Selling an old smartphone, laptop, tablet or hard drive has become much more lucrative.
Exchange plans on old gadgets during online sales on Amazon.in and Flipkart.com and stores like Cashify, which buy old gadgets directly from users and pay them instantly, are providing users much better deals than what local scrap dealers would offer.
However, discarding old gadgets, especially those with personal data without taking proper measures to clean them can be risky.
“No strategy is fool-safe except for physically destroying the device. Given that data may still be recoverable with the right tools, it’s important to back up data, deregister all user accounts and wipe the device clean,” warns Prabhu Ram, head-industry intelligence group, Cyber Media Research.