For many of us, our list of used gadgets grow as we grow older. Smartphones and laptops may be passed down to younger members of the family, but oftentimes, they end up lying around the house, collecting dust.
As with all gadgets, there is a value to them that you can actually unlock by selling them. If you’re not sure where to start, this guide will be helpful. Here are five ways you can sell your pre-loved tech.
Seeing how big Facebook has become, you would think it’s the best way to sell off your item. And it sort of is…if you know where to go. If you post it on your wall, the only people you’re reaching out to are those in your friends list – it’d be better if you could reach more people, right?
That’s where Facebook Groups come in. It is one of the most accessible social marketplaces you could use to sell off your gadgets. There are dedicated Facebook groups that cater to users who wish to buy and sell pre-loved items.
To reach more people, why not sell your wares at Malaysia’s largest online community? The Lowyat.NET forums have a dedicated Garage Sales subforum, that’s easily one of the most active subforums on the site. You can post up a sale thread, and for maximum visibility you can “bump” your thread once every 24 hours to bring it to the top of the subforum. There’s a dedicated personal messaging feature as well, though they’re all designed for the desktop – opening a sales thread from your smartphone can prove a challenge.
Another option is to use online marketplaces like Mudah and Lelong. These are viable options where the company will protect your rights as a seller and manage the purchasing process for you. That being said, these sites often require you to pay to have your listing featured. Otherwise, it would be drowned out by other paid posts.
Word of Mouth
If that doesn’t work out, you can always sell your pre-loved gadgets by word of mouth. This involves going up to friends, family, and virtually anyone you know, telling them you have a used gadget for sale. This would require plenty of patience and potentially, lots of footwork involved. It also means you may have to offer a “brother price”, not to mention becoming tech support should anything go wrong with the device in the future.
Ever heard of the saying, “there’s an app for that”? It’s true, as there are apps for you to sell your pre-loved gadgets and virtually anything! Apps like Carousell has been around for a while, but ImSold is a new contender that aims to smoothen the entire selling process.
So what exactly is ImSold? Available on both iOS and Android, ImSold is a mobile marketplace that facilitates the selling of your item through an app. All you need to do is download the app, sign up for an account, snap a picture of the gadget you wish to sell, fill up the description and voila, you’re done.
Once the listing is up, just wait for interested parties who can then start negotiating on the price, postage or meet up details, and more – all within the app.
There are many ways to sell your pre-loved gadgets, but using an app on your smartphones is by far the easiest, and most efficient means to do so. After all, this step should be the easiest, as the next parts require a lot more thought and social skills: how much do you think your device is worth today? When you find an interested party, how low will you negotiate an agreed price?
We can’t answer those for you, but you’re certainly one step into making some money off of your old gadgets.
Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by ImSold!