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Today’s post is by Stewart McGrenary, managing director of Freestyll, a Glasgow-based reseller of refurbished tech, including iPads, iPhones, Apple watches and MacBooks.
If you’ve got old stuff lying around the house gathering dust, why not put it to good use and make some cash? Old electronics. bulky furniture and even broken appliances can be sold or exchanged these days, it’s just a matter of when and how.
So, save that 90s flip-phone from the trash heap—you’ll be doing a service to the environment and even earn a bit of money along the way. Here’s how:
Do you have a friend or family member who you think will love your hand-me-downs? If you’re not keen on keeping them, then brighten someone else’s day.
No takers? Make a charitable donation! Non-profits, churches and schools are always in need of used or second-hand items to help those in need. Find a local organization that you feel good about, and feel even better when you make your contribution.
You won’t earn cash, but you’ll probably win a smile or two.
Clean out your garage, empty the attic and get rid of the excess that’s clogging up your closets by selling in the second-hand market. Your old iPod, mobile phone and Gameboy handheld just might be someone else’s treasure.
Many retail shops offer trade-in deals on mobile phones and other tech, including games, consoles and toys. For example:
Host an auction on eBay, or list your price and sell to the first interested party. If you’re not sure of your item’s value, search the eBay listings under “completed” to see how much the recent buying prices were.
Amazon Marketplace is also a good place to post your second-hand stuff. Listings reach millions of potential buyers interested in all sorts of merchandise, including old books, music, DVDs, your first-gen Kindle and other old gadgets.
And, of course, there’s always Craigslist and Gumtree listings.
As you can see, there are a plethora of options available when it comes to getting rid of your old stuff. And, even if you can’t sell, it feels great to reduce clutter without damaging the environment. Plus, you might just make someone’s day, in the process, when they stumble across a cherished item that is no longer available in stores.
Remember, budgeting is not restrictive. You won’t be spending less, you’ll be spending right. You can do this! Today. Right now. What do you have to lose? Except all that debt and stress. (Ok, so kind of a lot.)
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