10 Best Places to Sell Your Used Electronics For Cash

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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, selling your used electronics and making some quick cash is easy.

From apps to sell your old items or local stores, we have compiled a list of places to sell them that fit your schedule.

Where to Sell Electronics

Here is our list of the best places to sell your old electronics. Keep in mind that some pay out in cash, others in gift cards and for some, in-store credit. Find the one that best fits you.

1. SellCell

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SellCell makes shopping around for the best place to sell your electronics 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:

  • Tablets
  • Gaming devices
  • Smart home tech
  • GoPro
  • Wearables

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.

2. Decluttr

decluttr site

Decluttr is an easy-to-use site that lets 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 are no shipping costs to send your items to Decluttr and you’ll be paid via PayPal the next day after your items are received.

Learn More: Decluttr Review

3. Swappa

swappa website

With Swappa you can sell gently used smartphones, 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, their selling fees are significantly less than what you would pay on eBay or similar sites.

4. Gazelle

gazelle website

Gazelle will buy your electronics, but it also buys a limited number of brands. It looks like they primarily deal in Apple, Samsung, and Sony products.

After you get your offer price from Gazelle (it takes less than a minute in most cases), you can enter your information, and the company will send you a box for free shipping.

After the product is received, it is examined carefully. If it’s in the condition you stated it was, you’ll receive your full payment. If not, they’ll send you a counteroffer for a lower price.

5. eBay

computer parts for sale on ebay

eBay can also be a great place to sell used electronics; even non-working items may sell for parts or to those who refurbish and resell.

I find it helpful to pay close attention to reviews when buying and selling on eBay. 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 take listing, selling and shipping costs into account.

6. Facebook Marketplace

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Facebook Marketplace is a relatively new venue for selling your stuff. The site’s goal 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.

7. OfferUp

laptops on offerup for sale

OfferUp recently merged with Letgo. Listing your electronics or other items for sale is free, and there are no selling fees. Be sure to use appropriate safety measures when meeting with potential buyers.

OfferUp is active in all fifty states and several cities in each state.

8. Craigslist

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You probably already know a lot about selling electronics and other items on Craigslist. You can list almost any electronic item for sale there, and 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 sites.

See our related article here.

9. Gadget Salvation

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Gadget Salvation takes “pretty much” any electronic item in any condition, according to their website. Examples of items they buy include laptops, cell phones, smartphones, 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.

10. EcoATM

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EcoATM is an interesting option for selling used electronic items. To do so, 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 smartphones, tablets, and MP3 players only as of the time 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to selling your electronics, certain questions come up. Here’s a look at a few to answer your questions.

Where Can I Make The Most Money For My Electronics?

You have options for selling your electronics—either online or in a local marketplace.

First, consider the time you need to put into selling your electronics. Consider the time you need to spend getting the item ready to sell.

If you plan to sell online, sites like SellCell compare all the sites, saving you time.

Can I Sell My Outdated Electronics?

Yes, vintage and outdated electronics is a hot commodity today. If your equipment is in decent shape, you may find buyers.

Sites like eBay are great to see if similar electronics are for sale.

How Much Can I Sell My Used Electronics For?

There’s a rule of thumb of how much we should sell items for. Used items typically sell for 25% of retail cost. Well-worn will be 10%. So if an item sells for $100, then a used item would be $25.

However, make sure to check online at selling sites to compare. Name brand and newer used items will sell for more.

Summary

There is 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.

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9 Comments

  1. Simon Dean says:

    I had recently sold my old phone to SellaGadget, they offered me a quote after I specified the defects with the product and afterwards they generated a shipping label for me to ship the product with to them.

  2. Larry Grillo says:

    Not mentioned on any of possible buy sites, was that of audio gear, i.e. amplifiers, turntables, tuners, etc. like that.
    Do any of your listed buyers take in such stuff, or do you know if there are any at all who do?

    1. Hi there, I am also looking for sites which take vintage equipment. Such as record players and amps from the 1980s, and in the UK. Not sure if I could afford to send to the US! If anyone knows please let me know. Thank you.

  3. Please do not use Buy Back World. They store your password in plain text. When I asked for assistance with my account, they sent me my exposed password in an email. Since they deal with addresses, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, etc. and store your password in plain text, not only are they not protecting that sensitive information, but who knows if they’re even storing that properly.

    1. Thanks for the information! Iā€™m sorry to hear you had a bad experience.

  4. I tried gazelle, but once I’d sent them my device, they tried to lowball me, claiming that my device had less storage space than I’d reported. I declined their new offer and had the device returned. I double checked when it came back, and sure enough it had the storage space I’d initially reported.

    So, YMMV.

    1. I’m sorry you had a bad experience but glad you were able to get your device returned.

  5. I’ve had a lot of luck selling things on the Facebook marketplace/sales groups. Although, in those instances, I’m selling things I’m “flipping” and not necessarily electronics.

    I used Decluttr once for an old cell phone, but they offered me less when they received it saying it wasn’t in as good of condition as I claimed.

    Half Price Books is another place that’ll buy used electronics in addition to the books and magazines they’ll buy everyday.

    1. I’ve sold some stuff on Facebook too, but it was just stuff from around my house, some electronics, and some other items.