Living in New York is both thrilling and expensive. New York is a city of life and there is always something exciting to do. As New Yorkers, we love this city with all of our hearts, but we know how expensive it can be to live here! One of the easiest side hustles to add some extra cash to your bank account is selling your used tech. Take the items that are just sitting in drawers or around your house and make money off of them!
You DO have tech to sell
Tech isn't something that most of us just have piles laying around the house, but most of us do have a few items we could list for sale whether we realize it or not. Check out the list below or this extensive used tech list to see if you have any of these items or similar that you no longer use.
Easiest tech to sell
- used iPhones - iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 9, iPhone SE, iPhone 10, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13
- used laptops - MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Chromebook, Windows laptops, Dell Latitude, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, Samsung
- used gaming systems - PlayStation 4, Playstation 3, xBox Series X, XBox One, Nintendo Switch, Game Cube, VR head sets
- iPads and used tablets - iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, Galaxy Tab 4, Galaxy Tab 3, Surface Go, Surface 3, Amazon Kindle, Kobo e-reader
- home tech - lamps, lighting systems, grow lights for plants, neon signs, light up mirrors, vacuums, robo vacuums
- personal care tech - Dyson hair dryers, Dyson Airwraps, hair dryers, electronic beauty masks
- used home security - security cameras, home security systems, window and door alarms
- tech accessories - Apple keyboards, keyboards, PlayStation controllers, xBox controllers, Nintendo controllers, game bundles, external hard drives, Sony headsets, wireless headsets, gaming headsets
- kitchen tech - used coffee makers, used blenders, toaster ovens, electric kettles, rice cookers, slow cookers
- used smart phones - Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S20, Google Pixel, LG G8 ThinQ, LG G7 ThinQ, LG V20, LG Stylo 5, LG G6, Motorola Moto E6, Motorola G7 Play, HTC One M8, HTC Desire 610
How to sell used tech as a side hustle
There are a few ways to sell your used tech, but the easiest way is through Lovd. You can do pricing research, sign up for multiple online marketplaces, create your own listings with photos and videos, negotiate with buyers, and handle delivery - or you could just used Lovd.
The Lovd app is a great way to sell your used tech and pre-Lovd electronics without the hassle of selling on your own and with the benefit of avoiding trade in credits. Lovd was created with sellers in mind and our goal is to make selling used tech safer and easier than ever.
Lovd will pick up your tech directly from your front door or provide shipping labels so you can send it to our HQ in New York City. Then we clean and verify your tech. We’ll do the market research to find the best price while writing a compelling description and taking high-quality photos and videos. That’s right, we do all of the hard work while you relax!
One major benefit of using Lovd is that we list your used tech not only on Lovd but we also list it on other online market places to make sure it sells fast. And once buyers are interested, we’ll handle the communication, negotiation, and delivery.
It’s really that easy. On average, sellers spend 4-6 hours of their time on selling each item they list. What is your time worth? If you price your time at $20 per hour, you’re spending up to $120+ to list your own tech. Let Lovd handle the work for you!
When to sell your used tech
Many of us have used tech and electronics around the house that we look at from time to time, but never use. Here's a few short steps to think through when deciding whether or not it's time to sell your tech that's collecting dust.
- Do you use the device frequently? We often hold onto things thinking one day we may use it or it could come in handy, but if the last time you opened that laptop was 6-12 months ago, it's doubtful you need to keep holding onto it. Maybe you'd be better off with a tablet or your smartphone gives you all of the internet surfing abilities you
- Do you have more than one? With items like cameras, gaming consoles, controllers, and external hard drives, we often find ourselves with a growing collection. Do you need multiple cameras? And would you rather have cash in your pocket to buy upgraded lenses, a flash, or other accessories for the camera you use most often? Think about why you're collecting so many and if they really bring value to your life.
- Is an updated version being released? If you're willing to part with your tech before the updated version is announced, you could get a great deal and have money to buy the newest version! For example, many xBox users sold their xBox One before the xBox Series X was announced. This was a smart move on their part because they were able to sell their xBox One for a great price and pocket that money to go towards the xBox Series X once it was released! The trick here is that you may have to go a few months without playing your favorite game.
- Are you looking for a change or update? Maybe you've had the same lamps for a few years but they don't really match your home decor any longer. Or maybe you have a great espresso machine and recently realized you prefer pour over coffee. Many people sell their used electronics simply to get something new and different! Lovd even has some sellers who consistently change out their home electronics for new ones just to mix it up!
It’s important to sell your tech as soon as you realize you don’t need it. Not only does selling quickly declutter, but it also helps you get the best price! Most of us have pre-Lovd tech or electronics that simply collect dust in our house or live permanently in one of our drawers. The faster you decide to sell your used tech or used electronics, the more money you can make. Let's look at why that is and how you can start making extra cash selling your old tech and secondhand electronics.
Due to constant improvements in the technology we use every day - cell phones, smart phones, smart TVs, robot vacuums, digital cameras, computers, laptops, etc. tech becomes outdated really fast. Your smart TV isn't so smart a few years later when the newer versions can make you lunch.
Apple iPhones are a great example - your iPhone becomes worth less money as soon as Apple announces the launch of a new model. And every month you wait after the launch, the price continues to decrease. Think of tech as a car- it loses value the second you drive it off the lot.