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.