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What To Do With Your Unwanted (Tech) Christmas Presents

Author: Compare Guru
Date: 2017-01-04
We don’t always get the (Christmas) presents we had hoped for. In this event, especially with tech, here’s what you can do.
Buying the right gift for someone is never easy, especially if you're buying a tech gift for someone who has pretty much everything. What happens, though, if you're the one getting a tech gift and it's either something that you already have or something that's not compatible with your other technology? Well, the obvious choice is to sell it. Tech items tend to get a fairly high resale value. Especially if it's an Apple product (which tends to have the highest resale of most tech products). mobiledeals_article_banner

What To Consider Before Selling Your Tech

Before you sell any of your tech, there are a few things you need to do:
  • Back up all of your information. Tablets and smartphones make this easy as each OS (iOS or Android) have their own Cloud Drive service which backs up your information. Alternatively, back everything up to an external hard drive (this is the easiest thing to do with a computer).
  • Factory reset your device. Deleting files on your phone, tablet, or computer just means that they're sitting in a trash folder, but are usually still accessible or recoverable. Factory resetting your device ensures that it returns to the original factory settings and wipes all of your data from the device.
  • Deauthorise any subscription services or linked social media accounts. Usually services and platforms (social media, banking, Netflix / Showmax, etc.) authorise your device to make it easier to connect and sign in. Go to your social media accounts and service platforms from a computer and ensure that you deauthorise the device/s you're going to be selling.
  • If you're selling something that can take a CD / DVD or SD card, make sure you remove that from the device before you sell it. The last thing you want is to find out that the camera you sold a week ago has all your holiday photos on an SD card, which is still in the camera.

How To Sell Your Unwanted Tech

Now that you've done all of the above, you need to sell your stuff. You could sell it to a friend. But if that isn't possible, then you could try a store like Cash Crusaders or Cash Convertors. They might not give you the best price for your goods, but you'll still be getting some cash. If that doesn't work for you, then the best option is to sell your goods online. The obvious sites would be Gumtree and OLX, but Takealot also allows people to sell on their website.


If you're going to be selling on OLX, here's what you need to know:
  • First off, click on "Submit an ad".
  • Provide as much detail as you can about the item you’d like to sell.
  • Be sure to select a category that the item can be grouped into, along with your contact information.
  • Then click "Submit".
And that’s it. OLX does advise to keep an eye on your email inbox, because they might need to verify your ad before it goes live.


If you're selling on Gumtree, this is how to create an ad:
  • First, choose the category of the item you will be selling.
  • If there's a sub-category, you'll need to select that as well as the brand (if the option appears).
  • Then, select the province you're in, and then the area in that province.
  • You'll then need to enter the actual information for the ad - ad title, description, images, cost etc.


If you're selling on Takealot, you'll need to sign up through their online Seller Portal. Takealot will store your items. They'll help manage your inventory - if you have multiple items. Your item/s will be displayed on the Takealot website and they'll ship it to the buyer.   So, no matter what you get for Christmas (or any other time of year), there are definitely ways to make money from any unwanted goods.

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