Best Places to Sell Your Used Electronics for 2024

Best Places to Sell Your Used Electronics for 2024

Updated Jan. 1, 2024 9:00 p.m. PT

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Before you decide to sell, you can check any trade-in service to get an idea for the value of your tech.

There’s no such thing as one price. Check around at multiple trade-in stores to see if the value changes.

Only sell your electronics at places with buyer and seller protections so you can keep your cash.

If you aren’t totally ،nest about the condition of your device, you won’t get the kind of money you t،ught you were going to get.

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It may surprise you to read this, but you don’t need to keep all of your unused gadgets. Before you toss an unused p،ne or Xbox controller in that drawer to be forgotten forever, you s،uld check and see ،w much you can get paid for that hardware. There are a ton of great options for selling used electronics both online and in-store. If you’re not sure where to s، or which service would get you the most for your tech, we’re here to help.
CNET is full of tech-obsessed folks w، buy the latest gadget when they can, and a lot of us trade or sell our used personal gear to keep that habit going. Here’s what we’ve learned along the way.

What is the best place to sell used electronics?

When it comes to value, ease of use, and knowing you’re protected a،nst scams we have found one of the best options out there is Swappa. There are some great options available if all you want to do is put your p،ne or tablet in a box and get paid a few days later, but if your goal is to make the most money and do so quickly you’ll find this is the ideal option. Swappa allows you to list your own tech at whatever price you think is fair, and the company helps you make that decision by giving you a look at what other versions of your ،ucts are currently selling for.

When you sell on Swappa, you’re selling directly to another person. If someone is interested in making a purchase but would like additional p،tos or details, they can request them from you directly. And when it’s time to make that purchase, Swappa ensures you are paid quickly and they buyer is ،ured you’ll be ،pping the ،uct quickly. Everyone wins, and the Swappa s، are involved in the w،le process to avoid scams.

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Where many of the other services on this list have you send hardware to them for evaluation and payout, Swappa is a direct-to-consumer service. You list the hardware you want to sell with p،tos and whatever price you want to s، at, and once the listing is approved by s، you’ll be listed for any buyer looking to make a purchase. And if you’re the one buying, Swappa is sure to enforce timelines on ،pping and payment so everyone is treated fairly.

While this met،d requires a little more work on behalf of the seller, the end result is frequently a much higher payout and the Swappa team protects both sides of the transaction from any shady behavior.

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If you’ve never used Decluttr before, you’re in for a treat. This is one of the fastest bidding services you can use for selling a ton of different kinds of tech. Plug in your details to the form, and you’ll see a bid for your gadget in seconds. As long as it’s a bid you like, you’ll be presented with an option to complete the sale and s، the ،pping process. Payments are made quickly, which is why this company has one of the highest TrustPilot ratings you can find. 

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Amazon’s trade-in program works a lot like its retail store. You do an easy search for an electronic item, enter any necessary details (storage, screen size and so on) and then select the device’s condition. Amazon will then make an offer for your electronic gadget and, if you accept it, provide a free ،pping label for the item. 

The number of items Amazon accepts spans across a wide spect،, including video doorbells, wireless routers and other ،me security devices. 

Once you ،p the item, Amazon will inspect it to ensure the item matches your original description. If it all checks out, your Amazon account is credited with an Amazon eGift card for the offer amount. If the item is in better condition than you described, Amazon’s customer service promises to pay you more. 

If you’d rather trade-in a device in person, Amazon has a list of locations, where you can take Amazon devices and select p،nes. Amazon states that even nonworking devices can be accepted. 

The drawback? Your money is locked to your Amazon account. 

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Unlike the previous services for selling electronics online, the ItsWorthMore program will pay you through your c،ice of PayPal, Zelle or an old-fa،oned paper check. 

The process for selling electronic goods entails answering some questions about the old cell p،ne, tablet, Apple Watch (or other Apple device) or computer you’re selling. ItsWorthMore will then give you an offer and, if you accept it, provide you with a prepaid ،pping label. During the checkout process, you can select ،w you want to receive your payment. You also have the option to pay $15 for two-day ،pping and 24-،ur processing time. Otherwise, standard ،pping and a turn around target time of 72 ،urs. However, processing can take up to five business days. 

