Preparing Unused Electronics to Sell Quickly & Easily

Preparing Unused Electronics to Sell Quickly & Easily

Anthony Nguyen
Apr 3, 2012

Spring is here in full force and you know what that means — spring cleaning time! But who has all that time to sell their belongings on eBay and Craigslist, especially when it comes to any unused tech you've accumulated over the past year? This is where traditional flyers (combined with the now critically-acclaimed Tumblr method) comes into play.

Inventory: After placing all of the items you wish to sell into a box or corner, create an inventory of all your items and track them via a spreadsheet using Excel or Google Docs.

Research: If you're inclined to sell quickly, don't be tempted to price items near retail cost. Instead, try to price things at or below 50% of what you paid for. Feel free to provide the retail price of the item so individuals can do their own comparisons, but if it sounds cheap to them in the short term, you should be able to make a quick sale with no sweat.

Tumblr: Using Mike's Tumblr method, take pictures of each of your items (1-2 pictures should suffice) with good lighting and include a concise description of the condition of the item and asking price. Send the Tumblr link to your friends, family, and co-workers, asking them to spread the word, if possible.

Flyers: Paper may be considered old school, but if you have a community board or coffee shop you treat as your watering grounds, there's no better way to sell fast than local. Basically, take a screen capture of your Tumblr page (we recommend switching to a mosaic or thumbnail view), indicate that you need to sell items fast and thus, are pricing everything at 50%, and include a link.

If you do it right, you should be getting plenty of emails from individuals you probably know or have passed by during the daily haul, who will be happy to take those unused goods off your hands. While it's not a completely new or groundbreaking way of selling, if you want to offload your tech in one fell swoop, we suggest giving it a shot.

(Images: Anthony Nguyen, Mike Tyson)

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