I am so sick of my Android. When I first bought it, I proudly trumpeted the motto “Droid Does”. Unfortunately after a few months, my Droid Didn’t. But to buy a new smartphone before my contract ended was out of the question. Fast forward 2 years, and I still have my Android. Why? Because now I’m waiting for the iPhone 5. I suppose I could have turned to eBay in the meantime, but that seemed like a lot of work. Sure, I’m web savvy, but like most people on the Internet, I want things to be as easy as possible. Enter Glyde: a website where you can buy and sell games, gadgets, and gear (and more).
As a buyer the site is super easy. You don’t have to login to browse, the search function has a type-ahead so you can find your desired product very quickly, and current editions of gadgets are clearly noted; and if they’re not current – which generation. Another cool feature is the “glydecast” (blog) where people can get answers to questions such as how to keep your phone secure, deal with water damage, and even how to upgrade early (rest assured I’m reading that next!). I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they’re actually a great resource. If I ever do get an iPhone and it gets water damage, I now know to submerge it in rice.
The best part about selling? It’s quick and painless. I don’t have to upload photos. I don’t have to create an account before I can see how much my item goes for. All I have to do is answer a few questions about the condition my item is in and Glyde fetches a photo and suggests a price. Plus, the site features a “sell it now” option where you sell the item directly to Glyde at a slightly lower price than what you might list it for. This is perfect if you just want to sell your gadget and get the money.
Most of the website makes sense, except for the DVD (and Blu-Ray disc) selection – it’s completely random. I found Fraggle Rock, 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels and Barbie: Princess Charm School alongside a lot of Harry Potter, Avatar, and Twilight. The video game selections, however, were far more… topical.
Likelihood of me using this website? Given recent rumors that iPhone 5 pre-orders will take place in September, I think I can hold out with my Android just a little bit longer. But browsing Glyde did remind me that I want a Kindle… From the looks of it, I won’t have to do much digging at all before I find a good deal.