Do you have old electronics in your house? I don't mean vintage pieces like old Ataris, I mean electronics that you've used, and just don't have a use for anymore. There seems to be a divide between new electronics (which are always expensive) and vintage electronics (which still command high prices in some circles). Anything between the cutting edge and the very old just doesn't seem to be good for much. That might make you think that there's nothing you can do with your used cell phones or laptops than just throw them away, but that's not the case. If you have some used devices in your home, you can get into selling old electronics.
It's easier than you think to sell used electronics, and all of it is on the up-and-up. Plenty of people are looking for used cell phones, laptops, and other devices. Someone might want a cheap computer for school, or to serve as their child's first computer. Someone else might want a new Blackberry, but not be able to afford more than a used one. Someone else might have a preference for a cell phone model that was discontinued, forcing them to turn to second-hand sources to fill their needs. Selling old electronics supplies this market, and is a completely safe, legitimate way to get money.
Selling old electronics the easy way entails contacting a used electronics website. The site will provide you with a price quote, and a way to mail your devices for free. You just have to provide your address and your electronics. When they are received, you'll get your money.
There are a couple of reasons why selling old electronics through a used electronics website is better than the alternatives. Unless you have some vintage pieces that a hard-core collector would be interested in, you're not likely to get much attention on an auction site. Selling old electronics through a used electronics dealer is guaranteed to get you payment, since you aren't stuck waiting for a customer to show interest. Similarly, if you put up a listing on a classified or auction website, you're going to have to deal with a lot of people that want to argue and haggle with you. In the end, you might talk to ten buyers a day for an entire week, and still not be any closer to selling your electronics.
Selling old electronics is the best way to get a fair price for your stuff, too. If you try to turn it in at a pan shop or thrift store, you won't get nearly as much money. In some cases, you might not get any- these places thrive off of things they can sell back to the public. Their odds of attracting someone who's interested in outdated technology aren't any better than yours are, so it's highly likely that they'll shoot you down. If they don't, you could end up looking at around $20 for a perfectly good, used cell phone. Why go through all of the hassle of finding a pawn shop, only to get so little money in return?
Lastly, even though electronics usually contain some valuable metal components (gold, for example), they don't usually contain enough to make selling them for scrap a worthwhile endeavor. Plus, when electronics are recycled, it takes a lot of work to break them down. It isn't as though you can just take them apart and strip out the valuable bits, you're looking at having to grind up an entire laptop or cell phone, and sieve out the important stuff. In the end, you might end up with a few cents' worth of valuable metals, and a lot of worthless plastic. You'll end up getting a lot more if you sell your electronics as-is to a used electronics dealer.
Selling old electronics doesn't need to be time consuming, complicated, or expensive. Your devices don't need to be cutting edge or vintage, even things that are a few years old can get you some money. Go through a used electronics website, and you'll be happy you did. Any shipping, advertising, and repair costs will be paid for by them, not you, so everything you make is profit.