Electronic devices eventually become obsolete as we replace them with newer
models. In many cases, the old items aren’t worth a lot of money. But getting
something for them is often more desirable than just giving them away or throwing them
out with the trash.
Before dismissing those old electronics to the closet or kitchen drawer, consider
selling it. Someone else might be thrilled to own it.
There are a number of options for receiving some value from those old devices:
1. Trade it into Amazon. Amazon Trade-In is a program that will give you credit
for your electronic item.
After providing Amazon with an accurate description of the item, they will
present you with an offer. If you accept it, you then send the item to
Amazon at their expense. After inspecting the item, they give you an
Amazon gift card.
2. Nextworth.com has a similar program. The basic logistics are the same, but you
have additional payment options. You are able to choose between a check,
receiving money in your PayPal account, or a Target gift card.
In fact, if you’d rather not go through the hassle of shipping your item, you
can drop it off at your local Target store in exchange for a gift card.
3. EBay Instant Sale. EBay provides a fast and easy way to get rid of your items.
The items can even be non-functioning. The process is similar and you’ll have
the money in your PayPal account within 5 business days of eBay receiving
your item. As common as PayPal has become, a free PayPal debit card is worth
4. Sell your item locally or with an eBay regular sale. This method of selling to
another individual is likely to put the most money in your pocket. Keep in mind
that selling your item to a business means that they’re going to resell it for a profit.
There are plenty of additional websites that provide a means of getting some value
out of those old devices. Gazelle is probably the most well known.
Consider these tips to get the highest possible price for your electronic items:
1. Sell your item at the best time. The best time is as soon as possible. Once you
have replaced the item, immediately get rid of the old one. Letting the item sit in
a drawer for six months will only result in getting less money.
2. Keep all the accessories. You’ll get considerably more money if you can provide
the charger, box, instructions, and any other items that came with your device.
Get in the habit of keeping all those extra items together in the closet,
starting from as soon as you first purchase the electronic product.
3. Name-brand items tend to hold their value better. For example, an old iPhone
is worth quite a bit more than the vast majority of other cell phones. It’s
something to consider when purchasing your electronic devices.
4. Be accurate in your descriptions. If you’re not accurate, the item will ultimately
receive a lower offer or be rejected altogether. Before shipping or selling any electronic device, ensure that all private information is wiped clean from the item.
Many of these items, particularly cell phones, can hold an extensive amount of personal information.
Avoid letting those old devices gather dust. You could be getting a significant amount
of money for some of them. Even a few dollars is better than ultimately throwing
them in the trash.