How to Make Money Selling Your Electronics Online and Offline

Do you have electronic gadgets you’d like to get off your hand? The good news is that no matter the age or condition of the item, there’s probably a market for it. You can either sell your electronics online or offline through buyback services, create your listing through an online marketplace, drop them off at a kiosk, or trade them in for gift cards from some of your favorite retailers. The choice is yours. 

Ready to get started. Keep reading for an extensive list of options to help you earn money for your electronics. 

Option #1: Online Buyback Services 

1. AmazonTrade-In 

Through the Amazon Trade-In program, you can get an Gift Card when you turn in your electronic device. They accept Bluetooth speakers, cell phones, ECHOs, gaming devices, Kindle E-readers, streaming media players, and tablets.  

Even better, some trade-ins qualify for instant payment so you can get paid right away. However, you’ll have to input information about your item into the online portal to find out. Not sure if your product is eligible? You can view the eligibility criteria on the Amazon site.

To get started, create an online account by visiting the Trade-In program’s webpage and signing in to your Amazon account and selecting the link that reads “Your Trade-In Account.”  Input information about your item and Amazon will generate a prepaid shipping label for you to send in the item. Upon receipt, it could take up to 10 days to receive an offer. But if your item is rejected, it will be returned to you free of charge.

You can also track the status of your submission at any time through the online portal. 

2. BuyBackWorld 

BuyBackWorld makes it easy to get cash for your old electronics. To receive an instant quote, visit their website and select your item from the list of images. They accept Apple desktops, digital cameras, gaming consoles, headphones iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macbooks, smartwatches, tablets, and a host of other smartphones, electronics, and accessories. (Looking to sell an item that’s not listed? Use the form to submit a Custom Quote request and you’ll receive a response within 24 hours). 

If you like the offer and choose to move forward, BuyBackWorld will send you a shipping kit or you can print a prepaid label and send the item in. Once the item arrives at BuyBackWorld’s headquarters, it will be inspected and you’ll be paid within two business days if there aren’t any discrepancies.

You can choose to be paid through direct deposit, PayPal, prepaid debit card, or a Gift Card. The latter could be a good choice if you’re looking to upgrade your electronic gadget as they compensate you an additional five percent of your offer amount. 

3. Gadget Salvation

Gadget Salvation is another online buyback service that will pay you for an array of gadgets, including cell phones, iPhones, gaming consoles, GPS systems, laptops, mp3 players, smartwatches, tablets, electronic accessories, and more. 

To receive a quote, complete the online form or text (312) 548-9231. They’ll send you a prepaid shipping label to send in your item, and you can expect to receive payment in your bank account, or by check, PayPal, or Venmo within two business days.   

4. Gizmogul

You can sell iPads, iPhones, Macbooks, smartphones, and tablets through Gizmogul. Simply select the type of item you’d like to sell along with the brand and key details. A cash offer will appear on the screen and if you agree, Gizmogul will send you a prepaid mailer. 

The item will be inspected by a member of the Gizmogul team, and if everything checks out, you’ll be compensated within one to two business days by PayPal. (If you opt to receive a check, it will take three to five business days to arrive). 

5. GreenBuyback

GreenBuyback allows you to trade your Apple accessories, cell phones, gaming consoles, headphones, iPads, iPhones, laptops, smartwatches, tablets, wearables, and a host of other electronics for cash. 

You can use the online helper to retrieve a quote in a matter of minutes and print a prepaid UPS shipping label to send your item(s). If you need more time to decide, your offer is valid for up to 30 days. 

They will inspect your item, test it out, and pay you by check or PayPal within one and three business days. 

6. Itemcycle

If you’re an Apple enthusiast, Itemcycle is the perfect place to unload all your gadgets. They’re currently accepting Apple TVs, iMacs, iPads, MacBooks, MacBooks, Mac Minis, and MacBook Pros. 

You’ll be compensated by check or PayPal as soon as your item is inspected and tested by a member of the team. Start the process by selecting the item you’d like to sell on Itemcycle’s website. If there’s an offer available and you accept, you’ll be prompted to print out the prepaid shipping label. 

7. ItsWorthMore

Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), ItsWorthMore is another online buyback program that boasts of 2,000 positive reviews from former customers. You can initiate the buyback process by searching for your gadget or selecting the appropriate image from the homepage. 

Items accepted for buyback include Androids, Apple Watches, Android smartphones, iPads, iPhones, laptops, iMacs, iMacBooks, MacMinis, Mac Pros, Samsung smartphones, Surfaces, and Surface Studio tablets. 

8. MaxBack

MaxBack is also accredited by the BBB with an A rating. They accept Apple Watches, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, cell phones, smartwatches, and tablets in exchange for cash. Even better, they’ll pay you additional $5 for your first transaction. 

The buyback process is simple. To get started, locate your device and submit any supporting details to receive a quote that’s valid for 30 days.  

10. SellBroke

What if you have a slew of broken electronics and don’t want to toss them? If so, SellBroke is worth considering as they pay cash for broken cameras, desktops, drones, iMac, iPads, iPhones, laptops, Macbooks, tablets and a host of other electronics, even if they’re inoperable. 

It only takes a few minutes to receive an online quote and you can have the funds in your bank account in just days. As soon as you send off the item using the prepaid shipping label and it arrives at SellBroke’s headquarters, they’ll process the buyback and pay you right away. You have the option to request payment via PayPal or by check. 

Option #2: Offline Buyback Services

1. Best Buy Trade-In

Best Buy accepts the following items for trade-in: 

  • Cameras and camcorders
  • Cell phones
  • Computers 
  • E-Readers 
  • Gaming consoles and accessories 
  • MP3 players
  • Tablets
  • TV and Home Theater
  • Wearable technology

Quick Note: If you don’t see your item on the list, visit or call the store to inquire. 

In exchange, you’ll receive a Best Buy gift card to be used on a future purchase. And if it’s more convenient, you can opt to trade in your items online and the gift card will be sent to you electronically within seven to nine days of receiving your item. 

2. GameStop

Although GameStop is known as a large scale gaming console and accessory retailer, they also buy back phones and tablets. Or you can request a store credit to be used towards the purchase of a new console, game, or some other gaming accessories. 

To get a quote for your item(s), start by inputting a description in the search bar found on their trading page. If you wish to move forward in the process, you’ll be prompted to create an online profile and provided with additional instructions to move forward. 

3. Target 

Through the Trade-In program, Target will pay you the fair market value of your electronic devices in cash, through PayPal, or Target Gift Card. You can get an estimate for your device online and ship it free of charge for further inspection. If everything checks out, you’ll be compensated. 

4. Walmart 

If you’ve ever shopped online with Walmart for electronics, you may have noticed items that were refurbished and available for purchase at a bargain. Wondering where the items came from? Customers like you looking to make some cash for items they no longer want or need. So if you’re interested in the opportunity to earn some fast cash, visit Walmart’s trade-in page and request a free offer. Upon acceptance, you’ll want to print your prepaid FedEx Ground label and ship it to the CExchange. In exchange, they will send you a Walmart eGift card electronically.   

Option #3: Create Your Listing 

Prefer to create your listing and get top dollar for your electronics? Online buyback services may offer you a good deal, but you control the pricing when you list your ads. Below are some online platforms where you can post for free: 

  • Craigslist (no selling commission)
  • Facebook Marketplace (no selling commission)
  • Letgo (no selling commission)
  • Mercari (selling fee of 10 percent applies)
  • OfferUp (selling fee of 7.9 percent applies)
  • Swappa (selling fee varies by sales price)

Option #4: Sell Your Electronics Offline 

If technology isn’t your thing or you don’t want to go through the hassle of requesting a cash offer or creating a listing, there are ways to sell your electronics offline. 

1. ecoATM

ecoATM is a kiosk that will pay you on the spot for your electronics. Kiosks are located at over 2,000 retail outlets in 48 states throughout the US. Among the list of accepted items are: 

  • Android tablets
  • Amazon readers
  • Blackberry devices 
  • HTC cell phones and smartphones
  • iPads and iPhones
  • Motorola cell phones and smartphones
  • Samsung devices (i.e. Galaxy S series and Note) 

You can visit a kiosk to get an estimate or download the mobile app to locate a kiosk near you and get a quote on your device. 

2. Garage Sale 

Garage sales are another great way to earn money for your electronics if you have space. But don’t worry if you live in an apartment or don’t have a massive front yard to showcase your products and any other items that are lying around your home and must go. The flea market is just as effective, and you can rent a booth for as little as $15 in most locations. 

3. Pawn Shop

You can also secure fast cash by selling your gadgets at the local pawn shop. But before you head in, conduct an online search to get an idea of how much your item is worth. The pawnshop may offer you a little less to turn a profit when they resell the item, but you shouldn’t settle if you feel you’re being low-balled. 

Use this online tool to find a pawn shop near you. 

The Bottom Line 

Before deciding on an outlet to sell your electronics, whether online or offline, always do your homework to ensure you’re dealing with a reputable buyer. Also, price your items right and be transparent with the buyer to increase the chances of earning as much as possible for your gadgets.