- Apr 16, 2018
Did you know that recycling your old PC and its parts can make you some extra cash? Yes, you can earn from that and this write up will teach you how to do it.
There are millions of people using the computer all around the world because it is a necessity. They use it for work, school, and leisure purposes. But like any other equipment, there will come a time that your PC will break down beyond repair. With that, you will have to buy a new one and throw out the broken computer.
But wait, don’t toss it out just yet. There is money in old computers and its parts if you know how to recycle it.
Here is a step by step guide on how you can earn cash by reusing old PC’s:
Step 1 – You need to collect old but still working, repairable, and unused personal computers.
Where will you get old computers? You need to source it out since there are millions of computers becoming outdated each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that there are at least fifty million old PC’s discarded annually. It means that you can procure these used computers to earn some money. Here are some tips to get old PC’s for free:
Ask your family or friends if they have old computers that they don’t use anymore or are due for disposal. If they are willing to throw it away, they’d be happy for you to get it off their hands, not knowing you can earn from it.
Craigslist is another way to get old PC’s. You can state in the ad that you are willing to pick it up from their location and that you’ll handle the disposal, free of charge.
There are more ways to do it, but these two ideas can jumpstart your “old computer turned to cash” business.
Step 2 – Sell the PC parts or combine the computer pieces to make a not-so-new, but working one.
This is how other people do it to earn cash from salvaged computers.
They get parts from different computers and put it together to make a working PC. After testing the refurbished machine, they sell it.
Some people dissect the PC’s and sell the parts piece by piece.
If you’re going to use computer parts from different PC’s to build and sell:
You will need lots of old computers. And of course, you must have the skill and some know-how on computer assembly. First, orient yourself with computer parts and put the working pieces together to create another PC from salvaged components. After that, sell it to your family, friends, and coworkers. You can also put ads on Craigslist or eBay .
What if I don’t know about computer assembly?
Let me tell you a big secret. The computer that I’m using now to type this write-up is made from salvaged units, and I was the one who put it all together. I didn’t know anything about computers and how to piece back parts to make it work. And so, I did my fair share of online research. Thanks to Tom’s Hardware forum, I learned how to make a computer out of old components.
It started out as an idea. There were some talks in the forum about building your computer and how it can save you some cash. What’s more is that you can fix it up yourself and make it faster than those bought from Best Buy and other computer stores. I was intrigued by the idea, and so, I did my research.
For days, I read and asked questions on forums like Tom’s Hardware. After getting all the information I needed, I went to Micro Center, bought some things, and built myself a computer from old parts. Of course, I had to buy some components, but it didn’t cost me much, just a couple hundred bucks. But the computer I built was equivalent to a $2,000 PC from the store.
What I’m saying here is that I was a computer dummy. I didn’t know anything about it, but IT’S NOT HARD TO LEARN. If you have the time, the drive and the motivation to earn, then, you will learn how to combine parts and make your working PC. It can be done.
Fixing old computers for cash:
You can also do this and earn money. I’ve given you tips on how to get a hold of old PC’s, right? With that, you can fix up what you have and sell it. Or you can learn how to repair old computers.
Again, how can you do that? Teach yourself how to fix PCs! Research, read, and ask questions – that’s your best move. You will be learning new skills and earn money in the process.
Sell PC parts for cash:
There are computer parts that you can sell if you don’t want to fix it. This is one way to earn some money. But how are you going to sell it, right?
One way to do that is through Craigslist. Just post an ad that you have a specific computer component. eBay is another way to sell your PC parts. Take a beautiful picture of the item, put up an extensive Item Description page, and wait for buyers to message you. There are people, computer technicians, who need these parts and don’t have access to old computers in their area. They can be your clients.
Sell to scrap yards for cash:
If there is nothing left to do with your computer parts, then, bring it to electronic scrap yards. They don’t pay much, but at least you’ll get something. If you think about it – bringing the PC’s to the yards is like getting money from trash!
Another tip – to make the prices just right, compare them at pricewatch.com. You won’t be able to sell your fixed PC’s and computer parts if you’re overpriced.
OUR VERDICT: Scam or Legit?
What else can I say but these ways of earning cash from old PC’s is 100% LEGIT. I have done it myself, and it’s genuinely a money-making activity for me. It’s also a win-win situation. I am keeping the environment clean by recycling, and my wallet has some green money too. I just hope that you learned some valuable tips from this write-up.
Have you tried fixing up PC’s and selling them for money? Did you ever sell computer parts? How did you compute your selling price? Where did you get your old PCs and the parts? How did you sell the refurbished PC’s and where? Tell us about your experience and your computer fixing and marketing tips. We need your comments below!