Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I've Been Using eBay

I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay. - Sarah Palin
I have a lot of old gadgets and I have always been scared about selling them on eBay.  So I've mostly sold them on Gazelle.com and been very happy about it.  It's simple and easy and I get a decent amount of money for it.  Still - I have always known that all resellers like that do is wipe your device and resell it for more money on a site like eBay.  So I've been tempted to cut out the middle man a make some extra money.
A month ago I gave eBay a shot and I have been exceptionally happy with my outcome.
1st Generation Apple TV?  Gazelle would give me $16 for it.  I jailbroke it and sold it on eBay for $125.  Are you paying attention?  That is more than it costs to buy a NEW AppleTV from Apple.
Verizon Motorola Droid?  Gazelle said they would only take it for recycling.  I rooted it and sold it on eBay for $40.
When it came time to get my new iPhone 5s, I turned to sell my old iPhone 4s on eBay.  Since my 2-year contract was over I had ATT unlock it.  Gazelle was going to give me $200 and eBay gave me $295. 
My crown jewel?  My 2004 PowerBook G4. It has been worthless for quite some time in the eyes of resellers. eBay? $201. Seriously?  I live this plCe!  I can only imagine the thousands of dollars in old electronics I have given away over the years. I could have been a richer man.