How to Sell Your Unwanted Christmas Gadgets and Tat

By Gary Cutlack on at

Did you get a pile of poorly targeted presents this year? Or worse still, ironic gifts that were lined up for the bin before the fake smile on your face had faded? Poor you.

But also lucky you, as you can now sell them for life-enhancing, empowering, lovely old proper money!

Imagine having some money instead of that entry level drone! Imagine some cash right in the place where that bright pink (cheapest option) fitness tracker is! Imagine selling everything you hate and buying nice things instead!

You don't have to imagine. This is the real world. You can do. Online and from your phone. You are in charge of you. Ditch it. Free your mind, sock drawer, loft and cupboards of the detritus of Christmas.



Post It Off

Don't keep that smartwatch boxed in your sock drawer -- sell it now before its residual value drops to zero (three months away, tops). Numerous online trade sites will take gadgets off your hands, with the likes of Gadgetmill offering a decent £250 for unwanted Apple watches and just £30 for a Galaxy Gear. Money arrives via BACS. It's a perfect reverse Christmas.


Ditch it Online

The retail behemoths would like your stuff -- and the commision they take. Amazon's Marketplace is open to casual punters just trying to ship one thing, and although it's a bit of a pain to sign up, you do get to set your price and leave it hanging for as long as you like.

eBay is the other big option, although for expensive gadgetry it can be a bit of a nightmare. Plenty of people want to rip you off and, speaking from experience, try to shift a mobile phone and you'll be hounded by idiots offering you half the RRP and trying to come up with any excuse to push through an automated refund.


They're not the only choices, though. Upcoming tech shop Swappa is winning masses of friends by offering a simple P2P selling process with low fees, plus the way device validity and IMEI codes of phones are checked before selling gives buyers some reassurances they're not getting conned. And happy buyers means happy sellers.

Swappa would rather you use Paypal, though, which is a bit of a deal-breaker to some.

Online ads site Preloved is a hybrid of eBay and the usual classifieds, letting sellers list stuff for free and buyers search geographically. There may be a bit of face-to-face interaction involved, but that's worth it to escape eBay's 10 per cent final value fee, especially if selling an expensive tech thing.


Sell to a Friend

So try this. No commission. No postage. There's slight worry that it might break after a week -- or worse, after the warranty has expired -- and sour a friendship for life, but that's the only real risk. Just make sure it's not the one who gave it to you in the first place.



Take it Down the High Street

If there's a battered old Computer Exchange near where you live, they'll accept skip-loads of phones and laptops, not to mention any excess video games and old computer RAM you might need shot of.

Even Argos has a gadget trade in service nowadays, although it's rather antiquated and relies upon having a personal in-store valuation, like you're on an ITV antiques programme and your crappy MP3 player is an Edwardian masterpiece.


Literally Convert it into Cash Cash Converters. Not the classiest of shop, but they take all manner of tech and also gold, should someone have asked you to marry them on Christmas Eve.


Go Official

The UK's mobile networks all offer various cash-in options, like O2's Recycle programme -- that'll give you, for example, £335 for an unwanted iPhone 6S, should a distant wealthy uncle have gone really overboard to make up for the years of zero contact this Christmas.


Offer it to the Community

The best thing about Facebook is the way anyone can create a community page to buy, sell and trade items. There's probably one for your area. There's one for my area, and I live in the middle of nowhere. The past week has seen juicers, car wheels, tablets, iPhones, dresses, shoes, weightlifting equipment and Sky boxes up for sale, some new, some old, but all local and waiting to be picked up on the same day.



Forget Amazon Prime, buying and selling from your neighbours ensures instant delivery and a no quibble returns policy -- if it's rubbish, chuck it back in their garden.


Engage With a Niche

If you're selling a gadget with a fan base, try engaging directly with a forum or web site. An Android fan blog might be a great place to pitch/dump your LG smartwatch, for example, in the comment section beneath its review. Or tweet its authors and ask for a "shout out" regarding a sale.

You get a commission-free sale to someone who knows what they're buying so won't ask any stupid questions. Result.


But Just Dump the Hoverboard

It's not even a hoverboard. You can see the wheels.

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