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Get Cash for Your Old Cell Phone and Electronics

Old cell phones can be sold for cashBack in the day, automobile salesmen could make a decent living because a large group of people would automatically trade in their cars and buy a new one every few years. In today’s economy that’s not happening as often.

But, many people are doing this with their cell phones. When they become eligible for an upgrade after two years, they say goodbye to the old phone and step up to the newer, faster and shinier phone.

Often they keep the old phone banging around the back of their sock drawers “just in case.” However, selling used cell phones for cash is probably a smarter idea.

Fortunately there are a number of websites that will take your cell phone trade in for cash. Some will even buy used electronics. Let’s start by steering you to the best places to sell used cell phones and a couple of places that compare websites that buy cell phones for cash.

But, before we go any further, let’s talk a little about how you get paid for your cellphone. Paypal is the preferred payment method, however they will cut you a check. Anyone looking for fast cash as they sell their old cell phones, needs to have a Paypal account already set up.

Sell your cell

Celltradein.com. My wife recently upgraded her iPhone so now we have an eight gigabyte Apple iPhone 3G sitting around. Celltradein offered us the highest price, $83. The company also says it will pay a five percent bonus if you find a higher price. Celltradein also pays for shipping, as do virtually all of the other services.

Every cell phone buy back site requires you to enter information detailing the condition of your phone and their final offer depends on their inspection. If you overestimate the quality of your phone, you’re going to be disappointed. If the amount they are willing to pay is less that their original offer, you will have the opportunity to call off the deal.

Other sites I checked extended offers between $45 and $81. The sites are (in no particular order): simplysellular.com, sidestreettech.com, depstar.com,bikair.com, newtonshead.com, buybackworld.com, hellototem.com, sellyourcell.com, maxback.com, yourenew.com and sellandrecycle.com.

Automate your search

There are two comparison sites that will take your information, send it to the sites mentioned above and give you a chart that lists offers from each site that offers cash for old cell phones.

Sellcell.com. This is a simple and straightforward site. Just enter the make and model of your phone and within a few seconds you’ll have a complete run down on what you can expect to be paid when you complete the deal to send in your cell for cash.

Ecosquid.com. You get one more twist with this comparison site: it has a rewards program. You earn points by signing up with Ecosquid and receive additional points every time you complete a cell phone trade in for cash deal via its referral. These points can be used for cash back rebates on new cell phones.

Selling used electronics

Maybe you aren’t looking to sell old cell phones for cash today, but you want to find out where to sell used electronics online. Gazelle.com, Buymytronics.com and Nextworth.com will buy a wide variety of used electronic devices including Blu-Ray players, laptop computers, desktop computers, audio systems, tablets, game consoles, cell phones, digital cameras and more.

Selling used electronics works the same way as selling your used cell phone online. You’ll have to enter make, model and condition information. Usually the company will pay for shipping.

Recycling and donating

You may find that your old electronics are virtually worthless. They still need to be properly disposed.

Apple will take your old computers, either Mac or PC, as well as iPhones and iPads. If they have any value, the company will issue you a gift card. Also, Best Buy will recycle you old electronics at no cost.

Local charities like the Salvation Army will take your donation, but don’t dump hopelessly broken junk on them. eBay has a page devoted to connecting you with a wide variety of charities where you can donate your used electronics.

If you go the charity route, remember that even though your aren’t getting cash for your used electronics, you are getting a tax deduction.

How To Find Half.com Best-Selling Books

We’ve discussed the basics of selling your books, DVDs, CDs and video games on Half.com so let’s go to the next step and explore what types of books sell best.

The easy answer to this is just to give you a link to a list of the 200 best-selling books on Half.com. But, that’s really not going to do you much good. Right now for instance I see that copies from the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” series are high on that list. However, used hardcovers of those books, in good condition, are selling for less than one dollar. Hardcovers in “like new” condition are listed for five to six dollars.

I don’t mention this to discourage you from listing those types of books, but I want you to go in with your eyes open. The are jillions of copies of the mega-best sellers out there and almost as many people trying to dump their used copies. You can sell yours and make a buck or two, but it might take a while.

If you have a used bookstore nearby, you might see if it will give you more value in store credit than what you would receive if you sold your copy through Half.com.

My wife is a kindergarten teacher and we’ve taken boxes of items I didn’t feel we could sell on Half.com to a nearby used bookstore and she has tallied up hundreds of dollars in store credit. She’s always buying more books for her classroom, so this works out well for us.

Anyway, back to the original question: Which books sell best? I would put nonfiction at the top of the list, and especially guides and educational books.

Here’s the way to think about it: Any book that a person needs fairly quickly for a specific purpose will perform well on Half.com.

For example, a couple of years ago my wife and I had to take some PRAXIS exams. These are tests required for aspiring teachers. We purchased a few PRAXIS exam preparation guides. These books sold within days—if not hours—after being listed on Half.com. We have also had this kind of success selling textbooks on the website.

TIP: When you purchase and use a test preparation book, write the answers to the sample tests on a separate piece of paper so you don’t mess up the test inside the book itself. This will allow you to resell your book with a higher condition rating and save you some wrist numbing erasing down the road.

I have collected a lot of theology books over the years. I looked at my collection and asked myself which ones would I probably never open again. These have sold well. Many of these books are printed in fairly small numbers, at least when compared to the Harry Potter books, and they don’t stay in print forever. Those qualities make them good candidates for selling on Half.com.

How about you? What has sold best for you? Let us know.

There’s Gold in those Old Books, DVDs and Video Games!

Okay, can we talk? When’s the last time you watched that 3-disk set of season one of “The Office”? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Then, why is it still cluttering your shelves?

eBay’s sister site, Half.com, is a great way to get rid of your DVDs, books, CDs, video games and video game systems. Setting up an account is easy. You’ll need to enter some basic information along with a credit card number and bank account information.

Half.com only uses your credit card information to confirm your identity. When you make sales on the Half.com website, the money is deposited to your checking account. This is one of the main differences between selling on Half.com and eBay, which deposits money to your PayPal account.

One of the best things about selling on Half.com is the ease at which you can list your books, CDs, DVDs and games. Carve out a little time to your bookshelves for the tomes you’re never likely to read or need again.

TIP: If you haven’t touched it for a few years, get rid of it.

Now comes the easy part. Sit down in a comfortable chair with your stack of books, log onto Half.com and start entering your information. For books, you type in the ISBN number. For other items the UPC code is the key.

Unlike eBay, you don’t have to give your sale a title, upload pictures and answer a bunch of other questions. The Half.com system fills in most of the information. You just need to give each item a condition rating and if you think it’s helpful, describe or explain the condition. For a book you might add, “Slight crease on the back cover,” for example.

TIP: Be totally honest about the condition of your items. Nothing trumps customer satisfaction when you’re selling online. Never misrepresent your goods. It’s better to have a customer be pleasantly surprised by the great condition of your items than disappointed by items in unexpectedly poor condition.

Also unlike eBay, items listed here are not going up for auction. You set your price. Depending on the condition of yours and previous sales/listings of the same item, Half.com will often suggest a price.

Finally, to point out one more difference between selling on Half.com and eBay, whatever you list on Half.com stays there until it is sold, unlike eBay auctions which have an end date.

This should get you started. Next time we’ll talk about which kinds of items do the best on Half.com, shipping and a few other tips.