[campaign] Sell second hand electronics – or donate them

Kate Thornton gets advice from personal finance guru Paul Lewis on cashing in and donating old electricals.

Second hand electronics and electricals

See how much money you could make

In these uncertain times, we could all do with a little extra cash.

£125 for a games console

Many unused electrical and electronic products are hot property second hand.

£165 for a laptop

An estimated 31 million laptops are gathering dust in UK homes – chances are you have one somewhere.

£110 for a mobile phone

Millions of us have at least two old phones sitting idle in a drawer. See our guide to deleting your data and you’ll be good to let go.

How to delete your data

Your unused electricals could be worth £620

TV presenter Kate Thornton consults personal money expert Paul Lewis and is amazed to learn the second-hand value of the electricals she has stashed away at home. Are you ready to turn your electricals into cash?

Get ready to sell second-hand electronics

Three simple steps

With a little preparation you could be quids in


Separate your unwanted electricals into 3 piles: sell, donate, or recycle.


Remove batteries, bulbs and memory cards, and delete data from smart devices and IT.

Prepare your items for recycling

Cash in

On peer-to-peer market places you get to keep most of the sale price. Replacing a product? Many retailers now take your old one.

Where can you sell electronics online?

Here are just a few of the sites where you can turn your unwanted electricals into cash. For a little extra effort, you’re likely to get most value from a peer-to-peer market place, but if you’re buying new products check if the retailer has a trade-in programmes.

Expert view: the value in your second hand electronics

Paul Lewis talking about selling, donating or recycling electricals

Now is a good time to sell electronics and electrical gear

Read the BBC’s personal money guru, Paul Lewis, with advice on turning your old electricals into cash – or donating them so that someone else can make use of them. He’s also got some great tips on how to cope financially during these tough economic times. 

Did you know?

Millions of kettles not making tea is so unBritish – and the waste of resources is enough to make your blood boil. If your love for your old kettle has cooled off, why not donate or recycle it?

Find your nearest reuse and recycling point.

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