How many tech gadgets such as old phones, tablets and video games do you have sitting in your house, unused in a drawer or closet? Nowadays it is easy to sell your used electronics and make some quick cash.
From apps to sell your old items, or local stores, we have compiled a list of places to sell them that fits your schedule.
In This Article
- Best Places to Sell Your Old Electronics
- 1. SellCell
- 2. Amazon
- 3. Decluttr
- 4. Swappa
- 5. Gazelle
- 6. eBay
- 7. Facebook Marketplace
- 8. OfferUp
- 9. Sellshark
- 10. Buy Back World
- 11. Green Buyback
- 12. ItsWorthMore
- 13. GizMogul
- 14. Craigslist
- 15. Gadget Salvation
- 16. YouRenew
- 17. SellBroke
- 18. MaxBack
- 19. uSell
- 20. NextWorth
- 21. iPhone Antidote
- 22. Facebook Sale Groups
- 23. EcoATM
- Trading in Your Electronics
Best Places to Sell Your Old Electronics
Here is our list of best places to sell your old electronics. Keep in mind that some pay out in cash, other in gift cards and for some, in store credit. Find the one that best fits you.
SellCell makes shopping around for the best place to sell your electronic easy. Enter your item you want to sell and they compile a list of top buyers.
Not only does SellCell let you sell your phones, they also accept:
- Gaming devices
- Smart home tech
Simply find your item, then see the list of buyers. From there, click the get paid button and SellCell takes you directly to that buyer to process your sale.
How will I get paid? SellCell typically pays out via these options: PayPal, check or Amazon e-gift card.
If you look up your item on Amazon and see that others are selling an identical or similar model, it may be a good idea to try and sell your item there. When I looked up my old Moto G phone, used ones were selling for between $75 and $125.
The condition of the item is going to make a difference when it comes to selling on Amazon or other sites. You will pay listing and final sell fees with Amazon.
Decluttr is an easy-to-use site that let’s you get rid of your electronics, video games, tablets, cell phones, CDs and DVDs. If you use the app, it has a bar-code scanner, which makes listing your items easy and accurate.
The best part is, there’s no shipping costs to send your items in to Decluttr and you’ll be paid via PayPal the next day after your items are received.
With Swappa you can sell gently used smart phones, laptops, gaming systems and other electronic items. This company does not allow users to sell broken items – only items in proper working condition can be sold.
They don’t charge listing fees, however Swappa does charge a selling fee after your item sells. According to their website, the selling fees they charge are significantly less than what you would pay on eBay or similar sites.
Gazelle will buy your electronics too but buys a limited number of brands as well. It looks like they deal primarily in Apple, Samsung and Sony products.
After you get your offer price from Gazelle (it takes less than a minute to do that in most cases), you can enter your information and the company will send you a box for free shipping.
After the product is received, they examine it carefully. If it’s in the condition you stated it was you’ll get your full price payment. If not, they’ll send you a counteroffer for a lower price.
eBay can be a great place to sell used electronics as well; even non-working items may sell for parts or to those who refurbish and resell.
I find it helpful when buying and selling on eBay to pay close attention to reviews. The higher the reviews, the less likely you are to have a bad experience as you sell your stuff.
Remember as you set your price to take listing, selling and shipping costs into account.
7. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace is a relatively new venue for selling your stuff. The goal of the site is to create a potentially more secure atmosphere than selling on an anonymous site such as Craigslist. Look for your local neighborhood and community pages to sell your treasures.
Neighborhood sellers will use terms like PPU (Porch Pick Up). Simply put your item out on the porch, schedule the pick up and money transfer (Zelle, Venmo, PayPal)
Bonus: No fees when selling here.
OfferUp recently merged with Letgo. It’s free to list your electronic or other items for sale and there are no selling fees either. Be sure to use appropriate safety measures when meeting up with potential buyers.
OfferUp is active in all fifty states, and in several cities in each state as well.
See our full review here.
Sellshark’s home page says they’ll “buy your device regardless of condition”. They buy a limited number of brands. For instance, I couldn’t find that they would buy my Motorola phone.
- Apple pencil
Check out the site to see if they accept the brand name electronic item you’re looking to sell.
After you accept their offer Sell Shark works to get you your cash as soon as you send your product to them. Sellshark will accept damaged products too.
10. Buy Back World
Buy Back World works similarly to Gazelle. You enter the details about your electronic item, they give you an instant quote, and if you accept it they send you a box for shipping.
When the product arrives, they inspect it and pay as promised if the condition is as stated, or send you a counteroffer if it’s not. You have thirty days to accept the offer after it’s given. After that you need to resubmit for a new offer price.
11. Green Buyback
The Green Buyback website states that it offers the highest prices in the industry for used electronics. As with some of the other companies listed here, Green Buyback will give you a quote and then wait for your item to arrive so they can inspect it before final payment.
These guys offer a free shipping label however they do not send a free shipping box. They do give instructions on how to package your items safely, though.
Their goal is to make sure you get paid within 24 hours of when they receive your electronic item. PayPal payments are given instantly, however if you request a check for payment it could take a few days to arrive.
ItsWorthMore gives you an instant quote on your item as soon as you enter it. They’ll send you a free shipping label (but not a box) so that you can send your item to them for inspection.
You have fourteen days to get it to them. If the item is in worse condition than suggested, they’ll send you a counteroffer that you have three days to respond to.
Upon acceptance of a deal they’ll pay via PayPal or by sending a check.
GizMogul will buy your used smart phones, tablets, smartwatches, MacBooks, and more. After you’ve entered your device information and accepted their offer, they’ll send you a prepaid shipping mailer.
Once they receive your device and find it in the condition stated, they’ll pay you as fast as one to two days via PayPal, or longer if you wish to be mailed a check.
GizMogul does accept broken items, and as with many of the companies listed here, the offer they give you for your device is good for thirty days.
You probably already know a lot about how to sell electronics and other items on Craigslist. You can list pretty much any electronic item for sale there, as you never know what people will buy.
Even broken items could sell to the right buyer, and there are no listing or selling fees to pay.
Remember to use safety precautions such as meeting in a public place and telling others where you are going when you sell via Craigslist and similar types of sites.
See our related article here.
15. Gadget Salvation
Gadget Salvation takes “pretty much” any electronic item in any condition, according to their web site. Examples of items they buy include laptops, cell phones, smart phones, GPS units, MP3 players, video gaming consoles, etc.
After you receive and accept your offer, they’ll send you a free pre-paid shipping label and you can box up your items and send them in.
The site says they’ll try their best to issue your payment within 24 hours of receiving your item, but to expect it to take 48 hours to show up in PayPal.
YouRenew will pay you for your used electronics, however they only pay via U.S. post office mailed check and not via PayPal.
I couldn’t find a complete list of items this company buys, however the site did say that popular items that you can sell include iPhones, Blackberrys and iPads.
Items that are deemed “no value” can also be turned in and will be recycled, but don’t expect any cash for them.
A prepaid shipping label is sent out at no cost to you once you accept YouRenew’s offer for your device.
SellBroke takes electronic devices for trade-in even if they aren’t in proper working order. They take in a variety of different electronic items such as:
- Smart phones (iOS and Android)
- Desktop and all-in-one computers
- Go-pro cameras
- 3D printers
- Smartwatches (Apple watch)
- Gaming consoles
And possibly others. After you accept their offer for your devices, they send you a free pre-paid shipping label. Then, you box up your items and send them in.
Payout is either via PayPal or by check.
MaxBack will buy your used cell phones, tablets, smartwatches and Mac books. The site also says they’ll buy your phone even if it’s broken.
After they receive your item they’ll analyze it to make sure it’s in the condition you stated it was at the time of the offer. If all is in order, they’ll issue a payment (usually PayPal) within three days of receipt of the item.
uSell buys used phones and other electronic devices, even if they’re not in proper working order. It seems as if they deal primarily in buying used smart phones, however they will take other items such as iPods, iPads, gaming consoles, etc.
uSell will also buy your used textbooks and unused gift cards. The web site says they’ve paid nearly $50 million to-date to people selling in their used electronics and other items.
Once you accept their offer on the gadgets you want to sell, they send you a prepaid shipping kit free of charge. The shipping kit even includes free tracking information.
Once your item is received and analyzed to be in proper condition, you’ll receive your payment within five days. The also have a 30 day guarantee.
You can choose to get paid via PayPal or check.
