Used electronics are probably the hardest things to get rid of. You don’t want to throw them away, because that’s just wasteful. But, at the same time, it doesn’t seem like any secondhand vendors offer an acceptable price for them.
Well, you’re in luck because there are quite a few platforms online for you to sell used laptops, cellphones, smart watches, TVs, mp3 players etc. Some of them also give you a decent price for broken electronics.
Sell Used Devices for Cash
So without further delay, here are some of the best sites to sell electronic devices. Remember to read their FAQ before anything!
BuyBackWorld is a service that has an interesting history. It was started by two former workers on Wall Street that realized the value of the used electronics industry. The process for selling your phone on BuyBackWorld is incredibly simple. You simply select the electronic type you want to sell, the specific model of your device, and the carrier (if it’s a smartphone). BuyBackWorld will accept a device in any condition, even if its broken, which is great if you are into recycling. A broken iPhone 5S can get you $50, and a broken iPhone 6 can get you over $100. BuyBackWorld is mostly designed for U.S. users, but they do have international options.
Gazelle is arguably one of the most popular sites for exclusively buying used electronics. You can also buy used electronics on Gazelle as opposed to just selling them. Gazelle is also one of the safest options for you to sell used iPhones, macbooks, iPads and other electronics. It is one of the highest rated sites for this industry, and it has been acclaimed by all kinds of businesses and news outlets. The best thing about Gazelle, though, is that it serves nearly every address in the world. There are certain restrictions, based on your location, on what you can sell but that is ultimately the only limitation. This is the perfect site for any international user who wishes to sell used electronics.
On a side note… you can get the best deal for selling your old iPhone. You can compare prices from the leading recyclers with Freedom Mobiles to find the best trade-in price for your phone. Recyclers on their website do not charge commissions. They’re all listed for free. Recyclers featured on this site have a high 5-star rating compared to the average.
MaxBack specialises in buying back used and non-working electronic items. So much so they have a dedicated bulk buy program for corporations, businesses and schools. Although limited only to the US, they guarantee payments within a week’s time provided you live in the 50 contingent US states and can essentially print your own label and have a spare box to mail in your item. The process is fairly simple. you choose your device, carrier (if any) & condition; MaxBack will give you an instant quote that is valid for 30 Days. You then need to complete the sale by printing out the shipping label or ordering a shipping kit that can take 3-5 days. You get an extra $5 for your item if you print your own label and have your own box. Once they receive your item and check it for consistency, they will send you payment via PayPal or mail your Check. Recently, MaxBack has also ventured into selling Phones and Tablets, so you can easily swap items too.
uSell only serves the US, but it is worth mentioning on this list. uSell is an awesome alternative to sites like eBay because you sell directly to businesses, not people. The prices on uSell vary on the business and demand for your particular device, but it is pretty solid. It is also super simple to use. This is one place American citizens should keep in mind for an eBay or Craigslist alternative.
This one is a no-brainer, really, Of course you can sell used electronics on Amazon. Limited to the US at the moment, this is a no-hassle way to sell off your old stuff. While some people have some bad experiences with Amazon, it ultimately comes down to what you’re selling, the demand for that product, and the condition it is in. If you are selling a mid-range Android or Windows phone, you may as well get it out of your mind that you will make a ton on it. If you are selling something a little more high end like an iPhone, though, you can expect a decent return. Unlike some services, you can’t sell broken devices on Amazon. This can be frustrating for users who want to get rid of their old cracked phones. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, the service mentioned above (BuyBackWorld) is perfect. Amazon is great for selling used electronics, and you can get a decent return from it. Unlike others on the List, the Amazon Trade In Program also works for Books, Video Games and some other items.
Did you know Freedom Mobiles acts as a comparison site for all the recyclers in the region. They don’t advertise or take commissions — Just give consumers an informed choice of recyclers.
We mentioned CEX as a great place to buy used electronics, well they also purchase them from you. The catch is that this facility is not available everywhere CcX operates and two, that if you sell for cash then you get paid about 20% less. If however, you sell and take it in the form of CeX credit / voucher then you can get more money for each electronic item. CeX is a great place to do all these trade-ins / exchanges if you’re in the UK, Spain, Canary Islands, Ireland, Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, Italy & Australia.
And these are just a few of the reputable sites to sell off your used electronics. Ultimately it comes down to your region and the exact item you are trying to sell. So, go clear out those closets and storage totes and make some extra cash. Happy selling!
– With Quratulain Habib