It's easy to look at things that you own and no longer use and believe that you'll get top dollar for them by taking them down to your local pawn shop. While it's certainly true that pawn shops will eagerly buy all sorts of items, they need to be able to sell them — and not everything that you might want to sell at your local pawn shop is of interest to buyers. This can especially be the case with old electronics. Before you take the time and effort to pack up old VCRs, speakers, and other similar electronics to transport them to a pawn shop, here are some questions that you should ask yourself.

Will Anyone Want This?

Asking yourself if anyone might want the old electronics item that you're thinking about taking to the pawn shop is a good question to ponder. How you answer it, in part, can influence whether you proceed or not. For example, if you have a 15-year-old DVD player, the desirability of this item may be minimal. Many households have newer DVD players, and a lot of families have multiple devices of this nature. The market for an older product, especially when newer products are available inexpensively online and at big box stores, may be low.

What Is Its Value?

It's possible that the pawn shop will take some old electronics that have a limited market, but don't forget that the shop is a business. If the shop can't sell something for more than a small amount of money, it won't be able to offer you much money. For example, if the shop decides to list your DVD player for $20, based on its brand and condition, it might only be able to offer you $10 for the device. Try to think of what the value for your item might be — and don't be afraid to do some independent research. Knowing the value can indicate whether it's worthwhile to take it to the pawn shop or not.

Can I Part With It?

It can be tempting to think about making money by selling old electronics that you seldom or never use, but don't overlook the emotional connection that you might have with each device. For example, if you have an old set of turntable speakers that your parents used when you were a child, or that you've acquired over the years, you might not want to get rid of them. In this scenario, they may be worth keeping (and refurbishing, if necessary), and you can take your a newer pair of speakers that don't carry the same sentimental value to the pawn shop instead.

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