Do you have some old cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, or even some old digital cameras tucked away in your home? Chances are you didn’t know how to properly dispose of your outdated technology. Or, maybe you thought that since the technology is older, it’s worthless. How about turning your used goods into easy cash or store credits?
Dig out those old cell phones, cameras, laptops and other outdated electronics. Don’t forget to gather anything that may have come with the item when you originally purchased it. You can usually get a few extra bucks if you have the original user’s manual, accessories, cables, cords, or any software that may have come with it when it was new. Once you’ve gathered your goods, you can then decide which method for selling option works best for you. Below are 3 options to get you on the path to collecting some cash! I’ve listed the options in the order of easiest to most effort-intensive.
Sites like Gazelle and CExchange Buy Your Electronics
Option 1: Go Green and Get Green! There are several companies that will buy your used electronics and most even pay the shipping costs for you to send the item to them! They specialize in refurbishing, reconditioning, or recycling electronics. Three such companies to compare prices at are:
Gazelle (http://www.gazelle.com/) – At Gazelle, you can opt to receive the cash or you can have the cash donated to your favorite charity. You can also set up “Gadget Drive” account where your friends/family/coworkers/etc. can donate their gadgets to your drive and 100% of the cash raised go directly to your cause. They pre-pay your postage and will even send you a box! An added bonus…they guarantee your item won’t end up in a landfill!
VenJuvo (http://www.venjuvo.com/) – At VenJuvo, the concept is the same as Gazelle. They pay for your items via check, PayPal, or a K-Mart gift card. While they do pre-pay your shipping, you are on your own for supplying a box.
CExchange (http://www.cexchange.com/) – At CExchange you can opt to receive cash or you can visit their link through Crutchfield (http://crutchfield.cexchange.com/) and exchange your old electronics for Crutchfield store credit! They also tout that your item won’t end up in a landfill.
Option 2: Just eBay It! This option takes some effort and research however, it will likely net you more money than Option 1 above. You may think that no one wants your old camera or cell phone but you would be wrong. I actually had a Sony digital camera that was at least 4 or 5 years old (4.1 Megapixels if that gives you an idea). CExchange was going to give me $29 for it but I researched it on eBay and found it was going for $60-$80 in very good condition. So, I did the work (took a picture of it, did the write-up, and listed it for 7 days). The winning bidder paid $76 plus $10 to ship it! That small extra effort made gave me $47 more than if I would have sold it to CExchange. So, bottom line is that if you are willing to do a little work, it could pay off.
Option 3: Craiglist (http://www.craigslist.org/) – Unless you’ve been under a rock somewhere, you’ve heard of Craigslist. This is the most widely used free classifieds know to the internet. The catch here is that after you list your item, you will then have to field phone calls and/or emails. Then, you would likely have to arrange for the buyer to come inspect or pick up the item. For newer technology and bigger ticket items, the effort may be worth it. However, Craigslist posters are often targeted for scams so be very careful when selling locally online.
Hopefully, these options give you some food for thought. In today’s world, it’s getting easier and easier to “go green” or make choices that benefit the environment and your wallet.
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