A flight of stairs. The cement of the sidewalk. A toddler. The toilet. A bottle of diet Pepsi not capped tightly enough in your purse. What do these have in common? They're silent gadget-killers, lurking in wait for the right moment to fry your phone, camera, or other electronics. It's not a matter of "if", it's a matter of "when".
And when your gadgets break - and oh yes, they shall - do you bother trying to resell it or say your goodbyes and give it its proper Viking funeral in the East River (not recommended by FDNY)? Is it actually worth the hassle of listing it on eBay, waiting for a buyer, waiting for them to PayPal, and shipping it off?
Apparently, it actually might be worth the hassle.
eBay allows you to list electronics in the condition "For parts or not working". I searched for completed listings that were specifically listed this way, and the prices were fairly surprising for items with sometimes very serious defects.
The prices on these pieces of junk might make you consider putting up with waiting in line at the post office.
$1,065.00 - MacBook Pro 17" (missing 3 keys and doesn't turn on)
$416.11 - Nikon D90 SLR Digital Camera (cracked screen after dropping)
$199.99 - Lot of 6 Canon PC1472 POWERSHOT cameras
$525 - iPhone 4S 64GB (cracked screen)
$750.00 ($250/each) - Lot of 3 iPhone 4S (water damage)
$24.00 - Palm Pre 2 (broken microphone)*
$133.61 - Panasonic DMR-EH50 DVD Recorder (no longer records)
$610.00 - Sony Bravia EX72 60" TV (no image, remote missing)
$500.00 - LG Infinia 65" LED TV (distortion on the right side of the screen)
$232.49 ($23.25/each) - Lot of 10 Nintendo NES consoles (various states of non-working)
$214.99 - Sony PlayStation 3 120GB (only HDMI output works, controllers not included)
$110.00 - Sony PlayStation 3 Slim 120GB (accepts discs but won't play picture or sound)
$172.50 - Sony Playstation Vita (screen is completely broken)
$59.99 - Nintendo Wii Console plus 3 games (disc drive cannot play discs)
$401.11 - iPad 2 64GB WiFi/Verizon (Cracked Screen)
$112.50 - Kindle Fire (stuck on "load screen")
$60.00 - Kindle DX 4GB (screen broken)
$185.00 - Samsung Galaxy Tab 16GB (cracked screen)
$89.01 - TomTom Go 2535TM GPS (won't boot up)
$50.00: Sony Discman D25(spins disc but can't read it) circa 1989
$60.00 - Lot of 6 non-working TI-83 graphic calculators
Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.
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