‘Tis the season for getting new computers, gadgets, phones, and other tech devices! If you’re lucky enough to be getting something new, what do you do with your old one? Sometimes, gifting it to a kid, sibling, or friend is an option, and it gives them something new in the process…but that’s not always a feasible option. There are several places online that your current tech devices can be sold giving you either cash or gift cards/store credit for the trade in value.
Selling something on Ebay or Craigslist can often get you the most return, but it’s often time consuming to “babysit” an auction or listing. Canyonero has been a fan of trade-ins (especially iPhones and iPads) to Amazon.com for a long time…their payouts are the best, and pretty much anything from toilet paper to more electronics can be purchased with an amazon.com gift card. However, these are just the start of options, and you often need to consider several options and get quotes from multiple locations before you actually find the best deal.
Lifehacker.com recently reviewed the best places to sell laptops in this article: http://lifehacker.com/the-best-places-to-trade-in-your-laptop-for-the-most-mo-1747736598. They offer some great strategies for maximizing your profit, and weigh the pros and cons of trading it in. Regardless of where you send it, all of your devices need to be cleaned before donating, selling, or trading in to protect your data and security. If you plan to be getting rid of a device, talk to Canyonero about scheduling a final clean up before you do!
Tis the season for online shopping! While it’s oh so convenient to shop online in your jammies from the comfort of your home, don’t be so quick to purchase that ridiculously low priced item without doing a little homework on the store first. Fraudulent online storefronts that lure you in with absurdly low prices on hot-ticket items not only are a great magnet for credit card fraud, but they can also put spyware and pop-ups on your machine affecting how you view other sites.
Norton.com has a great article of things to review on a site before making a purchase at a new retailer: http://us.norton.com/yoursecurityresource/detail.jsp?aid=secure_shopping. Things like pop-up ads, unbelievably low prices, and the lack of a phone number/address are some of the first signs that it might be too good to be true. Don’t let your computer- or your bank account- become vulnerable to scams. Make smart online purchases from reputable retailers and bask in the glory of the time you saved versus going into the store. Happy Shopping!
If you’re running Windows 10 here’s an important tip: make sure you run Disk Cleanup to free up 20gb+ of space on your computer after you install the November Windows Update.
Now more than ever (thanks to cost-effective solid state drives and cloud-based storage options), computers seem to be coming with smaller hard drives, often making it harder to transition from a transitional drive for many “document hoarders”. Pair that with the latest Windows 10 updates, and many of you are probably wondering where all your hard drive space went. Fear not: the Disk Cleanup utility in Windows has always been a great resource for people who wanted to free up some quick and easy space….but if you’re on Win 10 and have installed all of the updates, there’s a sizable chunk of space that can be freed up. Furthermore, several users are reporting that the upgrade installation files can also be cleared….to the tune of another 4GB! See more details in the following article on lifehacker: http://lifehacker.com/run-disk-cleanup-after-the-windows-november-update-to-s-1743476619?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29
Not on Windows 10 just yet? Run Disk Cleanup in any version of Windows to see what additional space you have to free up…hopefully, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with some newfound space!