Sell second hand electronics – or donate them

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

Paul Lewis and Kate Thornton launch Recycle Your Electricals campaign Paul Lewis and Kate Thornton launch Recycle Your Electricals campaign

It’s easy to sell your unwanted electricals on these peer-to-peer sites

Or get cash for your old electricals from a reseller that refurbishes

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. It makes the rest so much easier.

man preparing laptop and phone for sale


Before bagging up your old items, make sure you remove batteries, bulbs and memory cards, and delete data from smart devices and IT. See our guide.

Prepare your items for recycling

Cash in

Check out peer-to-peer market places – where you get to keep most of the sale price. Or, if you’re replacing a product, some retailers buy back your old one.

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Home truths

Your unused electricals could be worth up to £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?

Expert view: the value in your second hand electronics

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. 

Read Paul’s advice on selling old electricals
Paul Lewis launching Cash In Your Electricals campaign
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Did you know?

Recycle everything else

Can’t sell, repair or donate it? Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled.