If you’re like most people, you probably have a few old iPhone boxes lying around your house. Maybe you’ve upgraded your phone and kept the boxes because… it’s a good box! (I know I’m not the only one).
But did you know that you can actually sell iPhone boxes? While you’re not going to sell it for the price of an actual iPhone, how often can you say you made a couple of bucks selling empty boxes?
There really is a market for iPhone boxes, and if you have some lying around your house from an old phone, you could sell them to make a few bucks. In this post, I’ll go over everything you need to know to make money selling empty iPhone boxes.
Interested in making money reselling online? Here are some resources:
- eBay Cheat Sheet: Quick Tips & Tools For Beginners
- How to Find the Best Selling Items on eBay (5 Ways I Swear By!)
- 13 Things to Look for at Thrift Stores to Resell for Profit
- First Time Selling on Ebay? Tips for New Ebay Sellers
Why Do People Buy Empty iPhone Boxes?
Buying an empty iPhone box may seem strange to some, but there are a few reasons someone might want to. Here are some of the most common reasons:
Some people collect Apple products and accessories, and having the original box can add value to their collection. Apple is known for its sleek and minimalist packaging, so having an empty iPhone box on display can be aesthetically pleasing. Some collectors may want to use the box as a prop in photos or videos. Plus, it just feels more complete if you have the box, too.
Anyone hoping to sell their iPhone may have thrown out or damaged the old box and want to be able to sell the complete package. A lot of people are willing to pay a higher price for a phone that comes with the original packaging. Why? Because having the box gives the impression that the phone has been well taken care of and is in good condition.
Unfortunately, some people will try to scam others by selling empty iPhone boxes as if they contain a real phone. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen!
How much can I sell an empty iPhone box for?
If you have an empty iPhone box lying around, you might wonder if you can sell it for extra cash. The answer is yes, you can sell an iPhone box, and depending on the condition and model, you may be able to get a decent amount of money for it.
However, keep in mind that the value of an empty iPhone box depends on several factors, such as the model, the condition, and whether or not it includes accessories. While AppleInsider shared that an original iPhone box from the first generation can be worth up to $30,000 if it’s still sealed and in mint condition, most iPhone boxes won’t fetch that kind of money.
On average, empty iPhone boxes can sell for anywhere from $5 to $50, depending on the model and condition. Here are some examples of sold listings for empty iPhone boxes so you can see for yourself.
But to find out how much your box might sell for, I highly recommend searching sold listings for the model iPhone box you have for an accurate idea of how much you’ll be able to earn.
Where to Sell iPhone Boxes
If you have an iPhone box lying around and want to sell it, your best bet will be eBay or Mercari.
Don’t have a Mercari account? Use this link to sign up for an instant $10 credit AND a bonus $50 credit when you sell $100 worth of stuff on Mercari!
Between the two, I personally recommend Mercari for a couple of reasons. The first is that from my research for this article it looks like they sell for a little bit more on Mercari for some reason.
Also, if you use this link to sign up for Mercari, you’ll get a $50 credit when you earn your first $100! You might earn $5-$15 for your iPhone box, then you can gather any other empty Apple boxes you have, and other items around your house, make some cash, and get an extra $50 credit to spend on Mercari.
It’s like a reward for making money!
Here are more tips for selling on Mercari:
- Best Things to Sell on Mercari to Make Money FAST
- Is Mercari Better than eBay for sellers?
- Selling On Mercari: A Complete Guide
- Is Mercari Legit? Here’s the Truth!
Tips for Selling Empty iPhone Boxes
If you’re ready to sell your empty iPhone box, here are some tips to help!
Make Your Listing Clear
When creating your listing, be clear about what you’re selling. Clearly state that you’re selling an empty iPhone box, and that NO iPhone is included. Include the model of the iPhone that the box originally came with. Be honest about the condition of the box and mention any flaws or damage the box might have.
Take Good Photos
When taking photos of the box, take clear and well-lit pictures from multiple angles, including inside the box. Show any damage or flaws in the photos so the buyer knows exactly what they’re getting. If you have the original plastic wrap or stickers that came with the box, include photos.
Figure Out How to Ship It
Before you list your empty iPhone box for sale, figure out how to ship it. For USPS, First Class will always be the cheapest for anything under 1lb.
Find a very light box to put it in so it doesn’t get damaged in transit, or bubble wrap it and put it in an envelope to keep it safe. Weigh it so you can charge appropriate shipping on eBay or Mercari.
So, while I can’t claim that you can make a lot of money selling old boxes, your empty iPhone box could make you a few bucks, and that’s a few more than you had before!
In fact, I started my reselling business with $0 upfront just decluttering items around the house, and if you want to start with your iPhone boxes that could be a great beginning to a new side hustle that makes you a few hundred dollars a month.