best buy storefront

Oh Best Buy, my techy happy place. This familiar blue and yellow signage calls to me like spandex to an 80's aerobic instructor.

sell your cell phone in giant headache attached!

The other day, the family and I were browsing CDs, Blu-Ray discs and the usual assortment of tech gadgets that Nate swears we HAVE to have RIGHT now. I was listening to a strong argument for why we should invest in the latest season of Breaking Bad when I saw this intriguing sign. You're invited to sell your cell at Best Buy in exchange for a gift card worth up to $200!

See & Say on the iPhone

I carry around a veritable graveyard of outdated iPhones to keep the kids entertained on-the-go. I figured it was worth a shot to look into this sell your cell thing at Best Buy and get a gift card to put towards some more educational items for them. Or some trendy accessories for my current Samsung Galaxy S4. Whatever.

Sell Your Cell (No Hassle Involved)

best buy mobile desk
This photo cracks me up. Look at the expressions on everyone's faces.
And yes, Sidekick is dressed like a bear for no particular reason.

I was hesitant. My experiences selling cell phones in the past were, honestly, less than stellar. There have been a series of mail exchanges with internet-based services that have gone okay. It takes a really long time dealing with the online processing and mail-in evaluation service. I've gone the eBay route, but waiting for people to bid on your stuff is stressful. Then there's Craigslist, and we all know how crazy those Craigslisters can be. Now, my old tech junk winds up just piling up. But if this service can minimize the hassle, I figure it's totally worth a shot to sell your cell and upcycle it into something more useful at Best Buy!

Best Buy check for mobile upgrade eligibility

A friendly employee was able to look at my phone and offer me a gift card for it within minutes. My old, beat-up, child-chewed-on phone. I was surprised it was worth anything! They even have an online site where you can check your cell phone value ahead of time so that you know exactly what to expect in-store. No mailing back-and-forth, no hassle, and they do this every single day. While I was there, they also checked my mobile account  to see if I was eligible for an upgrade, and they told me about a service they have to transfer old contacts onto new phones for free. They also offer protection plans in case of cell phone mishaps.

Best Buy thief scanner

Totally random and awesome thing I discovered: when you sell your cell, they check your fingerprints to make sure you're not some criminal hawking stolen goods. That would be quite the genius master plan…why didn't I think of that? Oh, right, because I don't want to go to jail.

Waterproof screen

After my little adventure to customer service to sell my cell, I had to hunt the boys down. I can always find them in the back with all the fancy stuff. Waterproof mirror-TV, anyone? You can't miss the game for a little thing like dental hygiene!


Nate was mesmerized by this giant TV, which he informed me is called a 4K TV. Apparently it costs over twenty grand. Why then, I ask, do they call it a 4K TV? Shouldn't it be called a 20K TV? Hmmm?

If you're looking to sell your cell, check out a Best Buy Mobile Specialty store found locally in malls or neighborhood shopping centers! The staff is super-knowledgeable and doesn't work on commission, so it's the perfect place to investigate your next mobile purchase. Not only can they give you a gift card for your old phone, they can also get a new one activated for you on your plan or compare AT&T, Verizon or Sprint plans for you.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.