If you unboxed a brand new iPhone or Fitbit over the holidays, what are you going to do with your old device?
Or maybe you treated yourself to a shiny new DSLR or mirrorless camera on Black Friday and so you no longer need to hold your Canon Rebel T5i from 2013.
Naturally, many are turning to apps and the web to sell used or unwanted technology.
After all, not only will you be helping to declutter your home by getting rid of gadgets you no longer need, but chances are you can use that extra money to pay those big credit card bills you’ll have to pay. maybe deal with later. in January.
You have several ways to offload your business: online classifieds sites (like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace), peer-to-peer marketplaces (like eBay) and an increasingly popular option is to sell to a platform. form that gives you money to take the technology out of your hands and they can resell it to someone looking for a deal. Examples include Decluttr and Gazelle for cellphones and MacBooks and MPB for camera equipment.
► Tech Talk newsletter: Sign up for our guide to the biggest tech news of the week
“Frankly, a lot of people are surprised at the value they can get from their used technology, especially photo and video equipment,” says Tammy Oler, brand marketing manager for MPB in North America.
“There’s often a sort of ‘Antiques Roadshow’ type reaction, where people pick up their quote and they’re like, ‘Oh wow, I didn’t know it would be worth that much,'” Oler adds. “You’re also helping to put this in the hands of someone who might appreciate spending less on your used equipment, which we inspect and guarantee first.”
What follows is a more in-depth look at each of the three main ways to sell your technology online, with tips for maximizing your experience on each:
It’s nothing new, but many are turning to online classifieds sites and apps to find a buyer for their unwanted tech.
With platforms like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and Kijiji (popular in Canada), you can post your ad for free and hope to find a buyer in your area.
You will usually meet in person for the transaction, so be careful when doing so; only meet in public places, during the day and maybe bring a friend. Obviously, selling bigger items like a TV is another story, so make sure other adults are home with you.
Only accept cash, not checks. The buyer will naturally want to inspect what you’re selling, so make sure everything is powered on and include as much original packaging, documentation, and accessories (like charging cables).
For your message, try to make it stand out from the rest. Use catchy words in your title, for example phrases such as “REDUCED PRICE” or “MINT QUALITY”. Take good photos of what you are selling and be as descriptive of the product as possible to avoid frustration during the sales process, including the model number and condition of the product.
► Need to take a screenshot? Here’s how to capture them on any device
My favorite tip for online classifieds is to maximize your reach, which you can do in two (free) ways. The first is to post many ads for the same product but in a different category. For example, a Bluetooth speaker might be listed in Audio, Electronics, Smartphone Accessories, and Home. Since it’s free, just copy and paste the text and maybe edit the title, description or photos.
You can also post in different nearby neighborhoods: while you select a specific city to post your ad, also post in a few surrounding suburbs to increase the chances of your ad being seen.
Some online classified ad sites allow you to pay a little to get your ad higher on the page.
Compared to online classifieds sites, the advantage of a huge marketplace, like eBay, is that you’re reaching out to potential buyers nationwide — or even internationally — rather than locally.
Once someone buys (or successfully bids) the gadget you’re selling, you ship it to them, which you should do soon after you sell it, to make sure the buyer is happy – and you will likely give a good review (if happy with the product too) which helps your seller’s reputation and hopefully leads to repeat business from the same buyer.
Reviews and star ratings are extremely important in marketplaces.
When it comes to the selling price of your item, make sure your item is priced competitively as buyers compare your item to others. One trick is to offer free shipping – even if you have to raise the price of the product a bit, you’ll probably sell it faster.
► Oh, chip: Canon scrambles as its own printers think ink cartridges are fake due to chip shortage
When buyers show interest in your product but haven’t yet completed the transaction, eBay suggests using its buyer offer tool, which lets you initiate the negotiation process with potential buyers. You can make a buyer an offer if they’re watching your item or if they’ve placed it in their cart but haven’t paid for a few days.
To increase the chances of selling your item quickly, think about the time of year and offload the things people want. Sell your camping gear in the summer, not in the middle of winter. Christmas items will do better in early December than in March. You had the idea.
Interestingly, eBay lists Sunday as the busiest day for shopping, followed by Saturday and Monday.
► Sell it safely: 6 apps and sites where you can sell just about anything
Sell your technology to a platform
Opposed to a “peer-to-peer” approach, where you have to find a buyer and deal with them, a multitude of sites offer to buy your used technology directly, which could be more ideal for those who don’t. don’t have much time to sell it directly to someone else (and with the classifieds, meet them in person for the transaction).
These same platforms sell used technology to those who otherwise couldn’t afford a brand new device at retail.
In other words, it’s a win-win situation for both parties, not forgetting that the “circular economy” is also a boon for the environment, since it focuses on reuse, repair, refurbishment and reuse of old or unwanted electronic devices.
Like Decluttr does for smartphones, MacBooks and games consoles, MPB asks sellers to fill out an online form to get an instant quote on photography and videography equipment, before packing and shipping it. to its Brooklyn, New York facility (via secure Fedex, paid for by MPB).
You will need to specify the make, model and condition of what you are looking to sell – camera bodies, lenses, filters and accessories – which will then be inspected and checked by a team of camera experts.
MPB, the “world’s largest online platform specializing in used photo and video equipment”, says Oler, will then deposit the money into the seller’s bank account.
“While it’s more of an emotional thing, it’s important to us that sellers know that the equipment you may have used and loved and may have done a fantastic job with, falls into the hands of someone else who, in turn, is going to do something really interesting with it,” Oler adds.
MPB states that all used items purchased by others, including exchanges, are covered by a six-month limited warranty.