We all love our tech. Those amazing little devices that can do so much in such a short space of time despite looking paper thin and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Then that moment arrives that the next model or an upgrade is released into the public domain and you find yourself picking up on the smallest of glitches that leave you wanting to cast your current model aside like a broken down, comfortable car in favour of something a bit more flash.
The problem with the newer models or the latest releases is that they’re often very expensive. Having already splashed out on your existing tech, can you justify spending the same – if not more – again on a device with a little bit more software, a slightly different design or a different colour? Some people aren’t given a choice – Apple for instance stop producing their “old models” as soon as a newer one is released and once they’re gone, they’re gone. This forces you into buying the latest version if yours is not working any more, but how can you afford it?
Out with the old
The best thing you could do to raise a bit of extra cash is to sell your existing device and try and recoup some money to put towards the new one. Many people wait until the time new devices are released and buy the “old” versions at discounted prices or buy second-hand from their friends and family – we’ve all tried to sell phones or games to people when we’ve finished with them, it makes sense!
What’s more, it’s a great way of clearing some clutter from around the house. Many people end up with drawers full of old or replaced items that they just can’t throw away or “might use again in an emergency”, when in actual fact they could be sitting on a financial goldmine.
Find the best package
It can be as simple as shopping around to ensure that you find the best overall package on your new device. While many will come with a set fee, others can be found at different prices with different specifications and styles that will suit you – and your budget! A lot of the latest and greatest tech comes with features that you’re never going to use, but you end up paying for the privilege. Look around at your options – similar devices, what you actually want your device to do, that kind of thing – and choose the best all-round package for you in terms of spec and price.
Make sure it is protected
Having spent so much on your new device, you want to make sure that it remains in peak condition. So many people have dropped their smartphones and had the soul-destroying moment where they realise that the screen has shattered, and that they’re not insured or it’s damaged beyond repair and they need to buy a new one. Getting some form of protective case – either in the form of a screen protector to stop scratches, a wrap-around cover or even a “sock” will help to keep it looking shiny and new and adding value to it when the time comes to sell it on and get the newest new model!
Whether you’re looking to sell iPhone or other smartphones or buy the newest tablets, it always pays to do plenty of research beforehand. Finding out the market value of your old item and the new one, as well as researching all the spec and whether it’s worth the money being quoted can stop you from making a huge mistake both financially and in terms of your choice of product. You don’t want to spend hundreds on a gadget that’s a flop or a gimmick for a few weeks, you want it to be top quality and effectively made for you.
Guest article written by: Matt Rawlings is a technology writer based in the UK specializing in articles that help people find their next gadgets for the best prices. With several years of digital experience, Matt has helped people find what they need online whether they’re looking to [tp lang=”en” only=”y”]sell iPhone[/tp][tp not_in=”en”]sell iPhone[/tp] or other smartphones or buy the newest tablets.