There’s a new service on eBay that allows you to forgo the hassle and cost of doing an auction for your old electronics. In the EBay Instant Sale area, you simply type in the model and condition of your old Cell phone, camera, computer, etc., and whether the charger’s included and they’ll quote you a price immediately. eBay’s tilt on this is that it’s a green initiative as well, preventing electronics from ending up in landfills, but you can make a few bucks in the process.
Here’s What My Stuff’s Worth
- iPhone 3GS – I checked out what I could get for my iPhone 3GS (if I were so desperate for the latest thing that I had to upgrade to an iPhone 4) and got a surprisingly high $200 quote.
- Garmin c330 – Since I use my iPhone as my GPS primarily these days, I was curious what I could get for my old Garmin GPS unit for 5 years back. The maps are pretty out of date and I’ve never been real pleased with its performance anyway, so I checked out what I could get. The c330 unit fetched $10 with the mounting bracket, $8 without.
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By contrast, when I checked out some of the auctions for the Garmin c330, I saw routine buy-it-now prices and auction prices hovering in the $30-$45 range though. In my mind, if I’m going to part with it, and I can only get even $30, it’s still worth the extra money to just host an auction and sell it conventionally. On the iPhone, people would probably be much more hesitant to buy a used unit at anything above the price quoted above though.
I suspect there’s a place for each type of transaction – check out both ways, but if anything, perhaps this article will spur you to get rid of some old electronics and make a few bucks! My drawers are full of stuff I should either throw out or sell, so even if I make a few bucks on the side and save some landfill space, great!