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We all laugh at the ‘brick’-style mobiles of the 1980s and ’90s or the silly flip phones of the early 2000s, compared to today’s ultra-slim and chic handsets.
However, many people don’t realise collecting certain mobile phones from these decades past and selling them on eBay can be a good way to make extra money.
Here’s our quick guide to doing this successfully:
As with all commodities, the rarer your vintage mobile phone, the more you will be able to charge for it. Which, in this case, means that handsets dating back to the 1980s are typically worth a lot more than those manufactured between the 1990s and now.
However, age is not the only thing that matters. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:
However, we conducted a quick search of our own and found the following are all good bets to get you more than £500 a pop:
Anything from small change to hundreds depending on what you’ve got.
If you have owned one of these phones and can’t remember what became of it, you might still have it in your attic or at the back of a cupboard, so it’s well worth having a rummage.
While the phones listed above can get you the big bucks, let’s just be honest – most of us don’t have these models lying around. And if we do, it may be too late to salvage them from the toy box or the junk drawer.
No need to despair, however, as you can even get pretty decent prices on eBay for more common stalwarts such as the Nokia 3310 and the Blackberry Pearl Flip (did you know you can actually find PDF versions of Nokia manuals online? Handy to know!)
Of course, there is also always the option of selling your discarded devices at electronics fairs or car boot sales. While you may not be able to market it to an audience as big as eBay’s, people who frequent these types of sales normally know exactly what they’re looking for (which might just be your old phone) and will pay good money for rare finds.
If you’ve just upgraded to a snazzy new phone and want to cash in on your old one, check out our article about recycling mobile phones.