Last fall I told you about Glyde, an online service for selling iPhones, iPads, video games, Android and DVDs. If you go out and browse around the website you’ll find plenty to see. Several weeks ago Glyde contacted me to see if I’d like to try out a sale of my own, to see for myself how easy a transaction could be. I agreed to give it a try and they shipped me a refurbished iPad to list for sale. Setting up the sale was very simple. I had to create an account and then decide what condition the device was in. Glyde provides guidelines as to how to judge the conditions so it’s really a pretty straightforward decision. Based on what you select they give you a listing price. In addition to the listing price you are shown the amount that you’ll receive when the device ships. This is the amount minus the Glyde fees. I like the fact that this is presented up front, no hidden surprises. Glyde charges fees to list the items and for providing the shipping box and postage. For me, taking that money off the top in exchange for the ease of mailing out the product is totally worth it.*If this confused you see my update below, I need to clarify that Glyde doesn’t charge any fees up front.
After you’ve gone through the steps of identifying your item and agreed to everything, your is listed and now you wait. Once your item sells you’ll receive an email and next you’ll receive a shipping kit in the mail. This arrived just a few days after I received the email notification. The kit had everything I needed to ship the iPad out to its new owner. All I had to do was clean the screen (the screen cleaner was included with the kit), place it inside the box, make sure it was surrounded by the foam padding, tape the box (tape included) and place the shipping label on the outside. Postage is prepaid so I simply dropped it in the mail and that was that. After the iPad was delivered the buyer had a set amount of time to accept the product and once they did payment was released to my Glyde account. I was able to track all of this on the website. The entire process could not have been easier.
Right after I listed the iPad Glyde announced a new service called Sell & Tell. This is a social gifting platform that lets you offer friends and family discounts right after you list an item for sale. If they purchase your item you get a bonus. It’s integrated through Facebook so if you use that for a log in you’ll be all set.
I definitely plan on using Glyde again in the future. We have several video games that need to be sold and the next time we upgrade a device I’ll look here to sell my old one. The process was easy and took hardly any time at all, a major plus in my book.
*Update – Reading back over my post I need to clear something up. Glyde doesn’t charge any fees up front for listing your item. Nothing is charged until your item sells. What you are shown when you list is the price your item will sell for and then the amount you will receive, which is the price minus the fees. What I liked is being able to see this amount up front and not having to calculate shipping and percentages like you do with other online resale sites. Sorry about any confusion!
*Disclosure: Glyde provided me with a refurbished iPad to sell on their website and requested that the proceeds from the sale be given to the charity of my choice. Once my check arrives I will be donating the money straight away.