Apple’s iPhone still has one thing ahead of most other smartphones: the price drop is relatively small and you can always sell your used iPhone quickly. There is actually no question as to whether it is more worthwhile to use a sales portal that buys your iPhone and then resells it or to sell it privately – in most cases you will get a much better price if you organize a sale yourself than if you did you simply send your smartphone to one of the services and leave the sale to a company. You can also get rid of all your accessories at the same time and make a new iPhone owner very happy.

However, these reseller providers save you time and hassle, and that’s worth a lot to many customers. The purchase prices vary greatly between the providers. This is also due to supply and demand. If you bring some time, you can simply check the price again and again. Experience has shown that the offer is of course often large at the time of a new iPhone launch and the price drops accordingly.

Who Buys iPhones?

The largest purchase portals in Germany are:


Are buying and selling portals worthwhile and which ones are there?

In addition to those already listed, there are many more – but we have already tested the four providers ourselves. There is also the Apple Trade-In program and, more recently, the Amazon Trade-In program in Germany. These two companies don’t always have the best deal, though.


    With Apple, however, the trade-in is particularly easy. There are fixed prices that you can see on a support page. However, this is also an estimated value that is corrected downwards, for example due to damage. In addition, the value is higher if you buy something new from Apple right away. The way is actually the most convenient, but unfortunately rarely the best deal. We clicked through the offers and offered a very good condition iPhone XR in red with 128 GB. These are the results:

    According to the support document, Apple gives up to 320 euros. With rebuy, on the other hand, there are around 422 euros. Flip4New pays up to 421 euros thanks to a promotion (with the code IPHONE2020 there is an extra 20 euros). Wirkaufens also gives 10 euros on top with a campaign (code HANDY10) and thus 447.78 euros. Zoxs offers 480 euros or 528 euros as a trade-in value – then you can use the credit to shop at Incidentally, Amazon would only offer a purchase price of 282 euros.

    Finally, a look at Ebay and Ebay Classifieds. According to Ebay, you can currently find the device there for around 475 euros “price trend”. You can always try to get a better price there.

    How do I get the best price for my iPhone?

    Of course, well-kept devices always have a better chance of selling for a good price. If the iPhone was equipped with a protective case and screen protector, it can still look like new even after intensive use.

    But it is even more important that you never go into the sale with false information. Does your iPhone have small scratches or is the battery no longer the best? Then include that as well. Most of the problems with the purchase services are with devices that, from the companies’ point of view, do not match your description.


    Purchase portals make life easy. Within a few minutes you can create an account, store all your data and have your smartphone appraised. You also get a free shipping option, so you basically don’t have to worry about anything except packing the iPhone. As soon as your iPhone has arrived at the portal, it will be evaluated again and you will receive a final offer. Good to know: Most services still give you the option to stop the sale. If the offer still seems too bad for you, you can simply have it sent back to you.

    If you are now ready and know how you want to sell your iPhone, we also recommend the article “Preparing to sell your iPhone: You have to pay attention to this”. This is a workshop that shows you how to delete your iPhone and resets.

    Now it’s your turn: Have you ever tested one of the providers? What was your conclusion and would you do it again?