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Stop Hoarding Used Electronics

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We all have old electronics lying around, and sometimes it’s challenging to figure out what to do with them, especially since they take up space. Instead of simply tossing them out, why not try your hand at selling them?

Why Sell?

There are many reasons why selling old electronics is a great idea. 

  • It helps you declutter your home and gives you some extra cash simultaneously.
  • Earn Money
  • Buy newer electronics with the cash
  • Good for the environment

And the best part about selling is it’s easy! There are many ways you can go about selling old electronics, whether it be in person or online. 


There are marketplaces, like Facebook Marketplace, which are online spaces where you can list various items you want to sell, especially electronic items. 

Once you log in, navigate the platform to the Marketplace. From there, you’ll need to upload images, add a short description, and set your desired price. Fortunately, there are no fees to list or sell, but buyers may try to negotiate and price accordingly.  

You can visit your potential buyer’s page to review past feedback to ensure they’re serious buyers and not trying to scam you. Once you make the deal, you and the buyer must meet in person to make the exchange.


If you’re not one to trust online sites, there are other ways you can sell old electronics in person.

  • Take your items to your local pawn shop or consignment store. This can be a quick and easy way to get cash for your old electronics. However, you will likely not get as much money as you would if you sold the item online.
  • Try posting a classified ad in your local newspaper or on community bulletin boards. This may not reach as many people as selling online, but it can be a viable choice to get rid of your items quickly.
  • Hold a yard sale. It’s a great way to meet buyers and a quick and easy way to sell electronics.
  • Buy a spot in a flea market. Flea market spots sell for cheap, and it’s a great way to showcase your items to a crowd of people.

Whatever way you choose to sell your items in person, make sure you’re being safe like that. If you’re meeting with someone who responded to an ad you posted, meet in a public place with plenty of witnesses for your safety.


Another option available to sellers is to list your items online on websites like eBay, Gizmojo, or Craigslist, and then ship the items to the customer or arrange to meet them in person. This can be an excellent way to reach a larger audience of potential buyers, as hundreds of people browse these sites daily. You’ll need to take quality photos of your items and write detailed descriptions to attract buyers, and you can sell phones, laptops, and tablets.

How to be Safe Selling Electronics

Wipe all personal data from your device. This is important for both privacy and security reasons. A factory reset may not be enough, so it’s best to use specialized software or services to completely erase your data.

If you’re arranging to meet the buyer, meet in a public place, not somewhere private and especially not in your home. This will help protect your safety and the safety of your family.

Tips for Selling Your Old Electronics

When selling old electronics, there are things you’re going to want to keep in mind.

  1. Figure out what your item is worth. Don’t take the first offer you get, no matter how lucrative – shop around and see what different buyers are willing to pay. You want to try to get the most for your items.
  2. Make sure your item is in good condition. A clean product that functions well will fetch a higher price than one that’s battered and bruised, though good money can also come from broken devices.
  3. Gather any of the accessories and documentation that came with the item that you may still have. These can add value to electronics, especially if they’re in good condition or hard to find.
  4. Package everything up carefully. Buyers are more likely to pay more for items that look like they’ve been well cared for.

Doing these things can help ensure you get the most money for your old electronics. 


There are many ways to financially benefit from old electronics you have lying around, and it’s a much better way than merely tossing them out.