Think twice before you toss that broken iPod. Many companies are willing to pay cash for used iPods, regardless of their condition. In just a few minutes, you too can get paid.
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Things you need
- Broken iPod
- Shipping envelope
Identify the model and storage capacity of your iPod.
Determine your iPod's condition.
Collect any of the packaging or accessories that were included when you first purchased the iPod.
Compare your options. There are several companies who are willing to pay cash for any iPod, regardless of its condition. BuyMyTronics.com has been around since 2007 and is a reputable buyer. Gazelle.com and RapidRepair.com are also legitimate businesses that will buy broken iPods. If you have the time, you may also want to consider listing your item on an online auction site such as eBay. Although you may receive a better price for your broken iPod on eBay, the process takes longer and remember that you will have to pay eBay a percentage of the final sales price.
Once you've selected a company, follow the instructions listed on the site. Typically, you'll enter the model and condition information as well as what accessories, if any, you will be including. Sites such as Gazelle.com will actually send you a pre-stamped envelope for shipping. However, there is often a hidden cost for this "free" service, as on average, the companies that don't provide shipping materials will offer a better price.
Package your iPod.
Ship your iPod--be sure to follow any specific instructions listed on the site. Now all you have to do is wait for your cash to arrive!
Tips and warnings
- If you aren't sure which model you have, visit Apple's support site (listed below) for easy instructions on how to identify yours.
- Your iPod's storage capacity--for example, 30 GB or 80 GB--is listed on the back of the device.
- Make sure your contact information is correct. Most sites pay via PayPal or mail a check and payment is made within 48 hours of receiving the iPod.
- Be honest--if your iPod doesn't work, don't say it does. Remember: you don't get paid until the company receives your iPod, so regardless of what you state, the company is only going to pay you what it's worth. So the only thing you'll get by fudging the facts is an inaccurate estimate.
- Securely package your iPod. A padded envelope works well.
- Consider purchasing shipping insurance for your package. It's only a few bucks, but it will provide backup in case it gets lost in the mail.
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