Getting Top Dollar for Your Electronics
Selling some of your electronics is a great way to earn some extra cash. Vista Pawn carries gaming consoles and equipment, TVs, DVD players, cameras, and more. Parting with your belongings is sometimes hard and we understand that you want to be sure that you're getting top dollar in exchange. Follow these five steps to get the most money for your electronics.
1.) Give them a thorough cleaning
Cleaning your electronics before bringing them into a pawn shop will always allow you to walk out with more money. The resale value of an item is higher when the item is sparkling clean. Exercise caution when cleaning your electronics - many of them will get damaged if you attempt to clean them with household cleaners. Using a dry microfiber cloth will successfully remove dust, dirt, and other debris from most electronics. For LCD screens and monitors with more buildup, try this simple process.
- Power off the device.
- Fill a spray bottle with 50% white vinegar and 50% water.
- Spray the mixture lightly onto a microfiber cloth.
- Wipe the screen gently and repeat as needed.
2.) Include all peripherals and accessories
Everything that came with your device should be cleaned and included. For gaming consoles, don't forget about controllers, AC power cords, audio and video cords, and any other hardware devices that came with your initial purchase. It's difficult for shops to sell an electronic with missing parts or accessories. If you bring in electronics without their accessories, you might not receive an offer. If you do, the offer will be for less money than you'd be able to net if you bring in all of the accessories.
3.) Clear the data from your devices
Remove all personal data from your devices before bringing them in. Depending on the type of electronics you have on-hand, this process takes a different amount of time. Phones and game consoles can be wiped of all data with a simple factory reset. Computers will require a little more work. You'll need to do perform a secure wipe on the device, preferably at least three times over. Be sure to back up any data that you want to keep before wiping a device. Remember that erasing your data doesn't mean that someone won't be able to retrieve it later. Clearing the data from your devices saves the shop time because they won't have to do it themselves, boosting your payout.
4.) Keep them in great condition
This might go without saying, but the better your item looks, the more money you'll get from it. Shoppers are drawn to items that look well-kept and properly maintained. Keeping electronics in good condition improves the likelihood that they'll run smoothly for their next owner. By storing your electronics correctly and keeping them in tip-top shape, you can expect a better resale value at the shop.
5.) Bring in your more recent models
Newer models will fetch more money and will work better as collateral for a pawn loan. If you have two phones to sell, the newer model will have a much better resale value for the shop. This means that you'll receive a larger dollar amount for it than you'll get for the older phone. Unless you're talking about vintage electronics, customers will always be more drawn to the newest, best model.