Before upgrading to the Galaxy S10, the first thing to consider is selling your Galaxy S9. There are two ways to do this. The first is super fast and easy, but it can't make you as much money as you want. The second method takes a little more time and effort, but lets you load more for your device.
Before we jump into the nitty-gritty, please note that while this guide is written specifically for the Galaxy S9, most of it is for all other phones you own.
Alternative one: Quick and easy
To sell your phone as soon as possible, Gazelle.com is the way to go. Gazelle is a company that buys and sells pre-owned consumer electronics including phones and tablets. The sales process is easy: choose the phone you want to get rid of and share details as if it is unlocked or an operator version and what condition it is. The entire process takes less than a minute to complete, after which you get an offer from the company.
If you accept the offer, Gazelle will send you a box that you need to use to send your Galaxy S9 to the address. When it arrives, the company will inspect the unit and if everything checks out, you will be paid with a check, an Amazon gift card or via PayPal – the choice is yours.
There are other companies offering the same services including Blazing Electronics and Decluttr, but Gazelle is undoubtedly the most reputable. It offers as much as $ 220 for the Galaxy S9 and $ 275 for the Galaxy S9 Plus (64GB variants), although the final price depends on the condition.
You can shop your Galaxy S9 for a gift card or a discount on the Galaxy S10.
The alternative to Gazelle and similar services is to replace your Galaxy S9 for a gift card that you can then use to partially pay for the Galaxy S10. There are a number of retailers and operators offering this program, including Best Buy, Amazon and Verizon. The offers depend on the device's condition and are different from retailers to resellers, but to give you an estimate you can get as much as $ 310 for the 64GB variant of the Galaxy S9 and $ 364 for its larger brother from Best Buy.  Another option, probably the best one, is to replace your old Galaxy S9 when you buy the Galaxy S10. Not all retailers support this, but you can use this method when you buy the device from Samsung and Best Buy, among others. According to Samsung's website, you can get as much as $ 550 for your Galaxy S9 when shopping for the successor, which is a great deal.
Option 2: slower but more profitable
To make more money, you need to sell your Galaxy S9 directly to the end user. But remember that this method can take much longer and will require more work at the end. You have to check out competing offers online, enter a price, communicate with potential buyers, and then close the deal and send the product. The faster you do it better, as the phone gets worse less and less as time goes by.
eBay is the most obvious choice to sell your old Galaxy S9, as it is used by millions of people. There is a good chance that you can quickly sell your phone with the service, but there are some disadvantages to consider. The fees are relatively high and you probably get lots of emails from people who just waste your time.
eBay options include Swappa, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.
Swappa is also a good alternative. Although it does not have the same scope as eBay, you can make more money because there are zero seller fees. It is also a more specialized website, as it is purely focused on technical products. Then there are some other services you can use, including Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.
Whatever platform you join, be sure to promote your list on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks you use. People are much more likely to buy second-hand products from someone they know.
I have a buyer, now what?
Before closing the deal and sending your Galaxy S9 to the buyer, make sure you back up all the data you have on your device – pictures, documents, contacts … The next step is to do a factory reset as removes all data from your phone so that the new owner will not get to know your dirty little secrets.
When the transaction is complete and the money is in your account, it is time to shop. The Galaxy S10 phones are already in advance and will start delivering on March 8. Check out their prices below:
- Samsung Galaxy S10e – $ 750 (128GB), $ 850 (256GB)
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – $ 1,000 (128GB), $ 1,250 ( 512GB), $ 1,600 (1TB)
You can download the phones from all major carriers as well as resellers including Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart. It is worth speeding things up and pre-ordering the device (before March 7), as it gets you a free pair of the all-new Samsung earphones from Samsung Galaxy Buds, valued at $ 130.
You can pre-order your Galaxy S10 at Samsung's online store via the button below, or click here to see offers from other retailers and carriers.
There you have it – these are the best methods you can use to sell your Galaxy S9. What would you go with? Let us know in the comments!