BuyBackTronics – what do we do?

We offer a platform for you to sell your previously loved electronic devices in an easy, convenient and risk-free manner. We understand that selling on online marketplaces can be daunting and is not for everyone. We provide an alternate choice and strive to ensure that our service alleviates the inconvenience and risks involved whilst still offering fair value for your device. Every BuyBackTronics trade-in is handled in a streamlined manner with constant updates throughout the process.

What do we do with your devices?

Every device received is thoroughly tested and graded. We then input it into our system along with any notations specific to it. A good majority of the devices we receive end up being resold as-is. Some devices are repaired and re-sold and some end up being sold for parts.

Why should I trust BuyBackTronics with my device?

Due to the unique reverse nature of our business, there aren't many prepackaged solutions available to easily and quickly get going. We have invested considerable amount of time and money into the design and development of our website along with our warehouse operations to be competitive in this industry. We are in this business for the long haul and it would be a poor business decision to risk losing all of this for small short term gains. We recommend researching our reviews on Google and visiting our Better Business Bureau page to verify our A rating.


How does it work?

There are several stages to our process:

  1. Go to buybacktronics.com
  2. Find the electronics you want to sell and get a quick quote based on your device specifics.
  3. If you're happy with your quote, go through our checkout process, print a shipping label and/or request for shipping materials.
  1. Prepare your device(s)
  2. Package your device(s)
  3. Ship, at no cost to you.

You can download your free shipping label at checkout, or from the subsequent trade-in quote e-mail that will be sent to the e-mail address you provided.

If you've requested for shipping materials, they should be on their way (your shipping label will be included), once received and your device has been prepped and packaged – you're ready to ship out!


Once your device has arrived at our facility, it will be thoroughly inspected within 5 to 7 business days. If your description of the device is found to be accurate, the trade-in will be accepted. If any discrepancies are found the quote will be amended, and an email with an amended offer will be pending your approval.


Once the device passes through inspection and is accepted, get paid within 1 business day through eCheck or PayPal or you can have a Check mailed to you.


How do I determine if my phone is Unlocked?

Since we pay more for unlocked phones, the absolute sure way to confirm that your phone is unlocked is to call your service provider. If it's not, ask them if they can unlock it before you trade it in and submit your device as unlocked.

How can I accurately “Grade” my device condition?

Our grading guideline is quite self-explanatory and easy to use. However, if you're unsure, just select the condition that you feel best describes your device. If we feel the need to adjust, we will let you know.

Does the trade-in quote expire?

Yes, your device must be shipped within 14 days of the date of your trade-in.

Why is an offer amended?

An offer is amended after the device goes through the inspection process and is found not to match the device specifics that were selected by the customer.

What if I don't agree with the amended offer?

If you do not agree with the amended offer, you can request for the device to be re-inspected. The device will be evaluated by a different specialist, after which the offer will either be revised or stay the same, at which point you have the option to either accept the offer or request to have your device back.

What if I don't receive my trade-in quote summary confirmation e-mail?

The trade in quote summary not only serves as a confirmation of your quote but also contains important pre-shipment instructions. If you have not received your e-mail please check if you entered a valid e-mail address or check your Spam/Junk folder and add BuyBackTronics to your Safe Senders list.

Do you accept international trade-ins?

Currently, we only accept trade-ins from within [50] United States.

What are some of the third party sites I can use to check the details/status of my device?

For Apple products Check Coverage (Apple) – To find model, capacity

For ESN CheckESNFree.com – To check ESN status of your device

For iCloud locks iPhoneOX.com – To check if your device is iCloud clear

Can I sell my activation locked or blacklisted devices?

We do not purchase blacklisted devices, under any circumstances. Furthermore, we do not purchase iCloud/Google FRP/MDM locked devices.


Is my package insured?

Our basic insurance option covers up to $100 per trade-in. Coverage applies to a device(s) within a trade-in damaged in transit to our facility via UPS or FedEx. To fully insure your trade-in prior to shipping, you can choose to add insurance at checkout for a fee which will be deducted from your final trade-in amount. Additional coverage does not qualify for any of the following scenarios:

  1. Any package that arrives empty
  2. Any package that is missing items
  3. Any package containing items that are different from your selected description
  4. Item(s) arriving damaged due to inadequate packaging.

Any claims denied by either UPS or FedEx will not be covered. Lastly, BuyBackTronics reserves the right to deny a claim due to discrepancies found in the information provided or due to suspicion of fraud, irrespective of the courier's verdict on said claim.

How do I get a shipping label and materials?

When you complete the trade-in quote process and checkout, you will have the option to select between requesting just a shipping label or a shipping label with shipping materials. You can download the shipping label at checkout or from the trade-in quote summary confirmation e-mail that will be sent to you once you complete checkout. Alternatively, you can wait for your shipping label to arrive with your shipping materials, if you requested for them.

Should I send along my SIM card?

No, we do not need your SIM card for the inspection process. You can go ahead and remove it. If however, you have forgotten to remove your SIM card, we will ensure that we dispose it as part of the inspection process.

Should I send along my box/accessories?

The only items that you should send along with your phone are the ones that you included when generating the quote. We generally only pay for original new/sealed accessories and unfortunately are unable to accept/pay/save or return any accessories you may include with your device that are not part of the trade in quote.

Can I use my own packaging materials?

In the interest of saving time and helping us keep costs down, so that we can offer you the highest value possible for your device(s) we encourage you to use your own shipping materials. Just ensure that your electronics are safely and securely package so that they don't get damaged in transit.

Can I pay for my own shipping?

