During our move back to Kentucky, I was surprised at just how many electronics we had, both in our apartment and at the house. Nearly every closet I looked into had boxes of old computer parts or old electronics that we don't even use. I even found two or three old gaming systems neatly boxed away in the closet. I'll freely admit, my husband and I are tech packrats. As someone who strives to be eco-friendly, however, I can't stand the thought of getting rid of anything. For this reason, as part of our spring cleaning efforts, I decided it's time to donate or sell our old electronics. When I decided to sell my stuff, I go to a local used store, but if you live in the UK, you enjoy the convenience of using an online store like Music Magpie.
What to Donate or Sell
While many of us like to keep electronics or an old television for a rainy day – let's face it, odds are good that we will never use it again. When we came back home, we had three microwaves sitting around. How could anyone possibly use three microwaves? When looking at your old electronics, remember why you replaced them in the first place. Usually, we replaced an old device for a reason. We wanted something with more features or maybe they stopped making games for that old gaming system?
When looking at everything in your closet, I recommend sorting electronics into three categories:
- Electronics that work & are spares
- Electronics that are outdated
- Electronics that no longer operate
By putting items in one of these categories, it is easier for me to decide if it's better to sell my stuff or keep it. If electronics fall in the last category, it may be time to bring them to your nearby recycling center. DO NOT throw them in the trash. Some electronics, especially old monitors and televisions, can have mercury inside the tube, or lead shielding elsewhere. These devices should be properly disposed of so they do not do harm to the environment or other people.
Making Money From Old Tech
Want to know a little secret about many people don't realize? You can make money off those old electronics that are collecting dust in your closet. In the past, I used to make some extra money selling stuff at online retailers – especially my old electronics and books. It is my own goal this year to get rid of all the outdated electronics, especially televisions and gaming systems. I cannot think of any reason why I would ever get out the old Xbox or Playstation 2 – making them prime targets for selling since they won't be missed. Be
While I can sell my stuff at an auction site, this can be very time consuming. Personally, I prefer selling my stuff to stores that buy used electronics, games, and music since you can very quickly turn these old electronics into cash. Usually you can get a fair price on used items from online used retailers like Music Magpie. I believe very strongly in the philosophy of one man's junk is another man's treasure. Best of all, everyone wins – you get cash and someone gets a new (to them) gaming system or other device they were hoping to find! Who knew spring cleaning could be so much fun?