According to the website, Lifehacker.com (and us), “If you’re looking to declutter a little bit, there’s no better way to do so than selling your junk online.” The site offers 10 tips and tricks for consumers to get the most money from their unwanted electronics.

We take exception to one word in this article; “junk”. If the equipment is only a few years old, it’s probably not junk at all.

  1. Find out how much it’s worth.
  2. Make sure it’s in good condition.
  3. Securely wipe any data on your gadgets.
  4. Take a good picture.
  5. Figure out where to sell it.
  6. Avoid unnecessary fees.
  7. Avoid coming off like a scammer.
  8. Maximize your item’s visibility
  9. Sell your stuff quickly

10.  Don’t get scammed.

These are basically a simple version of the steps that we take for corporate IT assets. Most IT managers don’t have the time or resources to manage this kind of task in-house, as the disposal of a few hundred, or even thousands of assets can be a monumental task when not handled by a professional.

So where does someone go who’s been tasked with the disposal of their company’s IT equipment, rather than just one or two of their own personal devices? Nobody goes to school to become an IT Asset Disposal (ITAD) expert and the answers can be confusing.

  1. E-Stewards has a directory to find an electronic recycler in your state and explains about the benefits of using an e-Stewards certified recycler.
  2. R2 Solutions also has a directory of R2 certified recyclers. Although the criteria is not as strict as the e-Stewards standards, R2 recyclers have demonstrated they have a system in place to properly handle materials according to the R2 Standard.
  3. The International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) has a best practices library, an online store, and a magazine- “IT Asset Knowledge”.