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Selling an electronic gadget is a lot different from selling a high-end sneaker or a Rolex watch. Watches and shoes don’t have personal info on them, and they can’t be hacked. That is why when it comes to selling your electronics, you have to be extra cautious not to leave any stone unturned.

There are many mistakes you as a seller can make, which can be either bad for you or bad for business.


Here are the things you should avoid doing when reselling your gadgets.

  • Back up your data
  • Log out of online accounts
  • Save important documents
  • Factory reset
  • Clean your device
  • Take pictures


Forgetting to back up your data


Whether it’s your smartphone, laptop, or gaming console, we store different types of data on our gadgets some which we don’t mind losing and others which are very vital and confidential. Before selling, it is important you back up your important files, documents, and other information that you need or might need in the future.

You can make use of storage devices such as a flash drive or a hard drive. To make things easier, you can back them up on a cloud. By doing this, your data is safe, and you don’t have to worry about losing them or tracking the buyer to retrieve them.


Not Logging out of your accounts


For your safety, it is advisable that you log out of all your online accounts. You don’t want the new owner snooping around your confidential files and using it against your will. You could be selling your device to a hacker without knowing, and once he’s able to lay his hands on those accounts, your personal information can be breached.

Another reason why you should log out is that some accounts take for instance apps like photoshop limit a user to the number of devices an account can be registered on. Deauthorizing your device will allow you login to your accounts on your new device easily.


Losing vital documents


Documents such as receipts are valid proof of the authenticity of your device, which is why you should always keep them safe. Receipts also contain warranty info, and your device will sell faster if your buyer knows there’s still some warranty on the product, but how can you prove that if you have no receipt?

Losing valid documents can make you seem like a scammer and can put you in danger of being scammed too. So, don’t lose them.


Forgetting to factory reset your device


After backing up your device, this should be the next step. Most users manually delete the files they feel are confidential, leaving out a ton of other personal information about them. This could be dangerous, especially if these details land in the wrong hands. Before selling your smartphone or laptop, ensure that you properly erase all your data.

You can do this by factory resetting your device. A factory reset will completely wipe out all data on the system, keeping them beyond the reach of a third party.


Not cleaning your device


Many sellers make this mistake, and it costs them a few bucks. Cleaning your gadget properly before selling is a must. It makes the condition look better and helps you see any hidden faults which you might have skipped in your listing. Neat products are eye-catching and will attract buyers faster than a dusty gadget.


Not taking photos


This part is a big key to making a bigger and faster sale. Buyers want to see what they are spending their money on. They want to assess the condition to see if there are any major dents.

Taking a high-quality picture of every angle of your gadget will help buyers see what they are getting into before placing the order. It can also protect you from scammers who can swap your device for an identical but faulty one. Your pictures are proof of what you sold, so take photos of significant parts of your gadgets before sealing the deal.

When I sell my laptop or other gadget I always go over the list of steps to take in preparing the device and making sure that privacy is protected.