You spent your hard-earned money on that old phone, just because you have a new one doesn’t mean your old smartphone is worthless, you just need to know how to get the most for it! Here are 3 things you can do to help make sure that you get the best price when looking to sell your phone:

1. Sell Your Old Phone Early

As new smartphones are released (like the upcoming iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7) the demand for older phones naturally decreases, and with the decrease in demand comes a fall in price. So if you’re planning on buying a new phone on, or near, the release date, get started selling your phone early for the best price!

If you’re selling a used phone yourself, try to list it and sell it on sites like eBay before the new phone is released. Yeah, this may mean being phoneless for a few days, but it could mean extra $$$ in your pocket! 

When selling to a reseller, get a quote and lock in your price as soon as possible! Most phone resellers will give you a short time-span before the require postmark date; on you have 14 days between your quote date and postmark date. 

If you know when you’re getting your new phone, lock in your old phone’s selling price 14 days beforehand and you won’t have to spend anytime phoneless!

If you really want to get the best price, you can even purchase a super cheap phone (may we suggest a flip phone?) to hold you over before the new phone hits the market!

2. Unlock Your Phone Before Selling

When a phone is locked it means that it can only be used on one network, so if you have Verizon phone, you can only use your phone that phone on the Verizon network. When you unlock your phone it can be used with any cell phone provider, which is much more appealing to potential buyers.

Often times unlocking your old phone before selling it can increase its price by $100 or more! Go ahead, price it out and see how much of a difference it makes in the price of your phone.

Need help unlocking your phone? Take a look at this helpful article on how to unlock your phone on most major US networks by Digital Trends.

3. Compare Phone Reseller Online Prices

Last, but not least, remember to compare prices when reselling your used phone. Just because one website or company is more popular doesn’t mean it offers the best prices on old phones… ahem, like a certain company that rhymes with bazelle.

So, stop waiting around (remember tip #1?) and sell your old phone today to get the best price!