According to statistics, there are 3.3 billion smartphone users around the world this 2019. That’s a huge jump from last year’s 3 billion and even more so than 2016’s 2.5 billion.
To me, that much growth within just a few years also means that there’s a mountain of unused phones – and pretty much all sorts of electronic devices such as iPods and other mp3 players, DVD players, consoles, laptops, etc – just tucked away in someone’s cabinets, most likely including yours.
Now, let’s face it: you’re never going to use those old bricks again. So, why don’t you just go ahead and sell them?
It doesn’t matter if they’re old, broken, or relatively new, there’s a market for these devices that can fetch you good money – and that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about here!
So, check out this list of what I think are the best places to sell your used electronics:
Where to sell used electronics online
Ebay, Craiglist, and Amazon are the first places that come to mind when it comes to selling pretty much anything online.
They’re great – don’t get me wrong – but when it comes to selling electronics, there are a number of sites out there that might get you better deals and at a much faster rate too. Here are a few of them:
Yes, I know I already mentioned Amazon but if you haven’t heard of their trade-in feature yet, you’re going to want to read this.
Amazon Trade-in is made specifically for electronic devices. They accept a variety of outdated Amazon electronics such as Kindle e-readers, tablets, bluetooth speakers, and all brands of cellphones, consoles and their accessories, and even books.
Also, it works pretty much the same as most of the sites here so you might want to use this as reference.
First, you need to tell Amazon exactly what product you’re selling and in what condition it’s in. After that, they will give you a quotation of how much they’re willing to pay for your device. If you accept their terms, you will need to ship your device to Amazon (for free).
Shipping should only take a maximum of 10 days. After they receive and check your gadget, you will be paid your dues (via Amazon gift card) after 2 business days. Do note that they have the right to refuse payment if your device isn’t in the condition you described it to be.
Best Buy, another retailer that you most likely already know about, also has a trade-in service where you can get gift cards and offers for your old electronics.
They have a wide category of gadgets they accept as well, including:
- Cell phones
- MP3 players
- Video games and consoles
- TV’s and other entertainment systems
Their trade system works the same way as Amazon’s: tell them what device you’re trading in and in what condition it’s in, see if you like their offer and if you do, ship it to them for free.
You could also take it to the store and trade it in there if that’s more convenient. However, not all Best Buy stores have this feature so be sure to check first before you go.
In any case, some of your electronics may be too old or broken which pretty much gives them no trade value. That’s okay. Best Buy has a recycling program where you might be able to fetch in-store offers for these items.
If Amazon and Best Buy have trade-in services, Walmart has one too. Target has its own version of this service, by the way, but let’s talk about that later.
Walmart’s Trade-in feature, again, works the same exact way as the others listed above.
You will be paid via Walmart gift card immediately after they receive and evaluate your item.
The way I see it, Decluttr is one of the most popular sites for selling used or old electronics.
They accept CDs, DVDs, blu-ray, video games, several brands of cell phones, and other gadgets that you might have with you.
Again, it works the same way as the other sites I’ve listed before this. What I like about Decluttr though is that they pay the day after they receive your package. Plus, they pay via check, direct deposit, or PayPal so you’re getting real money; not gift cards.
Speaking of popular sites, ItsWorthMore.com has an excellent reputation as a company. In fact, as of writing this it has an A+ rating on Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Like other companies, however, IWM also has a handful of bad reviews. You can’t really please everyone so that’s an inevitable part of business. However, unlike the rest, IWM willingly shows you people’s scrutiny instead of hiding them.
This, to me, shows a lot of integrity and also why I highly recommend them.
That being said, ItsWorthMore.com pretty much works the same way and accepts pretty much the same gadgets as the other sites.
In terms of payment, they pay within 3 days of receiving your order through check or PayPal.
USell works a little bit different from the rest of the sites on this list. Finally something different, eh?
Anyway, selling your electronics here starts off the same way. You choose what product you’re selling and tell uSell what condition it’s in.
After that, uSell is going to show you a list of companies/people who are willing to buy your gadget and you simply have to choose the best offer. When you’ve already chosen, ship your product to them, wait for them to receive it, and get paid via check or PayPal 5 business days after.
OCBuyBack doesn’t have as much categories as the rest of the sites on this list but if what you’re trying to sell is on their list, I think they’re worth a look. Here’s a list of gadgets they’re willing to take off your hands:
- Apple iPods, tablets, smartwatches, and TV
As you can see, they’re more about buying Apple products than anything else. Although, they do have a few other widely used products on their list.
Again, they work like most buyback sites. You also get paid via PayPal or check 2 business days after they receive your gadget.
