The Best Way to Sell Your Old Electronic Devices
As the time interval between new editions of the iPhone or various Android devices continues to shrink, many consumers are left with an “old” model that is still very modern and usable. The difficulty for many individuals is recovering some monetary value for their old phone or tablet, instead of using it as an expensive paperweight or a storage device for old pictures and videos.
If your device is damaged beyond repair or is several years old and completely not in demand, then be sure to give it to a certified recycling center offered either through your local city’s program or some big-box electronics retailers. They will ensure the product is dismantled properly and any hazardous materials are either reused or disposed of at special facilities.
If your device still holds some value, then a service such as uSell provides consumers with a simple and efficient way to get the most for their device, without spending too much time. uSell begins with the customer entering the make and model of their phone, as well as the device’s condition into the company’s own search engine feature. uSell has a network of trusted buyers that provide dynamic information about what they consider to be a fair price for a used device. After the presentation of several offers, the customer then needs to select a buyer based upon price and also reviews from other sellers. Once chosen, the buyer sends out a free shipping kit to the seller, who simply packs up the device and sends it out. The seller gets paid after the buyer receives the device and conducts a quick inspection that ensures the device is in its stated condition.
A core benefit of a service such as uSell is that it encourages bidding competition from multiple sources, so the prices offered for devices reflect the dynamic market demand. Customers can be assured the pricing offers they receive are not unrealistically low, and the smooth process of sending the phone and receiving funds is also very attractive.
Using a service like uSell, which is finalized online and through the mail is a very secure method of completing a sales transaction. There is a rise in robberies and other unfortunate events when sellers try to arrange in-person meetings with individual online buyers, a risk which can be easily avoided by working only with companies that buy large quantities of devices. Many sellers also need to calculate the time they are spending on selling their device for the highest possible price. If they strive to acquire $15 extra for their tablet, but they spend three to four hours setting up an online posting, responding to inquiries, and driving to meet someone, then they are not being efficient. You need to forget about the $500 you might have spent on your new device and realize the market demand dictates the selling price of a used item. Technology depreciation is just a reality. Get a reasonable price with a well-reviewed buyer and then move on with your life.
An important point before actually shipping out your device is to perform a “factory reset” to effectively delete any personal data and related apps. This is especially important if you store information such as your SSN or a file of different passwords on your phone. You also should remove the phone’s SIM card as it can store a considerable amount of information.
Consumers no longer need to meet strangers in random parking lots to sell their old phones or tablets. With the availability of online tools and competitive bidding, selling a device is now more secure, efficient, and potentially profitable.