There are over 40 million unused bits of technology cluttering up homes across the UK. If you have a few bits lying around, it’s time for a tech spring clean! Dig out those old unwanted mobile phones and broken tablets and see if you can earn yourself a decent chunk of cash.
Here’s our easy guide to help you find the best places to sell and recycle old tech online and get the best deals you can.
Before Parting With Your Tech
So you’ve had a clear out and found a few devices you no longer use and are going to sell? Great.
But before you start selling make sure that any data is backed up and then deleted from the device.
Then, restore each device to factory settings. While most third party sellers say they professionally reset every device they receive, you don’t want it falling into wrong hands.
If someone can access your personal photos, passwords, or card and banking details, which most phones now automatically store, it could cause you serious trouble down the line.
Where to Sell
You can sell old tech in high street stores such as Cex, and there is an abundance of sites online where you can sell, too.
Best practice is to shop around before selling to make sure you get the best deal, particularly if you’re selling a relatively new device.
For example, with an Apple iPhone 8, 64GB, we saw a price difference of just over £60 across different sites.
Compare and Recycle is a great site to use! Simply search for the product you are selling and it’ll list prices being offered, how you can be paid and how long until you receive payment.
It’s a good way to make sure you’re getting the best deals possible to make the most of your tech spring clean.
Music Magpie buys everything from mobile phones, to kindles, tablets, and laptops, to CDs and DVDs. It’s easy to use: start an order online by inputting the items you wish to sell and receive an instant quote.
To complete an order it has to reach a minimum of £5 and you can have a maximum of 500 items in one order.
No worries if you have even more – you are allowed to complete as many orders as you wish.
During the current climate, Music Magpie is also supporting the NHS by donating £1 to NHS charities for every tech item traded-in and sold.
Money 4 My Tech
Money 4 My Tech buys a range of electronics including laptops, iMacs, tablets, mobiles, games consoles, iPods, and headphones.
Depending on the size of your items you can either borrow packaging from them for free and return when you send your order or request a collection from you. Both options are free of charge.
The third party sellers make it easy to send of your old tech to them but it is worth checking out whether you can make any more money by selling it directly yourself.
So much technology (used and broken too) is sold on eBay every year. Research yourself to see if people are selling similar items to yours and what prices they are selling for.
Where to Trade-In
Trading in is another option to recycle your old electronics and save money. If you’re looking to purchase a new version or upgrade then you can get better deals by agreeing to a voucher rather than hard cash.
On Wex Photo & Video it is easy to submit a request for an instant no-obligation quote. If you agree to the quote, you’ll receive credit you can spend in-store or online.
They also offer regular trade-in bonuses with up to an additional £500 available.
Audio brand Sonos have now launched a trade-up programme that gives you up to 30% off a new speaker when you return your old one.
Check the Sonos website to see if your device is eligible.
Most phone service providers also welcome old phone trade-ins and will offer discounts off your next purchase in exchange for them.
Samsung, for example, also offers serious discounts for wearable tech like the Galaxy Watch.
Make Money From Broken Electronics
Devices not in working order still make money! Your tech spring clean hasn’t been futile – you can get cash for your broken tech.
eBay is a goldmine for broken technology – devices with smashed screens, broken buttons, and dead batteries are all being sold!
A lot of people buy old tech on eBay to break down the items and use parts so it’s the perfect site to use to make money from your damaged items.
Make sure you are accurate in the description of the product you are listing and fully disclose the extent of the damage so it doesn’t backfire on you later on.
Gadget Salvation is happy to take almost any device off your hands, even if it’s broken. It’s on a case-by-case basis, so you’ll need to fill out a form about your broken tech to get a quote.
Sending electronics to landfill is not only a waste of parts but begins to cause enormous environmental problems, too.
Even if you don’t want the extra hassle of selling your old tech, make sure to recycle it and not put it in the rubbish.
Recycle Now is a very useful site that tells you how you can easily recycle your old tech – giving means they can sell on the products for cash, or take it to a household waste and recycling centre where they have an area specifically designed for electronics.
Use the tool here to find your nearest electrical recycling point.
Tech Recycle is an ethical IT recycling company so you can declutter and do good too.
You have to have enough qualifying items, but if so you can book a pick up with them where they’ll come and collect your items for free.
They plant a tree for every 20 tonnes of electronics they recycle so a great cause to support if you can.
Your local tip will also have an area specifically for recycling old technology and gadgets, too.