Totally smashed. It was technically still usable- if you're into picking tiny shards of glass out of your fingertips.
I took this opportunity to reward myself with an early-birthday iPhone 5 (I'm a glass half-full kind of person if there ever was one), and I put the cracked phone on my nightstand to remind myself to list it on ebay. Apparently people pay money for cracked screen phones!
Then it sat there for two months, because listing things on ebay requires effort, time, and more prohibitively, a trip to the post office. Why is getting a package to the post office so damn hard? I don't know what it is.
Enter Gazelle. This company wants to give you money for your old phone, no matter what condition it's in. A few clicks informed me that they'd like to give me $50 for my cracked iPhone 4. More importantly, they also wanted to send me (for free) a box to mail it to them in, complete with free return shipping label, an ingenious little packing pouch, and even a piece of tape to seal the thing up with. Did someone say lazy? I did have to walk the ten steps out to the mailbox, but I'll deal.
A few days later I had $50 in my PayPal account.
Do you want $50 too? If your screen isn't cracked they'll give you $100. (And not just for iphones.) Use my link and they'll add an extra $10 for each of us. I don't know what the catch is either.
(FYI this is not a sponsored post. I just thought this was pretty cool and I like ten extra bucks just like everyone else.)