Do you have a box of old, used and worn-out electronics that you just don’t use anymore? If you’re a millennial, then it’s quite likely you have multiple versions of tablets, various smartphones, old computers, and game consoles that are simply outdated. You’re likely overwhelmed by the clutter, so what can you do with these electronic devices?
It’s simple: sell it, trade it, or donate it (rhyme intended). Remember, you don’t need to take out loans in order to launch your own electronics store. All you have to do is some legwork or fingerwork online.
Don’t just toss it in the garbage. Although electronic waste, or e-waste, accounts for about 2% of the United States trash landfills, it does equal 70% of overall toxic waste. It’s estimated that between 20 and 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of globally each year.
Here are six ways you can sell your old electronics.
Sell It on Craigslist or Kijiji
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This old adage rings true even today. Whether you have an old Amazon Kindle or PlayStation 2, you can advertise your electronic device on Craigslist or Kijiji and sell it to somebody in your neighborhood. They will usually meet you to pick up the product, and you can save money on the middle man costs.
Take Advantage of These Websites
The Internet maintains a plethora of websites that allow you to sell your electronic junk and receive some dough in exchange. Right now, there are five prominent websites that can help you:
- Amazon Trade-in (https://www.amazon.com/l/9187220011)
- Best Buy Trade-in (https://www.bestbuy.com/site/services/best-buy-trade-in/pcmcat133600050011.c)
- Nextworth (http://nextworth.com/)
- Gazelle (http://www.gazelle.com/)
- eBay (https://www.ebay.com/)
We also recommend you grab one of those bill of sale PDFs and fill it out with the buyer if the item is worth more than $1,000. This document will protect you in case the buyer puts forth any claims regarding fraud. You will openly state that you sell the item in as-is condition, and the buyer will agree to it with their signature.
What Should I Do With My Computer Parts?
Your computer may not be worth much, but the parts are worth something. In most cases, someone will buy the computer and take out the parts themselves. Or, if you’re savvy enough, you can simply take out the parts yourself and sell each one individually.
Create an Online Auction on eBay
If you have a room in your home dedicated to technological products and you want to get rid of the junk, create an online auction on eBay. Who knows, you may have something worth a lot of money (like old Nintendo games, first-generation computers, and vintage game consoles).
Trade Your Device for Credit
Since the advent of smartphones, you likely have a collection of mobile devices. Everything from each new version of the iPhone to the old BlackBerry devices. Well, if you head on over to Apple or your wireless provider, then you can trade in these devices for credit or a new smartphone (as long as you subscribe to a plan).
Donate It for the Good of the Nation
Lastly, you have one option that won’t come with any monetary remuneration or credit: donation. You may be done with your tablet, but someone else may cherish it and be happy to have something in their hands.