apple Watch Series 4 by selling on Swappa

Swappa is an online marketplace like eBay, but is 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 selling your Apple Watch on Swappa is that creating a listing 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 also can’t print a shipping label from Swappa, so you’ll be on your own when it comes to shipping to your buyer. 

 

Pros: Cons:
•  High trade-in value •  May take several weeks to sell
•  No fees •  You’ll have to take care of shipping and postage yourself
Trade-In Price: 4/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 5/10

Facebook Marketplace

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Prices vary on Facebook Marketplace. We can expect to sell our Apple Watch Series 4 for somewhere between $180-280.

Facebook Marketplace is basically Craigslist 2.0. This is a great option if you need to sell your Apple Watch for cash in hand right away. You probably already have a Facebook account, and creating a listing for your Apple Watch on Facebook is far easier than eBay or Swappa. Here’s a sample selling description (by the way, this is also great template for eBay or Swappa):

“I’m selling 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 when you sell your Apple Watch on this platform. Also, keep in mind that 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.

 

Pros: Cons:
•  Quick & easy •  Meeting in person can be dangerous
•  Get paid with cash •  Facebook deal hunters generally aren’t willing to pay market value for your Apple Watch
•  Great trade-in value
Trade-In Price: 9/10
Reviews: 7/10
Ease of Use: 5/10

Our Top Picks

Apple Trade In: This is the best overall option if you’re upgrading to a new Apple Watch and want credit for your old one. 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 sell your Apple Watch for cash, GadgetGone offers the best blend of value and convenience with a generous helping of customer service. 

Swappa: Swappa is our top pick if you want to get the most money possible. Selling an Apple Watch on Swappa is more work, but for many, it’s well worth it. No fees and a simpler selling process put 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. The selling price will vary widely, but you can put cash in your pocket today using Facebook Marketplace.


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