Get your stuff ready for sale

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No matter what site you choose, you’ll want to take a few basic steps before putting anything up for sale.

Start off by cleaning your items. Remove any dust, dirt, stickers or sticker gunk that might appear unsightly to potential buyers. This step is especially important if your site of choice requires you to take photos.

Then assess your items’ condition. Be honest: Failure to do so could result in your stuff being returned without payment and may affect your ability to sell again through the same site in the future.

You’ll often be asked to choose between categories such as:

  • Like new: Your item is in perfect working order, comes in the original packaging with all its peripherals and shows no visible signs of wear.
  • Good: Your item is fully functional, comes with all its peripherals and shows some signs of wear.
  • Poor: Your item is fully functional but shows significant signs of wear.
  • Faulty: Your item is not fully functional and is visibly damaged.

Then you’ll want to take note of the details. For tech, that would include the make and model, the year it was purchased, the color and any special features that might be of interest to potential buyers.

Find the best place to sell

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Now that your items are good to go, it’s time to shop around and see where you can get the most money. That can vary, depending on the exact item you’re selling.

It’s tough to nail down average prices on huge, constantly shifting marketplaces like eBay and Amazon. Buyback sites are much easier to compare.

To find the best buyback site, we looked at a few prominent options and their going rate for in-demand devices in good condition. Here’s what we found:

Decluttr Buyback Boss Swopsmart Gazelle
Apple iPhone 11 (128GB) $433 $365 $352 $299
Apple iPhone X (64GB) $277 $245 $252 $216
Apple iPhone 8 (128GB) $152 $120 $127 $141
Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB) $307 $300 $202 $239
Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB) $153 $145 $92 $115
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB) $216 $200 $157 $169
Google Pixel 4 (128GB) $324 $250 $307 $279
Google Pixel 3 (128GB) $135 $125 N/A $118
Google Pixel 2 (128GB) $45 $35 N/A $66
Decluttr Buyback Boss Swopsmart Gazelle
Apple iPad Pro 11” (2018) Wi-Fi 256GB $460 $455 $504 $407
Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi (64GB) $73 $55 $61 $83
Apple iPad (2018) 9.7” Wi-Fi 128GB $145 $95 $117 $117

Not all of the above sites offer prices for video game consoles upfront, so we’ve added Gamestop and Buyback World as alternatives:

Video game consoles
Decluttr Swopsmart Gamestop Buyback World
Sony PS4 Pro (1TB) $170 $139 $175 $140
Sony PS4 (500GB) $110 $103 $100 $90
XBOX One X (1TB) $176 $138 $165 $145
XBOX One S (1TB) $100 $78 $95 $80
Nintendo Switch $150 $144 $175 $157
Nintendo 3DS XL $52 $42 $40 $51

Of the services we checked out, Decluttr, Gazelle and Buyback World were the only ones that offered upfront quotes on Apple laptops:

Decluttr Gazelle Buyback World
Apple MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9 15” $800 $773 $685
Apple MacBook Core i7 1.4 12” $700 $454 N/A
Apple MacBook Air Core i5 1.6 13” $540 $328 $210

Best option: Decluttr

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In almost every case, the best option for selling old tech online was Decluttr. Despite being completely free, Decluttr sometimes paid up to 40%, 50% or even 60% more than its closest competitor.

Plus, the service is easy to use and guarantees speedy payment. As soon as they receive your stuff, you’ll get paid by direct deposit or PayPal the following day.

Just type the make, model and condition of the device you want to sell into Decluttr’s website and you’ll get a quote instantly.

Decluttr also makes it simple to sell your old physical media, like BluRays, DVDs, CDs, video games and books. To see what your items are worth, just scan the barcodes using Decluttr’s free app.

When you’re ready to sell, put your stuff into a box, attach the label provided by Decluttr and drop it off at your nearest UPS outlet. Shipping is always free, no matter how large your item is.

To get started, visit the Decluttr website or download the app. Before you know it, the junk taking up room in your home will be replaced with cold, hard cash.

About the Author

Shane Murphy

Shane Murphy


Shane is a reporter for MoneyWise. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from Western University and is a graduate of the Algonquin College Scriptwriting program.

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