Remember, You Can Sell Your Broken Gadgets On eBay

Remember, You Can Sell Your Broken Gadgets On eBay

It’s a sad day when a beloved piece of tech finally bites the dust. But don’t go throwing it in the garbage! Remember that you can sell broken tech on eBay and put a little cash back in your pocket.

Some of you already know this, but for everyone else, I think it’s deserving of a reminder: Even if you think something is completely worthless, there’s a chance someone out there will pay for it (as long as you’re honest about its condition). Maybe they can fix it, maybe they can salvage a few parts, or maybe they just want to turn it into a weird art piece. When something breaks, checking past eBay auctions for “as is” and “not working” items (to see if similar items have sold before) should be your first stop.

In the past year, I’ve sold a broken speaker set for $30, a dead video card for $50, and a broken and very-past-its-prime first generation iPad for $60. Those numbers may not be a lot compared to the original cost of the item ($150, $300, and $700, respectively), but hey — it’s money in your pocket, and it can subsidise that upgrade you’ve been waiting for.

Just remember: Be completely honest about the condition of the item, provide good photos, and chances are your buyer will be very happy.


  • Pretty unenthused about selling on ebay and Paypal altogether right now. Out of pocket shipping for 3-4 weeks until they release the damn funds and then you have to wait to transfer it to your bank account.

  • Damn straight, i’ve just sold a couple of expensive things for the first time and you have to wait 7 days after the estimated delivery time to get your money? I understand they’re trying to protect people but it’s utter rubbish! Wish I knew.

  • Purchase “Insert Console” Game on ebay
    Play “Insert Console” Game.
    Finish “Insert Console” Game.
    Decide if you’ll ever play it again. If not:
    Sell on Ebay to fund your next “Insert Console” Game

    Think i pay about $10-15 a game for the pleasure of playing it.

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