Do you have old cell phones, gaming consoles, laptops, or other used and/or non-operable electronics in a closet somewhere gathering dust? Who doesn't? We tend to hang onto these items because throwing them away seems “wrong” somehow, even if they're not working. It seems like they could be of some use, or maybe they could be fixed one day, so we just stash them somewhere.
And then forget them for all eternity. Sound familiar?
But, that doesn't have to be the way the story goes! You can actually get rid of “electronics clutter” in your home and make some money while you're at it. You may not have thought so, but these items are worth a little money even in non-working order.
Below, I'm going to share with you five of the best ways you can cash in on your used electronics and free up much needed space in your home.
5 Ways To Cash In On Used Electronics
#1 – Send Used Electronics To BuyBackWorld
The easiest, most hassle-free way to get rid of your electronics (working or non-working) and make money in the process is by selling them to BuyBackWorld. This is one of the leading sites for this sort of thing. Basically all you do is visit their site, tell them what you have, and they'll send you an instant quote. Then, just ship your items to BuyBackWorld (free of charge with the pre-paid shipping label they provide), and they'll pay you the quoted price provided your items are in the condition you stated.
BuyBackWorld will take your old cell phones, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets, and even gift cards you don't want.
#2 – Sell Used Electronics On Ebay
I'm sure you've heard of Ebay. People have been using this site to get rid of their old stuff since the turn of this century. If you've ever been an Ebay seller, then you know how it works. You make a listing with good pics of your item, create a description being sure to state if the item works or is non-working, and set your price. You can either have it as an “auction” format where the highest bidder wins, or you can do “Buy It Now” with a set price for your item.
Things to keep in mind here when setting your price is that Ebay will take a percentage of what you sell it for, plus you'll have to ship the item out yourself, so make sure you're getting what you want to make when shipping and Ebay's fees are taken into consideration.
#3 – Sell Used Electronics On Facebook
Facebook has turned into a decent option for unloading stuff you don't want. You can list items in the Facebook Marketplace, local “yard sale” groups in your area, or just post them to your timeline to see if any of your friends are interested.
The advantage with selling on Facebook is that if you happen to sell to someone local, you don't necessarily have to deal with the hassle of shipping. You can just meet the person buying somewhere in your town and do the exchange in-person.
#4 – Trade Your Used Electronics
Many stores like GameStop, Target, and even Amazon will let you trade your used electronics in to get other items you may want at a discount. Some of these stores will even give you cash instead (depending on the condition of your items) if you'd prefer that.
While you can mail your items to these stores for trade-in, some of them will let you do trades in person as well, like GameStop and Target. This may be more convenient if any of these stores is local to you.
#5 – Put Your Used Electronics In An EcoATM
You may have seen these EcoATM kiosks around your local area. There are about 2,000 of them in service now across the United States. You can use these to recycle your electronic devices and get cash in your hands that day!
From what I understand, you interact with a live online operator through the kiosk who will give you a price for your item. After you put it in the attached bin, the kiosk will give you the cash immediately. They also have apps you can download to price your device on the go if you're in a hurry.
And that wraps up our list of ways to cash in on used electronics (even if they don't work).
Please comment below if you've done any of the above with success or tried any other methods. Good luck!
Post originally published on June 15, 2019. Updated and republished on May 15, 2020.