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What is your old tech worth?

Got a new tablet, phone, laptop or wearable for Christmas? Well it’s easy to make a bit of cash from your old tech

Come the end of Christmas, you’ll probably find that you’re left with a stack of old tech that will no longer be of any use. It can feel like a bit of a pain, but it’s possible to make some decent cash here if you shop smart.

With that in mind, we thought we’d assemble a quick guide to show you some of the current best prices for popular old tech.

We’ve separated them into four main tech sections: phones, tablets, laptops, and wearables. Note that in the case of phones and tablets, we’ve looked at the maximum stated value, which means that your device will need to be in tip top condition in order to obtain the same kind of price.

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iPhone 5S


When it comes to phones, there’s a whole bunch of websites dedicated to buying and selling used handsets. You could well get a better price on eBay, but we’ve restricted our research to these popular, dependable sites that will provide you with a fixed guide price depending on condition.

Samsung Galaxy S5: £135 at Music Magpie

iPhone 5S (16GB): £145 at Fonebank 

HTC One M8 (16GB): £96 at CEX 

LG G3: £90 at Music Magpie  

Nexus 7


Most of the websites that ‘recycle’ smartphones also deal in tablets, so we’ve adopted the same approach in our valuations. Again, you can try your hand with eBay, but the results will vary a lot more.

iPad 4 (16GB, Wi-Fi-only): £110 at Mazuma 

iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi-only): £75 at Music Magpie 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (8GB, Wi-Fi-only): £20.09 at Envirofone 

Nexus 7 2013 (16GB): £30 at Fonebank 



Unlike phones and tablets, your options are fairly restricted when it comes to shifting laptops. The easiest way to do so is good old eBay, where you can get much better value than (for example) Apple’s own recycling initiative.

MacBook Air 11-inch (late 2010, 1.4GHz): £250-300 on eBay 

Acer Aspire S7-391 (13-inch): £280-450 on eBay 

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13: £200-300 on eBay 

Microsoft Surface Pro: £156-250 on eBay 



Again, eBay’s probably your best bet for buying and selling fitness wearables – provided you can come to terms with the slightly icky second-hand sweat factor.

Jawbone UP24: £12-27 on eBay 

Fitbit Flex: £21-42 on eBay 

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