Every day, many people purchase new electronic devices. Often, to cover the cost of those new gadgets, it is a good idea to also sell your old electronics. This actually has a twofold effect as it allows you to be green in enabling the items to be resold to other people instead of ending up in a landfill, as well as earning you some money. Keeping that in mind, it’s important to know exactly what steps you should take to ensure that you can make money with your used electronics. Here are three great tips on doing just that.
Wipe Your Device Clean and Sell to Online Retailer
First, it’s absolutely essential to wipe your device if it includes your personal and financial data on it. This is almost always the case with smartphones and tablets, so be aware. Additionally, you will want to backup your data and then update the device and reset it to its original factory settings. This deletes all of your personal and financial data, your texts and emails, removes your personal photos and videos, apps you installed and reverts the settings in general. Doing this will make your electronic device more purchasable. Nobody wants to buy a smartphone, tablet or computer that has someone else’s settings already in place.
Once you have followed these steps, look into selling your device on a website like eBay or Amazon. Both are reputable sites and are popular with consumers who like to buy items for cheaper prices than that are offered on regular retail.
Trade in Your Electronic Device
If your electronic device is an iPhone, iPad or any other Apple device, you can easily get a good price for it by trading it in. The Apple Store, Best Buy, Walmart and even Game Stop are good places to trade in your iPhone or other iDevice. In addition, you can trade in your iPhone to your wireless carrier and receive either a credit or gift card toward a shiny new smartphone, including the latest and greatest iPhone. However, the carrier option is only recommended if you are looking to upgrade to the next generation device.
Sell Electronics on Other Websites
Look into websites like Gazelle.com or Swappa.com, which offer money for your used electronics, particularly smartphones and tablets. Consumers frequently flock to those sites to purchase refurbished or used devices that they can snag for cheap, which means you can recoup a decent amount of cash. Gazelle in particular tends to offer a higher value for your used electronics.
When you use your wits by following these steps toward selling your old electronics, you will reap the rewards at the end. You will also take pride in knowing that others will get plenty of use from your old gadgets.