We live in the electronic age, my friends. Life for most of us includes some type of electronic item, whether it’s your phone, your iPad or your laptop.
The electronic age isn’t going anywhere. However, it does come with one caveat; a growing pile of no-longer-used electronic items sitting around the house.
How many techy gadgets such as phones, tablets and video games do you have sitting in your house, unused in a drawer or closet?
Interested in decluttering a little and potentially making some cash at the same time? Check out the following list of places where you may be able to sell your used electronics for cash or trade them in for a gift card to a favorite store.
Places That Will Help You Sell Your Used Electronics
This list of places that buy used electronics is fairly extensive. Some pay more than others, and some have more stringent rules than others about what types of items they accept and so on. Get the scoop on some of the most widely used places and see if you can make yourself some extra cash.
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 2-year-old Moto G phone, used ones were selling for between $75 and $125.
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Condition is going to make a difference as well when it comes to selling on Amazon. You’ll likely have better luck with items that are in proper working order and in decent shape. FYI, you will pay listing and final sell fees with Amazon.
Decluttr is an easy-to-use smartphone app that let’s you get rid of your electronics, CDs, DVDs, and books. The app has a barcode 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.
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.
4. 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 as you can peruse potential buyers’ Facebook pages to help get an idea of who you’re dealing with before you meet up for the sale.
Bonus: no fees when selling here.
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. Learn more about Swappa and their selling fees on their website.
Letgo is most similar to Craigslist when it comes to selling sites. There are no listing fees or selling fees to use the site. You just post your items and wait for a response.
On Letgo you can sell your used electronic items or just about anything else. Use proper safety precautions when selling on sites such as these.
OfferUp is similar to 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.
Sellshark’s home page says they’ll “buy your device regardless of condition”. I did notice, however, that they buy a limited number of brands. For instance, I couldn’t find that they would buy my Motorola phone.
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.
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.
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.
Itemcycle buys used electronics in largely the same fashion as most others; you get a quote, ship the item to them, and they pay you upon receipt and inspection of the item.
This company mostly only takes Apple and Mac devices, however.
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. Check out this post to see how Deacon sold his old smart phone super-fast on Craigslist.
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.
16. 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 they buy 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
- Desktop and all-in-one computers
- Go-pro cameras
- 3D printers
- Gaming systems
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. After analysis, you are paid 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 out over $46 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.
You can choose to get paid via PayPal or check. FYI, uSell doesn’t pay you directly for your items; instead, they match you with potential buyers from their trusted buyer network.
Since you’re selling to professionals instead of individuals or directly to uSell, uSell backs the transaction with guaranteed 100% satisfaction. Their customer support department can help you with any questions you might have about the selling and payment processes.
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 following inspection of the items you send.
22. 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.
23. 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.
If you search Facebook sales groups in the search bar on your Facebook account, you should see a list of at least some of the sales groups in your area. There are no fees for selling on a Facebook sale group.
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.
You’d have to be a pretty gutsy (or unwise) criminal to subject yourself to a full and valid identification process as a part of your crime.
Trading in Your Electronics for Gift Cards
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. When you trade in your qualified item (they accept smart phones, tablets, video games, MP3 players, gaming systems and possibly other items) after you answer a few simple questions about your trade-in product, they’ll offer you an exchange deal for a Walmart gift card of a specified dollar amount. They also give you a free shipping label good if you drop the item off at a FedEx location.
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.
Among other things, Best Buy will accept your used:
- 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.
Do Your Research First
By far the biggest red flag I saw as I was researching information for this article was that some sites will really lowball people when it comes to buy offers.
Therefore, before you go to sell your electronic items it can be a good idea to do a little research on a few different sites to find out what they’re offering before you pick which venue to sell on.
Different gadgets might sell better at one place than another. Often times items you try to sell on sites such as NextWorth or Gazelle might have a zero-trade-in value, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to get money for them on EBay or Amazon.
As I mentioned above, phones similar to mine were selling on Amazon for between $75 and $125. When I checked NextWorth they offered $50. Gazelle wouldn’t even take my phone type.
If you’re willing to take the time to research similar items for sale or trade-in on a few different sites, you can get an idea of which venue will gain you the most profit for what you are trying to sell.
Watch Out for Scams
If you’re selling your used electronics directly via a site such as Gazelle, the potential for being scammed is low. However, if you’re selling via EBay, Craigslist or Facebook, you could be more susceptible to a potential scam.
Tread carefully, read reviews if you’re using EBay and keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t seem right. Also, when selling on Craigslist or Facebook and meeting in person, pick a safe place such as a police department parking lot.
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?