Common mistakes when selling second-hand gadgets

Common mistakes when selling second-hand gadgets

There is a huge market for second-hand gadgets. Some people are willing to buy your pre-loved smartphone, gaming console or laptop so long as it means paying for a fraction of its retail price. However, many sellers make these mistakes that turn potential buyers away.


Keeping it in poor condition


Buyers looking for second-hand gadgets still have standards. So if you want to eventually be able to resell your gadgets, take good care of them. A cheap screen protector and casing will prevent wear from normal use. Also, give it a good cleaning before taking photos (if selling online) or bringing it to a meetup with a potential buyer. You’d be surprised how much more expensive your white cell phone looks once you’ve rubbed out a few dirt stains on its body and wiped down the screen.


Not including accessories


Selling the unit without the accessories can drive buyers to suspect that the item is worn out or stolen. So, put a bit of effort into looking for those missing USB cables, CD drivers and earphones. If you have no use for them, also include the accessories that did not come with the original item, but that you bought on your own. These could be the protector, adapter, keyboard, carrying case, software applications or charging dock

Buyers always want to get more value for their money regardless if they have any use for those accessories or not.


Throwing away the packaging


Just like the accessories, the presence of the box and manuals proves that you’re the original owner of the item. In addition, the packaging usually contains information that would prove useful to the new owner. This is especially important if the gadget is still under warranty. If possible, you could also include the original receipt, which most service centers require. All of these add to the resale value of the item.


Setting the price too high (or too low)


Remember that the price should be just right. Set it too high and buyers would think that they are better off buying brand new. On the other hand, if you set it too low, it might come off as too suspicious. To know the right price, check how much other sellers are valuing the same item. If your gadget hasn’t been in the retail market for a while, check its mall price and adjust to a second-hand price.


Bonus: Not protecting personal data

When reselling a gadget, most people would remember to erase contacts, messages, photos, videos—and that’s it. But, our gadgets contain a lot more information about ourselves in the form of browser history, e-mails, passwords, bank accounts, notes, apps, calendar appointments, social media, etc.

The best way to make sure that all your data has truly been wiped out is to do a hard factory reset. This will bring your gadget to its internal condition when you first bought it. You can find instructions for doing this type of reset in the manual, online, or by checking with your brand’s customer service. Lastly, remember to also take out all those tiny SD cards and SIM cards.