Selling Your Old Electronics – FAQs Answered

With rapidly evolving technology, there is always a new model entering the market. It can sometimes be hard to keep up and you’ll likely have some old electronics hanging about your home gathering dust. Whether it’s an old smartphone, games console, tablet or camera, you properly have some sort of electronic you no longer use. Selling your old electronics is a great way to make some extra cash. If this is something you’re thinking about, read on as we take you through everything you need to know, answering some common FAQs on selling your old electronics. 

Where Can I Sell My Old Electronics?

There are several ways to sell your old electronics for extra cash, both online and offline.


Secondhand online marketplaces can be used to sell your old electronics and people even sell their old stuff through social media. However, using a dedicated electronics trading platform like Zapper is a reliable and secure way to sell your electronics and is a popular option for many people looking to declutter their homes. It offers a safe way to trade in your items for cash or to responsibly dispose of and recycle them. 


There are also ways to sell your old electronics offline such as at car boot sales or electronic resale shops, however, you may have trouble selling these especially if they are damaged or usable. 

How Much Are My Old Electronics Worth?

How much your old electronics are worth will depend on several factors, such as the type of electronic, its model or manufacturer, its condition, as well as the market demand. The better the condition and more recent the model of your electronics, the more they will be worth. 

For an instant quote on your old electronic item, you can use our instant valuation tool which will ask you a few questions about your item, and give you an instant trade-in price. We hold this quote for two weeks, giving you ample time to decide if you want to go ahead and sell your item.

What Type of Old Electronics Can I Sell?

At Zapper, you can sell a whole variety of old electronics, in various conditions. We accept old mobile phones, tablets, cameras, iPods, consoles, MP3 players and even SatNavs, meaning there really is no excuse for old electronics sitting around your home.  

What If My Electronics are Damaged or Not Working?

If your old electronics are damaged or not working, depending on your chosen resell method, you will still be able to sell them! With Zapper, we accept broken or faulty electronics and will refurbish them or use their parts to refurbish another item. If this is not possible, we’ll responsibly recycle the item, ensuring it doesn’t end up in landfill – it’s a win-win! 

It’s therefore important to be transparent about the condition of your electronic item when selling it. If you are not accurate, the trade-in company may not accept your item and you will not receive the expected payment.

What Should I Do Before Selling My Old Electronics? 

Before selling your old electronics, you will need to take some preparatory steps, especially if the electronic item could contain personal information or data. 

Back-Up Your Item

First of all, you will want to back up your item, if possible. This will ensure you don’t lose any of your files, photographs, contacts, downloads, music library or other information you may want in the future or to download onto another device. 

Remove any SIM or Memory Cards

Don’t forget about any SIM cards or memory cards that may still be in your electronic device. They also store information personal information so it’s important to remove these before selling your item. 

Factory Reset

Now it’s time to factory reset your item and wipe it of your personal data. If you have an Apple device, make sure to also dissociate the device from your iCloud account.

Are There Any Eco-Friendly Options for Disposing of Old Electronics?

There are definitely some eco-friendly and more sustainable options for disposing of old electronics. At Zapper, we will responsibly recycle your old electronics if we are not able to resell or refurbish them. 

According to new research, the UK is on track to becoming the biggest contributor to levels of electronic waste (e-waste) in Europe within the next three years. It’s thought that the UK produces 1.6 million tonnes of e-waste annually with the amount of e-waste per person predicted to equal 24.5kg within the coming year. The problem with this? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), e-waste contains multiple known and suspected neurotoxicants that can impact human health. It also contaminates our water supply, air quality and our soils. 

It is therefore important that we are not contributing to this problem, and are in fact reducing the amount of electronic waste being produced. Recycling and refurbishing old electronics is therefore a sustainable solution that betters the planet and our environment. 

Can I Sell Electronics That Are Missing Accessories or Components?

With Zapper, the answer is yes! We don’t require the accessories, chargers or other components that came with your electronic device when you sell it with us. However, if you do have them and no longer want them cluttering your home, feel free to send them to us and we’ll dispose of them responsibly on your behalf. 

Selling Your Old Electronics with Zapper 

Selling your old electronics online with Zapper is easy and it only takes a matter of minutes to receive an instant quote for your used items. We offer a fast transaction process so that as soon as we receive your items, your cash will be sent to you. We also offer free postage or home collection services, making it easy for you to send us your items. We really do make selling your old electronics easy and stress-free, whilst knowing you’re doing something positive for the environment. 
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