In the run up to Christmas money is tight, and we’re all wishing there was a way to magic some extra cash for the festive season.
Did you know that nearly a quarter of us have an unused laptop or notebook at home, 22% have at least two broken or old mobile phones and 8% have four or more?
That’s cash we’re just sitting on.
You may have just upgraded your mobile and be thinking about what to do with your old handset. Or wondering what to do with that iPod you never use anymore. Don’t throw away free money – you can recycle your old electronic gadgets and get quick cash paid direct to you.
Here’s how to sell your gadgets and get the best deal in the process:
1. Decide what to sell
Hunt around and dig out the gadgets that you’re looking to sell. From old laptops, mp3 players, mobile phones, printers, stereos and more, who knows what you have lurking in the back of your cupboards!
If you’re looking to sell your gadgets and make the most money, your best bet is on computers, tablets, phones and cameras. Some websites will pay around £200 for a working Apple iPad2 with a 64GB memory and 3G or just under £100 for a working Apple iPad 1 with 64GB memory and 3G.
The more popular gadgets that can be sold are the Blackberry 8520 (for an average of £40), the iPhone 4 and six to eight year old Dell, Sony and HP laptops for around £120 depending on the RAM, hard drive, display size and condition.
Due to the rising popularity of camera phones many people are also getting rid of their digital cameras. For a redundant gadget like this you could be looking at between £10 and £40, depending on how flashy it is and the condition it’s in.
2. Get a quote for your gadgets
The next step if you’re looking to sell your gadgets is to get a price for them.
Luckily you don’t have to lug your laptop round to lots of different stores to do so – just a few clicks and you could be in the money, all from the comfort of your own sofa. There are lots of websites out there that will give you a quick quote once you enter the product details.
Rates do vary depending on the product. For example when we were looking for a quote on a brand new working iPhone 4 8GB we found we could save £68.50 just by shopping around. Here’s what each of the sites below offer for the same product:
Gadgetpanda.co.uk – £75
Cashmygadget.co.uk – £76.50
Asda tech trade-in £100.50
Cashinyourgadgets.co.uk – £101.00
3. Sell your gadgets and collect your cash
Once you have a quote that you’re happy with you can send off your gadgets in exchange for cash. Most websites guarantee that you will receive your payment within a few days of sending your gadget, so you can have a quick win in time for the Christmas shopping.
It really is as easy as that!
I managed to make over £55 on an old laptop
Lynn Campbell from Orkney bought a laptop from a friend of hers and then re-sold it via Cashinyourgadgets.co.uk. She managed to make £57.50 on an old Dell Laptop and had this to say:
“I had an old laptop that I’d bought off a friend, more to help them out with cash than for the piece of kit. The laptop languished for a considerable period of time, so I thought I’d see if I could make some money on it.
I did a bit of googling and Cash in your Gadgets offered by far the best money. I was sceptical at first that they would be interested in me, as I don’t live in a big city (I live on an island!) but my location didn’t make any difference.
They arranged for the laptop to be picked up from my house and provided me with an address label to print out and attach. I’ve never dealt with a better company! The money was in my PayPal account within about four or five days of it being picked up, so I was very pleasantly surprised. I just wish I had more to recycle!”
Have you sold your gadgets? Share your experience below.