Now that the dust is finally settling from the holiday hype, and the new you is ready to take on the new year, it's time to look at your holiday haul and rid yourself of gifts you know you'll never use. You did your part and graciously thanked the givers, but when push comes to shove, you know which gifts you'll use, and which are likely to sit in the back of your closet for the next year. Let go of the excess baggage as you begin 2014, and sell your unwanted or unneeded gifts online.
Even without gift receipts, your options for reselling items online go way beyond Craigslist. An entire re-commerce industry has been created online for repurposing unwanted items and selling slightly used goods ranging from electronics to outerwear. Many online companies that participate in re-commerce provide both the buy-back and reseller services, often featuring online store-fronts stocked with bought back goods.
As a seller, you have a few options to consider. Has the item been used at all, or is it brand new with tags attached? Do you know exactly how much the item was worth or will you be taking a guess? (If you're guessing, a stand-out tool to find real-time pricing of virtually any item is WorthMonkey.com.) What matters most: the actual buy-back amount or the convenience and ease of the buy-back process? Do you want to monitor the item while it is up for sale to get an optimal price, or would you rather sell it for a flat rate and let someone else do the actual re-selling of the item?
Check out these top picks for sites to re-sell your gifts at competitive prices:
Gift card buy-back services seem to come and go each year. To ensure you get the best price for your unwanted gift card(s), compare all current sites by navigating to GiftCardGranny.com, the online gift card aggregator site with a handy comparison feature.
This one-stop site for gift card exchanges features a unique tool that automatically compares the maximum percentage of your gift you card value you can receive when you sell to any of the major gift card sites, such as Raise.com, CardPool, eBay.comand more. To use this comparison feature, simply select the merchant of the gift card you want to sell from a drop down menu, and your percentage options show how much of the original gift card value you will receive, and how much the percentage differs if you select your payment in Amazon gift card (if this is an option) verses cash.
Did you get an Apple product you really don't need, or are you looking to sell your old one? Gazelle.comspecializes in cash for trade of Apple items and cell phones. To sell on Gazelle, answer a few questions about your gadget and you'll get a quote on the spot. You can ship your item to Gazelle for freeon all orders valued at $1 or more. The company offers a 30 day price lock, which allows you to make sure you have a back-up item before mailing the unwanted one in. Payment is processed via check, Amazon gift card, or PayPal.
The go-to online reseller for almost any electronic device you could want to sell is NextWorth. This site partners with companies such as Target and Lenovo to provide quick and painless cash payments for unwanted electronics. Instant quotes are available and the company promises to pay more than your original quote if the product you send in is in better condition that described.
On NextWorth, shipping is free and both tracking and insurance are provided for the items you send in. Payment for unwanted electronics is available via NextWorth Discover prepaid card, PayPal, Check, or Target gift card. Because the company partners with physical retail stores like Target, you can get a quote, sell, and receive instant store credit for your electronics with a single in-store visit.