Tuesday, April 24, 2012

You Can Sell Broken Electronics

Have you ever had a cellphone that you dropped in a puddle? Or a laptop with a cracked screen? Sometimes, replacing the broken parts of your electronics is almost more expensive than just replacing the devices themselves. That's assuming you even know how to fix whatever parts need fixing to begin with! Unfortunately, if you don't, you just end up with a pile of useless, broken things. The goods news is that you can turn that pile of useless, broken electronics into a pile of money, if you know where to sell broken electronics.
For a long time, broken electronics only had two eventual homes- a landfill or a recycling plant. A landfill is a terrible place for electronic devices, since they contain components that can pollute when they're damaged. So, you might throw away a water-damaged cell phone, but if its screen is cracked in the process, it'll end up releasing mercury. A recycling plant is better, but still not the best choice. It takes a lot of energy to break down electronics for recycling, and burning off the waste products that can't be recycled creates pollution. In the end, unless your electronics are completely outdated and completely broken, you're much better off if you sell broken electronics.
It might sound hard to find a buyer for a broken laptop or cracked cell phone, but it's easier than it seems. The trick is to look past the typical electronics buyer. It's true that most end users aren't going to have any interest whatsoever in buying broken electronics, but that's okay. You can sell broken electronics to someone who will, instead- a used electronics dealer.