The Boondocks is a show that is known for telling the truth. This claim is substantiated in the episode from Season 1, when Riley’s favorite rapper, Gangstalicious, got shot and Grandad gives Riley his bulky, early-model cell phone to take with him to the store to buy orange juice. As the tension builds as Gangstalicious’ foe and former lover stalk the halls looking for him, Riley gets a call from Grandad. As he tries to rush Grandad off the phone, a male nurse offers Riley $50 for the ancient cell phone.
According to Business Insider, no matter how old your tech device is, there is someone on e-commerce sites like eBay, Swappa, Gazelle, uSell, Glyde and Craigslist willing to pay for it. Selling older smartphones back to the carrier, or on Amazon, or at Best Buy are also options.
Ebay and Swappa are the spots where you are likely to get the most bang for your buck. There, you can set your own price and your items can fetch more cash than what trading them or electronics stores will give. On the other hand, at the trade-in sites (i.e. Gazelle, uSell) or electronics stores, your item will probably sell more quickly. However, there will be a non-negotiable, unstable quote for it, based on the device, its condition and the demand for it. Craigslist is the least desirable option, because all sales are cash only, due to the fact that there’s no offer for secure payments between you and the buyer. Instead of dropping the package in the mailbox, sales have to be local and your own personal safety is at risk.
Business Insider offers tips for selling online:
- Keep them in as good condition as you possibly can. Obviously, you’ll get more cash for a phone without scratches than a phone with a cracked screen. That means you should use a case or specific carry bags for your device.
- Keep the original box and accessories. Use any spare USB power brick and charging cable instead of using those that came with your device. People will pay more for original packaging and accessories, especially if they haven’t been used.
- If your old gadget is in great condition, take pictures of every surface and side to show it off. Potential buyers like to see for themselves that a device is in great condition if you list it as such. So, offering several sharp, high-quality pictures to prove it will make buyers more likely to press the “buy” button.
- Check around before selling, especially if your device isn’t in great condition. You never know if you’ll get more cash from a trade-in site than eBay.
- Sell your device before the newest model comes out. You’ll get more cash if you sell your old device before it gets too outdated by a newer model’s release. Research the release dates for the newer models of your old gadget.
The more you get for your old device, the cheaper the new one will be.