A few months back, we offered a little advice on what to do with your old tablet. Perhaps it could find a second life as a digital photo frame, an electronic cookbook, an in-car movie player for the kids or even a baby monitor to keep tabs on the littlest ones.
However, if none of those tick your boxes and you’re looking to raise a bit of extra cash by flogging off your old device, there are plenty of ways to go about it.
You can list your tablet for sale at third party auction sites like eBay, while some electronics stores will buy your old tech from you. Recycling schemes will even take broken devices off your hands and pay you for the courtesy.
However, before you jump ahead and rid yourself of the tablet there are a few things you should do first.
How much is your tablet worth?
With so many makes and models out there, it’s difficult to establish how much your old tablet is worth on the open market.
If you’re planning to sell on eBay, you can look at the Completed Listing section to establish how much similar items are going for. Hit the Advanced tab in the search box, type in the specific term (e.g. Nexus 7 2013, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, etc.) and then select Completed Listings. You can also refine that to Sold Items.
Depending on the condition of your own model, this is a good benchmark.
Prepare your tablet for sale
Back up your data
During your time with your soon-to-be-sold tablet, you’ve probably collated a lot of information. There’ll likely be photos, contacts, notes, documents, app records, music, video and podcasts you probably want to keep and load onto your replacement device.
If you’re using an Apple iPad you can back up your data using iCloud or iTunes, find out how to here.
On Android (may vary depending on model): Settings > Personal > Backup and Reset > Backup & reset.
There are also third-party apps like BT Cloud, which offers free cloud storage to every BT broadband customer, ensuring every snap you take safely nestles in the cloud.
Cleaning up the device
The most important step you must take before selling your tablet is to remove all traces that you ever used it. That means backing up the content you want to save (see above) and then performing a full wipe (also called a ‘hard reset’) to restore it to its factory settings.
On iOS: Find out how to reset and iPhone or iPad here.
On Android (may vary depending on model): Settings > Personal > Backup and Reset > Factory Data Reset.
This will mean any photos you’ve taken, apps you’ve downloaded, accounts you’re logged in to or websites you’ve browsed will be removed from the tablet. It’ll also remove any passcodes that could prevent the new owner accessing their device.
The consequences of selling a fully loaded tablet to a stranger don’t even bear thinking about. Selling a tablet you can’t power up is also a risk. You may not be able to make it work, but someone else might and it likely still contains all of your data.
Where to sell your tablet
Selling on eBay
eBay unquestionably gives you the largest potential market for your tablet, but there’s also the most competition and the potential for time-wasters, scammers and general hassle. You’ll also lose some of your bounty to listings fees.
If you decide to go down this route, you can choose a Buy It Now auction where you set a price you’re hoping to sell for, or you can run a timed auction, where the highest bidder wins the day. If you run with the latter option, you can also set a reserve price to ensure it doesn’t go for less than you’re willing to sell for.
We’ve penned a couple of guides to help you get the best price for your item on eBay. Check out 9 tips for getting the best price for your goods on eBay and here’s what to do if your eBay sale goes wrong.
Selling on recycling sites
If you don’t wish to go through the hassle of listing on eBay and want a simple one-and-done transaction then selling on recycling sites might be the best option for you.
Even if your tablet has a cracked LCD, busted speakers and won’t even power on, a lot of the ‘sell your gadgets’ sites will give you something for it, so it's always worth checking.
Apple has a Reuse and Recycle scheme that uses a third-party trade-in partner to give you store credit towards a new gadget.
Exploring the local market
There are plenty of brick and mortar stores where you can get money for your old device. High street stores like CeX will offer you something for just about anything, and you can look into their prices online too. That company will let you sell for cash, but will give you more if you’ll accept store credit. Quite a lot of video game stores like GAME will also accept trade-ins of mobile devices like tablets.
Going down this route removes postage from the equation and enables the buying party to get a good look at your device before handing over the cash, reducing the potential for hiccups down the road.
Again, like recycling sites, it’ll probably mean you’ll get less for your item than if you sold via eBay, but it can be a simpler experience.
Want an even simpler experience with the chance to get a fair fee? Tell everyone you know you’re selling the device. Maybe there’s someone who knows someone who’ll take the old tablet off your hands.
If you do decide to use an online method of sale, then postage is very important. A poorly packed item that arrives broken will scupper the whole deal.
Always pay for Special Delivery by 1pm at the Post Office. As well as allowing you to track delivery, this covers lost items up to £500.
Have you sold a tablet? Which method did you use? Let us know in the Comments section below.