We discourage you from doing so. When doing so, we cannot confirm any insurance coverage for your package. Additionally, because we receive bulk shipping discount from carriers, we will not be able to reimburse you for your cost of shipping.

What if my package weighs more than what is stated on the shipping label?

Don't worry about it. Carriers bill us on an actual basis based on what they receive at the time of shipping.

How do I ship my package?

Once you have prepped your device, packaged it and are ready to ship it, drop it off at the nearest location of the carrier that you have the shipping label for. Please note that we DO NOT recommend dropping off your device at a drop off location, but at a physical location where you can receive a receipt confirming that your package was received.

Can I track my package?

Yes, you can track your package using the tracking number provided on your shipping label. Additionally, once we receive and scan your package, you will automatically receive an e-mail letting you know the same.

What if my device(s) are received damaged?

Insurance claims can ONLY be filed for packages that WERE packaged securely and that appear to have been damaged due to mishandling in transit AND used our prepaid shipping labels. If you did not opt for additional insurance, the carrier will only cover up to $100 for any theft or damage during transit. If you did opt for additional insurance, your compensation will depend on the additional coverage purchased.

NOTE: Packages arriving empty, missing items or containing the wrong items will not be covered. Coverage is only offered to devices that get damaged or lost while on their way to our facility.

Poorly packaged items will not qualify for coverage. If you did NOT use our prepaid shipping labels, you will have to check for insurance coverage with your carrier.

What if I cannot print my shipping label?

Unfortunately, we are only able to send a physical label when a shipping kit is requested, however, labels can be printed at any FedEx or UPS location, as well as at your local library.


How are the devices inspected?

Your device(s) are inspected by our inspection specialists to confirm if all the product attributes selected ex: model, carrier, capacity, condition match the device(s) received. If they are, your trade-in quote is accepted and your payment will be processed per the preferred payment method selected. If there is a discrepancy found, an amended quote will be sent to you, waiting for your approval.

All devices undergo numerous checks such as the authenticity of the device and if the device shows up as financed/lost/stolen. Devices are also checked for water damage and battery life.

Do you open devices for repair?

We do not open or repair any customer devices. They are our customer's property until we have bought them.

What happens to my personal data on my devices?

If you have not already reset the device(s) as recommended before you sent them to us, rest assured that all your personal data is wiped as part of the inspection process once it arrives at our facility.


Will my device be returned to me if I reject an amended quote?

Our process always has and always will remain a no-obligation process. If you are not satisfied with our amended offer, you can either request for a re-inspection or to have the device(s) returned to you.

Are returns free?

Free return shipping does not apply in certain situations. Instead, you will be responsible for covering for return shipping. Items falling under the following categories DO NOT qualify for free return shipping:

  1. Devices that are significantly misrepresented
  2. Devices found to be Activation/iCloud/FRP/MDM/Firmware locked
  3. Blacklisted/Financed devices
  4. Items not on our catalog/items we do not purchase
  5. Retracting your trade-in after it has been shipped and before item has passed inspection.
  6. Retracting your trade-in after item has passed inspection and has been accepted as submitted.
  7. Phones from carriers that are not listed on our website
  8. Items that cannot be authenticated or are counterfeit

Return shipping cost starts at $20 and increases depending on the size and quantity of items being returned.

When are returns processed?

Your return will be processed the next business day. You will receive an email confirming that your return has been processed along with a tracking number.

How long will it take for my returned device(s) to be delivered to me?

All returns are shipped either via USPS Priority or First Class Mail and typically arrive within 2-5 business days.


How do I get paid?

We currently offer three payment methods – Check, eCheck or PayPal.

When do I get paid?

Within one business day of your device being inspected and found to match your selected description.

How long it takes you to receive your payment will depend on your preferred method of payment, with eCheck being the fastest and least expensive method of payment.

What if I want to change my preferred method of payment or payment information?

For security reasons, the only way to change payment preferences or information once your trade-in quote has been submitted is by sending us an email to [email protected] from the email address used to create your trade-in.

What purpose does creating an account serve?

At BuyBackTronics, we like to foster a long term relationship with our customers. We want you to keep coming back! Creating an account helps you keep track of past or present trade-in quotes or manage multiple trade-ins. It also speeds up your subsequent visits so that you don't have to re enter all your information again.


How do I create an account?

Creating an account is easy. Just click on the "Sign Up" link at the top right corner of the page. You can also create an account during the checkout process.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

  1. What is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)?

    Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your account. It requires two methods of verification before granting access.

  2. Why use 2FA?

    2FA enhances your account security. Even if someone knows your password, they can't access your account without the second verification method.

  3. What methods of 2FA do you offer?

    We provide three methods:

    • Authenticator App: Generate codes using an app like Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator and Authy.
    • Security Keys: Passkeys, physically insert a key or connect via Bluetooth.
    • Backup Codes: Use one-time codes if other methods are inaccessible.

  4. How do I set up 2FA?

    Setting up 2FA is easy:

    • Authenticator App: Install the app, scan the QR code in settings.
    • Security Keys: Use a Passkey, insert a key or connect via Bluetooth.
    • Backup Codes: Generate codes in settings, then save them.

  5. Can I use multiple 2FA methods?

    Yes, you can set up multiple methods for flexibility.

  6. What if I lose access to my method?

    If you lose access to your method, you can use a backup method. We recommend setting up multiple methods to avoid this.

  7. Are these methods secure?

    Each has its considerations. SMS and app can be intercepted, security keys are very secure, and backup codes should be stored safely.

  8. Can I disable 2FA?

    Yes, but it's recommended to keep it enabled.

  9. Need help with 2FA?

    If you need help, please contact support.