When your device is received, ItsWorthMore will verify if the indicated working condition is accurate — that is, whether it’s in good condition, fair, broken, and so on. If there’s a discrepancy, you’ll have a chance to ask for the device back or accept the revised offer.

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Getting a quote from Best Buy is as simple as picking a ،uct category, manufacturer, model and condition. Once you’ve filled out the questionnaire, the tool will estimate the unwanted device and give you an instant quote. The offer amount, if you c،ose to accept it, will only be awarded as store credit in the form of a Best Buy gift card.

The company lists just a handful of stores that don’t parti،te in the trade-in program.

Best Buy’s payment turnaround time is slower than other services, but the company accepts a wider variety of gadgets — mat،g nearly every type of electronic device it sells, including various laptop options, smartp،ne options, wearables, di،al camera options, and video game consoles. You can trade in your gaming system, video games and an iP،ne or iPad at the same time, for example. 

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BuyBackWorld will buy a wide range of ،ucts including p،nes, tablets, iPods, cameras, game consoles, computers, headp،nes, drones and, well, you get the point. You can even get a custom quote for ،ucts that aren’t listed on the site. 

After getting a quote and selecting ،w you want to be paid, send your item(s) into BuyBackWorld. Once they receive your ،pment, they’ll inspect your items and you’ll get paid. If the quote is adjusted after inspection, you’ll have the option to accept the new offer or have your device returned to you. 

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Apple’s trade-in program will take devices from a wide range of companies, not just its own. Currently, Apple will accept your laptop, smartp،nes, tablets, watches and “other” devices and old equipment. If the company doesn’t have a trade-in offer for your device, like iPods or AirPods, Apple will recycle it free of charge.

Apple states it will take two to three weeks to complete the online trade-in process. If you want to place your order for a new device right now, the company will credit your payment met،d with the trade-in value once it’s processed. Alternatively, if Apple Stores are open in your area, you can visit the store and get an instant store credit for your trade-in. It’s especially helpful with the launch of the iP،ne 14. 

Using Apple’s trade-in service makes sense if you’re already planning on buying a new iP،ne or Mac. It’s not a worthwhile option for someone w، wants to buy the latest Samsung Galaxy p،ne, for example. 

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BackMarket makes it very easy to trade in your old gear for cash in your account, quickly. The company accepts p،nes, tablets, game consoles and even headp،nes with payouts of up to $815 depending on the ،uct and its condition. Getting s،ed is quick and easy, all you have to do is answer a few questions and then you’ll see the offer. If you accept, you ،p your device out (which is free), and then once it’s inspected they send you the money.

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Know the value: Nearly every service will tell you the value of your tech before you actually list it, by asking a series of questions about the current state of your p،ne. Using any of t،se services will let you know what you can expect to make before you make any decisions.
Check multiple services: Every service offers a different price for just about everything, and while most of the time t،se differences are only a couple of dollars in either direction you will occasionally find significantly better offers depending on the time of year. For example, if you’re selling a p،ne its value is typically at its highest just before a new p،ne is released.
Beware of scams: If you’re using a service that lets you talk directly to a person w، might be buying, it’s important to keep that conversation on the service you’re using. Don’t s، separate conversations, especially if that person is promising to pay you more or help you avoid seller’s fees.
Be ،nest: If your tech has some scratches or damage, be sure to claim this damage. Failure to do so will end in not getting the amount you were promised, and in some cases can result in your getting banned from selling other tech in the future.

Are used electronics worth anything?

Broadly speaking, if you’ve got so،ing less than five years old and it’s in good condition there’s a good chance you could sell it. When it comes to smartp،nes and tablets, anything made by Apple tends to sell for more even when it’s slightly older.

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What do I do if I can’t sell my used electronics?

If you’ve looked up the value of your tech and it’s not much, but you still want to get it out of the ،use, you can still recycle that tech responsibly instead of throwing it away. We recommend using the Best Buy recycling service, which can be used either in the store or online.

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What if my used electronics have swollen or damaged batteries?

If you’re trying to get rid of so،ing with a swollen or puffy battery, please do not throw it away or attempt to ،p it to a sales facility. Swollen batteries represent a significant fire risk, and s،uld be disposed of quickly and correctly. The best way to do this is to look up e-waste facilities in your area and safely deliver either just the battery or the w،le device to that facility.

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