Gazelle quotes are typically good for 30 days, but an iPhone promotion keeps such price "locks" in place through
"If not, I have a certain purchaser," said the
With competition for traded-in gizmos getting intense, some are getting creative.
EcoATM kiosks have popped up in several
on the spot and, in some cases, spit out money in return. An EcoATM in
The kiosks are run by
But if they're not dealing with a private party, those looking into trade-ins have to read the fine print, said
Apple, for instance, doesn't pay cash and will not accept water-damaged handsets, but cracked screens are OK.
Trade-in services offered by carriers and retailers "are fine, convenience-wise, but ultimately, at the end, the user will still get the shorter end," said
Those with enough time and initiative will often get good results on
Many try to lowball him, but he knows he has enticing items -- the Apple phones that are unlocked, meaning they'll work on either AT&T or T-Mobile, and sometimes even "jailbroken" so that they can run apps that aren't Apple-authorized. He did not jailbreak his iPhone 5 this year.
What's more, the phones are in like-new condition. His handset this year also has one year left on an Apple warranty that stays with the device and not the owner.
He said those trying to unload their phones now are too late. He timed his sale to happen just prior to Apple announcing the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on
With his iPhone 5s financing in place, Fawcett said he can relax with fellow Apple enthusiasts camped out at the
Fawcett is always first in line.
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