GoMo uncovers massive recycling price discrepancy

We get 3x more for our BlackBerry than the lowest offer

higher price than on ebay - dennis

Whilst upgrading from a regular BlackBerry 7 handset to a more powerful BB10 based Q5 smartphone, GoMo News has accidentally discovered a massive discrepancy in prices being paid by recycling companies in the UK. We achieved more than three times the amount offered by the lowest bidding recycling company – £31 as opposed to £9. It proved that consumers really need to shop around and that one recycling price comparison site – SellMyMobile in particular is much better than the opposition.

It is well worth pointing out that the BlackBerry handset we were selling – a Curve 9320, is still a popular model and therefore worth more than the scrap value of its components.

For example, as we wrote back in September 2012 -the 9320 was discovered to be a surprise best seller in research carried out by Uswitch.com.

The site which GoMo News until now had regarded as the original recycling price comparer – Omio has virtually dropped out of the price comparison sector.

Its ‘Recycle Mobile Phones’ page is hidden under the Tools option on the site (see here). Plus half of the links to six suggested sites on that page no longer work.

One of the links is to Mozumba which again we regarded as one of the industry pioneers.

Mozumba was also one of the sites which offered us the least amount of money for the handset – £9.

Other sites which Omio mentions included Envirofone which offered £15 and Fonebank which offered £16.

We’ve written about recycling price comparison site – SellMyMobile before so we decided to give the site a try.

To our surprise the site found the best offer available – from RPC Recycle which offered £31.

We elected to send the handset to the company by the recoded mail postal system, so our net profit will be around £30.

“We were surprised by the results of our research,” observed Tony Dennis, managing editor of GoMo News.

“The best bid of £31 was significantly higher than you could expect to achieve on eBay where a locked Curve 9320 was going for £19.”

He continued,”Most consumers also seem to be unaware that you can sell your old handset back to your current MNO [Mobile Network Operator] or MVNO [Mobile Virtual network Operator].”

“In this case EE (which now owns Orange) offered £14 to buy back one of its old handsets. That’s about half what it’s possible to achieve.”

GoMo News suspects that RPC has connexions with Asian countries such as India and Indonesia where BlackBerries are still prized and very much in demand.

Our research does prove, however, that it really does pay to shop around.

About Hans Cett

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC - http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/
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