BuybackBoss is mostly focused on buying Samsung and Apple smartphones but they do buy a handful of other electronics, including:
- Apple Watch
- Google Pixel
Moreover, BuybackBoss has a highest price guarantee which I’m honestly not sure if a lot of other sites have.
You see, a lot of these trading sites are going to tell you that they offer the highest prices but not a lot of them follow it up when another company actually offers a higher price.
At BuybackBoss, on the other hand, you can email their team the link of the website with the higher offer so they can update yours.
As usual, you will need to ship your product to them. Expect to get paid via PayPal or check within two days of them receiving your item.
While we’re on the subject of price guarantees, SellCell takes it a step higher than BuyBackBoss.
Their guarantee is that if you find a company that pays higher for your gadgets, they will pay you double the difference. I don’t know about you but I think that’s awesome!
They’re confident in their prices because of how their system works.
Basically, when you want to sell your electronics – or phones to be more specific – SellCell scans the internet for buyers (a lot of which you will see here) and give you a list of options. When you’re in this step, all you have to do next is pick the company who pays highest, ship your device, and wait to get paid.
BuyBackWorld prides themselves with having the “largest instant quote platform in the world”.
Whether or not that’s true, I honestly don’t know. What I do know, however, is that they have a wide number of categories of electronics they want to buy. I mean, they even buy gift cards!
The point I’m trying to make is that BuyBackWorld is a good place to go specifically if you have gadgets that not a lot of buyback companies are willing to buy.
Not only that, they have more payout options than most other sites too. Specifically, they can pay you through check, PayPal, bank deposit, prepaid credit card, or a BuyBackWorld gift card with 5% more money in it.
Whether completely broken, good, great, or in mint condition, UpTrade is here to help you sell any and all of your gadgets.
They’re different from the other sites here too. You see, when you let UpTrade buy your electronics, they’re going to pay you a minimum guaranteed price.
You’re probably thinking, “What? Minimum?! That sucks!”
Hold your horses, boys and girls! Let me finish!
The “minimum guaranteed price” depends on the condition and market value of what you’re selling so you’re probably going to earn about the same amount anyway. But, here’s where it gets better:
After receiving your product (and paying you, of course), UpTrade is going to try to sell it to other people/companies. If it sells for an amount higher than what they paid you, they’re going to give the extra money to you. So, really, you could get not one, but TWO paychecks.
Speaking of paychecks, UpTrade pays you the day after they receive your item so they pay pretty fast too.
Where to sell old electronics near me
When you sell your electronics online to any of the sites I listed above, you will also have to drop off your items at the site’s delivery partners such as FedEx or UPS. Also, since the transactions are done online, you will also need to wait for a few days for your payment regardless if it’s paypal or check.
So, what if I told you there are options where you don’t have to go to delivery stations and get paid on the spot?
You read that right! So, below are a handful of places you can physically go to, to sell your phones, consoles, laptops, and other electronics you may have laying around and get paid right then and there.
12. Target Trade-In
Best Buy and Walmart each have their trade-in services so it’s only right that Target has one too.
Their trade-in service works online and in-store. Online works pretty much the same way as most other sites so it’s great. However, their in-store option doesn’t seem to offer as much variety. In fact, I think they only accept cellphones.
Nonetheless, if you have electronic devices that Target stores accept, this is a great option if you want to get paid right away.
On that note, Target pays you via PayPal or gift check.
Gazelle is one of the most widely used sites for trading phones online but it does have an offline option.
The company mostly buys iPhones, tablets, Samsung phones, and other phones from several brands. For other types of electronic, you should probably check other sites.
Having said that, Gazelle’s offline option requires that you go to one of their kiosks so you can get paid on the spot. You can find one that’s near you here.
Do note that you will most likely get paid a lesser amount from kiosks compared to what you can get online. Kiosks also accept even less types of electronics.
So, honestly, I think it’s generally an inferior option but an option you can take nonetheless.
If you’re a gamer, you probably already know about GameStop. What you probably didn’t know is that you can sell or trade your used tech for store credit.
So, if you have an old Xbox or Playstation, you can take it to GameStop and sell it to them for credit that you can then use to buy the latest version. Personally, I got my Xbox One S at a cheaper price for trading in my 360 at GameStop and I’ll do it all again when the next one comes.
Of course, you could also sell your tech online and probably get a higher price. However, if you’re in a hurry (like I am when it comes to video games), GameStop is definitely a great choice.
They’re not just limited to consoles either. GameStop also buys old phones, games, and other accessories.
Selling old, used, and broken electronics can be done at multiple sites online or at several physical stores. Whatever it is you choose, it’ll always be a fast way of earning money for selling things you might not ever use again.
If this list helped you sell your electronics, let your friends know about it!