sellshark vs eBay

sellshark vs eBay

July 27, 2023

Don’t throw away that old electronic device you have laying around! Putting electronics in the trash not only contributes to the global waste crisis, but it also causes toxic waste to seep into the soil and damage the environment.


Instead, trade your device in for cash! In this Age of the Internet that we’re living in, there are so many ways to sell things online. Let’s talk about how you can get paid for your device through eBay and then compare that process to the one we have here at SellShark. We want you to make the most informed decision when you’re ready to sell your device so you can sell with the confidence that you’re getting the best deal.

Here’s everything you need to know about selling with sellshark vs Listing Your Device on eBay

Listing Fee

sellshark: None

eBay: eBay allows you to list 200 items for free per month. After that, each listing will cost $0.35.

Payout Fee

sellshark: None

eBay: In addition to the listing fee, eBay will also keep a percentage of the final selling price plus the cost of the shipping service that the buyer chooses. The percentage varies by product category, but most items have a final value fee of 10.2% with a maximum fee of $750 per item

Payout Speed

sellshark: Same day we receive your device.

eBay: The payout speed on eBay varies depending on the payment method the buyer uses.

PayPal payments are immediately sent directly to your PayPal account. Credit/debit card payments can take up to 90-days for new seller

Instant Offer

sellshark: Yes.

eBay: There is no instant offer when you list an item on eBay. You set the selling price for buyers.

What happens if something goes wrong?

sellshark: sellshark will return your device back for free if there is anything wrong with it or you no longer wish to trade it in.

eBay: A dispute will be opened, which can take weeks to resolve. Money can automatically be withdrawn from your account to solve the dispute.

Price Lock

sellshark: Your offer will stand at a locked price for 30-days.

eBay: Not Available

Data Protection

sellshark: sellshark wipes your data and factory resets your phone.

You are responsible for your own data.

Who is responsible for shipping costs?

sellshar: sellshark.

eBay: The seller (you)


sellshark: Everything is done online. You will only speak to professional sellshark employees, and you will never be asked to meet anyone in person.

eBay: You must communicate with a person you do not know and potentially meet up with someone if a local buyer would prefer to pick up your item in-person.


sellshark: sellshark support is available anytime you need help. Average response times are within a few minutes during business hours.

eBay: eBay support is very hard to get in touch with and response times vary.

We hope that this guide to selling on sellshark vs. eBay helps you make the best decision when selling your device online for money! If you have any questions about SellShark’s process that we have not answered here.

Selling on eBay

If you are looking to sell a smartphone that you have laying around, you can do so one of two ways on eBay:

  • Trade it into eBay Instant Selling
  • List the item for sale to the public

eBay Instant Selling

In 2018, eBay introduced their Instant Selling Program, which allows anyone to trade in their cell phones for an immediate payout. The process is as follows:

  1. Visit eBay’s Instant Selling page
  2. Enter your device’s model, carrier, capacity, color, and condition to see if it’s eligible for trade-in
  3. Upload images of your device, list it, and accept the terms
  4. If approved, you will receive a voucher that you can use to purchase items on eBay
  5. Remove the SIM card from your device and complete a factory reset
  6. Send your device to eBay with the shipping label they create for you within 2-days

Phones that are not eligible to sell with eBay Instant Selling:

  • Phones with broken screens, major dents, or fail to function properly
  • Phones with customized or modified software (unlocked phones are OK)
  • Phones that have been reported as stolen
  • Phones that have outstanding payment plans or carrier contracts

Phones that eBay Instant Selling is currently accepting:

  • Apple iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
  • Apple iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 8 & 8 Plus
  • Apple iPhone X
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 +
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 +
  • Samsung Note 8
  • LG V30
  • LG V40
  • LG G6
  • LG G7
  • Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL

Selling on sellshark

If you want to sell a device (in any condition!) and get cash for it fast, sell with sellshark. We will take your device in any condition whether you have a cracked screen, an out-of-date iPod, or a malfunctioning PlayStation. You name it, we’ll probably take it off your hands for a fair price. You can sell your device on SellShark in three easy steps:

1. Get an offer

Head to our website and find your device on the homepage. Answer a few questions about your device and we’ll provide you with an offer immediately. (Don’t see your device listed? Contact us for a custom quote.)

2. Print & ship

We will e-mail or snail mail you a pre-paid shipping label that you can use to track your package.

3. Get paid fast

As soon as we receive and inspect your device, we will deposit money directly into your account. If you prefer, we can also mail a check to your door.

SellShark gives you more options and more freedom when it comes to trading in your electronic devices. Start here to get cash for your old devices in just a few days!

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