NextWorth will make you an offer to buy on your smart phone, tablet, laptop, iPod, action camera, wearables and more.
They provide you with a free trackable shipping label, and send payment via PayPal or check following inspection of the items you send.
21. iPhone Antidote
As the name implies iPhone Antidote only buys iPhones. After they give you a quote and you accept that quote, they’ll send you a trackable, insured prepaid shipping box.
This is interesting: Once they receive and analyze your item, they’ll pay you via PayPal, via a check or via Bitcoin. iPhone antidote does accept broken or water damaged items as well.
22. Facebook Sale Groups
Facebook sales groups work a bit like Craigslist, I suppose. However, you have to join the group and be approved by the group admin in order to offer items for sale to the group.
The neighborhood marketplaces are great sell your items quick. Check your local neighborhood to see if they have a group our your surrounding community.
As with Craigslist, when selling in your community watch for scams.
EcoATM is an interesting option for selling your used electronic items. Here’s how it works: You go to one of the over 2700 U.S. EcoATM recycling kiosks.
After you deposit your device into the system, it analyzes it and gives you a cash offer.
If you accept the offer you get your cash on the spot. If you don’t, your device is returned to you. EcoATM accepts smart phones, tablets and MP3 players only as of this writing.
Worried about someone stealing your phone and depositing it at an EcoATM location? Don’t. The kiosks require all sellers to insert a valid ID, to submit a thumbprint and to be photographed before they hand over the cash.
Trading in Your Electronics
Some people may not consider electronics trade-in programs “selling” your stuff, but hey, even a gift card to a favorite store qualifies as something having a cash value, right?
You could always take the gift cards you earned from trading in electronics and sell them on a site like Gift Card Granny too and end up with some cash after all.
Here are a few sites that offer trade-in programs for your used electronics.
Amazon’s Trade-in Program
Along with selling your used electronics on Amazon, you do have the option of using the Amazon Trade-In Program to trade in your electronic items for an Amazon gift card.
With the trade-in program, you can get quotes for smart phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles and more.
They do have a product eligibility page on the trade-in site that shares information on types of devices as well as required condition for devices that will help you determine whether or not they will accept your item for trade.
The Target electronics trade-in program will give you a Target gift card in exchange for your qualifying electronic item.
It looks like Target is accepting phones, games, gaming consoles, voice speakers, tablets and wearables such as Fitbits at this writing.
To find out how much they’ll pay you for your item, just go to the Target electronics trade-in page, enter your item, and follow the instructions if you agree to the value they’re willing to give you for it.
This could be a good way to go for you if you spend a lot of time shopping at Target.
Like Target, Walmart also has an electronics exchange or trade-in program. Simply get an offer, print the prepaid shipping label (free Fedex ground), then get an egift card from Walmart once the product is evaluated.
Products accepted include:
- Cell phones
- Game consoles
Make sure to follow their trade in instructions that include:
- Send any cords, power chargers and related accessories for products you are trading.
- Remove any SIM cards, memory cards/other items not originally part of the product.
- Delete any sensitive or personal images, stored data and/or cached data.
- Charge all device(s) before you ship.
Best Buy Trade In
The Best Buy Trade In program accepts a pretty large selection of items that you can trade in by bringing to your local Best Buy store location and get a Best Buy gift card in return.
Other used items Best Buy will accept:
- Smart phones
- MP3 players
- Video games
- Gaming hardware
- Personal computers and laptops
- Cameras and camcorders
- Wearable technology
- TV and home theater equipment
This could be a great way to save some money if you’re looking to upgrade your current equipment or if you just want a Best Buy gift card to spend on other electronic and entertainment items.
GameStop Trade In
GameStop takes electronics trade-ins even if they’re not in working condition. At GameStop, you can trade in video games, gaming systems and accessories, smart phones, tablets, and potentially other items as well.
When you bring your items to the store, an employee will assess their value and offer you two prices: a cash price or a store credit price. In most instances the store credit price will be higher than the cash price. Also, you can probably expect less value for non-working items.
Bonus: GameStop rewards members will get an additional 10% store credit for traded in items.
There is definitely money to be made with all of the available companies offering to buy used electronics. Just make sure to do your due diligence and get the best price you can for what you have to sell.
Have you ever sold an electronic item to any of these companies? If so, what was your experience like?