Many have tightened their belts after the expensive festive period and could be on the lookout for ways to bring in extra cash.
Others may have also been inspired by Marie Kondo – who currently has a show on streaming giant Netflix – to declutter their homes and make money in the process.
One way to achieve this is to sell unwanted items that have been left idling around the home.
It may surprise people to realise the value of common items lurking in nooks and crannies for years – from old Jamie Oliver cookbooks to fast-outdated tech.
Popular items that you may have round the home could help you top up the coffers this winter
Old tech, DVDs and books can bring in some much needed money to help keep bank accounts full during the winter months.
Music Magpie, which resells physical media, says there is demand for your old favourites, selling more than two million pre-owned books, CDs, DVDs and games a month.
The website has revealed what it will pay for many of the popular, long forgotten, items people can sell.
If you’re looking to get sell a modern gadget, Music Magpie is a good place to start to find a price. For example, it offers £192 for an Xbox One X.
How to get best price
Music Magpie is a great place to gauge an item’s value – but you should see if you can get a better price elsewhere.
Also, it won’t buy everything – so bare that in mind when it comes to selling.
eBay is worth looking at to see how much bidders are willing to pay for the items you are looking to sell.
CeX is a store found in most high streets that buys and sells a range of items. This is a good option if you prefer to deal with someone in person.
Zapper is another option for where to sell unwanted items.
We reveal more tips on how you can make the most money from your gadgets at the bottom of the article.
Apple products are, unsurprisingly, popular on the website and the latest Apple Watch, Series 4 could fetch you a tidy £170.
Music Magpie will also pay out £500 for a used iPhone XR (256GB) or £555 for an old iPhone X (256GB).
While these are relatively new models, Apple could reveal the next generation iPhone model this year – this means thousands of people may already be thinking about selling their iPhone’s to make way for the newest make.
Experts have previously said that old iPhone prices will start to decline rapidly once a new iPhone has been announced, prompting people to trade in their models for cash in advance of the next Apple launch.
It’s not just old phones that could help you stash away some extra cash.
Laptops can also be a big money earner with Money Magpie pays up to £1,200 for the Pro 18-Core iMac.
An iPad Pro, initially released in 2017, could also net you £485.
|Newer Tech Products||Price|
|iMac Pro 18-Core 2.3 27-inch (5K Ret) (Late 2017) 32GB 1TB||£1,200|
|Xbox One X||£192|
|iPhone X (256GB)||£555|
|iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Wi-Fi + 4G 512GB||£485|
|Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40 mm Silver Aluminium||£170|
|iPhone XR (256GB)||£500|
|Older Tech Products|
|Apple iPod Classic – 7th Generation (160GB)||£70|
|Apple iPod Touch – 6th Generation (128GB)||£70|
|Apple iPod Nano – 7th Generation (16GB)||£35|
|Apple iPad Mini 2 Wi-Fi (128GB)||£99|
|Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G (128GB)||£134|
|Sony PS3 Super Slim (500GB)||£40|
|Apple iPhone 5s (64GB)||£60|
|Apple iPhone 6 (128GB)||£120|
|Source: Music Magpie|
As technology moves on quickly, there is also likely to be a number of outdated products sitting around the house that could be sold to make way for newer purchases.
Those with an iPhone 5S (64GB) could earn £60 while an iPhone 6 (128GB), which was released in 2014 and has now been superseded by a number of newer iPhone models, could fetch you double at £120 – but it all depends on condition.
Going even further back to when iPods were popular, the devices could still fetch you a reasonable sum with a 7th generation Classic model (160GB) now worth £70, as is a Touch 6th Generation model (128GB).
Even an iPod Nano 7th generation (16GB), which was released in 2012, could still give you an extra £35 to put aside.
In the new age of tech, it is likely that these iPods will be gathering dust in a cupboard somewhere, so it is worth having a look to see if you have any of the old devices lurking.
|CDs, DVDs and Games||Price|
|Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PS4)||£16.07|
|Marvels Spider-Man (PS4)||£15.00|
|Live Aid [DVD] ||£10.00|
|The Pursuit Of Happyness [Blu-ray] ||£3.76|
|Forty Licks [Rolling Stones Album]||£2.50|
|The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture)||£2.50|
|Source: Music Magpie|
There is likely to be items in your house that you might not think are worth selling – but adding up the total value of these products could give you a substantial amount of cash.
One of these items is books and despite living in the age of e-readers, it seems that physical copies are still popular.
While they may not be the obvious item to sell, books can be a tidy little earner – if you have enough of them to sell.
|Deliciously Ella with Friends||£3.40|
|Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook||£5.00|
|River Cottage Veg Every Day!||£2.30|
|5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food – Jamie Oliver||£3.20|
|The Vintage Tea Party Book||£3.87|
|First Man In: Leading From The Front – Ant Middleton||£1.70|
|Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection||£5.00|
|12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson||£4|
|The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness||£2.13|
|A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes||£5.00|
|Pokémon Adventures – Red & Blue Box Set||£5.00|
|Deadpool: The Complete Collection Vol. 2||£4.63|
|Source: Music Magpie|
A copy of the ‘Complete Cookbook’ by popular chef Mary Berry, will add another £5 to your wallet, while the complete Harry Potter box set is also worth £5.
Cookbooks are popular sellers with ‘Deliciously Ella with Friends’ worth £3.40 while a copy of ‘the Vintage Tea Party Book’ can be sold for £3.87.
If you don’t have any books lying around, you may have old games, that have been completed.
New releases such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for PlayStation 4, which was released in October 2018, will currently fetch you £16.07.
Marvel’s Spider-Man, also released on PlayStation 4 in September 2018, is worth £15.00.
Liam Howley, chief marketing officer at Music Magpie, said: ‘Over time, households can accumulate a lot of stuff and when it comes to clearing out, they don’t realise they can actually make money from these unwanted items.
‘People can get the most value out of unwanted tech and we recently found that households on average are sitting on more than £300 worth of unused tech items such as phones, tablets, laptops and game consoles.
‘When it comes to CD, DVD and book collections, these are the items we tend to try on hold on to as sometimes they have sentimental value, but selling them is a great way to make some extra cash, especially if the titles are quite niche or you simply don’t use them anymore.’
All prices were correct as of 31 January 2019.
How to make the most money from your old gadgets
1) The more niche the item, the better. If you sell items that are pretty niche, you can get the most money for them – this is particularly true of items such as CDs, DVDs and books.
2) When it comes to tech, Apple devices, no matter how old they are, usually hold the most value, so if you have a couple of old iPhones, they could be worth more than you think.
3) Don’t dismiss anything out of hand. Check on eBay, or other second hand selling sites, to see how much something could be worth.
4) Even if a tech item doesn’t work any more, or has a fault, many buyers may be interested in purchasing the device just for the parts.