Used tech devices are one of the most popular products being sold online. CNET recently listed down the used tech items that should be reconsidered if an individual is trying to save a little money or make some since there are a few things you should know before buying or selling used items.
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According to CNET's previous report, used gadgets such as wearables, gaming consoles, phones, and other gently owned tech products are an easy and quick way to make money. A device that works enough can potentially save or make hundreds of dollars through a dedicated resale site or a peer-to-peer exchange.
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However, there are some tech items that you should consider recycling or simply replacing with a new one instead. Here are some tips if you are thinking of buying a used electronic device instead of a new one off the shelf, or offloading some of your stuff to make a little extra cash.
Want to sell used tech items? Here is the list of items you should not sell or buy
According to CNET, there are some used electronic products and devices that are best bought from online stores because of security and hygiene concerns. These used tech items either don't have good value buys, won't have a high selling price, or should be avoided because of the ick factor alone. Here are some of the items that you should not buy or sell.
Personal Hygiene Products
This is an obvious one, but there are still some people who to sell their electronic razor or electric toothbrush. Even if an individual only sells the untouched brush head, the electric toothbrush's handle might still have some of the salivae of its previous owner.
Smart Home Device
Since companies or manufacturers are having trouble preventing video doorbell and camera feeds from suddenly showing up in the wrong person's account when the devices are new, buying a used smart home device might lead to a security breach.
Portable Hard Drives
Selling used external drives should be reconsidered since they are often used as an easy way to store important documents or to back up computers. An individual risks exposing their personal information by selling their used portable hard drives to an unknown buyer, unless they properly and thoroughly erase its contents.
There are some cases stating that baby monitors can lead to hacking incidents since the used tech device can record sensitive information heard from inside the house. Parents may also feel more comfortable knowing that the device they will buy to record their newborn baby wasn't used before by some stranger.
Over The Ear Headphones
Since the earpads can soak up its owner's sweat, sanitizing over-ear headphones won't be an easy task. The earpads can also develop crusts of dead skin and grease shed from the owner's face. You might want to reconsider buying a used headphone since most of the models don't have a way to swap out the earcups.