We old people love to hold. We hold old memories, clothes and even gadgets. It is not that we gain any economical advantage by doing so..It is just about the memories.
While these things add to the memories, they also add a lot to the clutter. And I have a load of clutter at my home which includes old computers, laptops, gadgets and even mobile phones. yes mobile phones as if I am going to put an exhibition someday displaying the anthropological mobile to 1G to 2G to latest in technology.
Long back, a relative of mine told me about this “potliwale baba” who would often visit people’s house to collect [buy antics] and would give a good price in lieu. I waited for this potliwale baba to come. But Alas! he remained as true as a Myth.
The old gadget not just added to my clutter but were difficult to manage. I tried to dispose them. If I have to trade them against carbon credit, I am sure to be among top 5 in country in individual capacity to claim a chunk of the credit.
It is high time, I need to get rid of the unused, old electronic equipments from my home including those mobile phones.
Soon I started scripting my “disposal strategy”. Top in my list were my ancient TV set including the shut/open door black & white ETV and some push to talk mobile phones that I wasn’t using any longer. More than the Japanese art of waste management, it was my daughter’s threat to not give me new handsets unless I dispose off the old ones. “Give them to your maid baba in case if they want to use those outdated models” she used to say. “At least you can coordinate with them for the work and schedules”.
Strategy no 1: Maid-en attempt
I often complained to my maid for not giving me acontact number to reach her in case of communicating an important message regarding the work or timings. My maid always complaint about not having enough money to buy a phone. I called my house maid next day and gave her the phone. She looked at the phone from all the sides [a 360 panaroma view], asked which brand it is and made faces when I answered her that it is not a 4G enabled handset but a 3G one.
Her stance changed immediately from “I am too poor to afford a basic phone” to “you are too poor to give me a 4G phone”. Thanks to my stars that though with heavy heart, she took the phone and promised to get a new sim. Next day she came with a new sim and VIP type of number and I saw her happily distributing her new number to all and sundry. It was a good week but succeeding week, she would often come late for work or come asking money to repair XYZ in the phone. Sometimes it is mobile screen, sometimes it was bluetooth. Often he would be chatting non-stop on phone during work and leave work citing timing issues.
Giving her a phone was a bad idea indeed. I am ok to lose an oldset but not so ok to lose maid. You know how tough is it to get a maid these days.
Strategy no 2: Raddiwale Bhaisaheb
It was like a miracle when the Raddiwale bhai came asking if I have a spare handset to sell him. I proudly shown him my Samsung handset that I bought for a shitload of money but could barely used for few months. It was very magnanimous for him to quote a best deal “na mera na aapka” for Rs 500 for the phone that could have easily sold for Rs 5000 and plus. I asked him to look for a fallen zero in the old newspaper. he did not understand the sarcasm but I understood the importance of having a right platform to sell/buy handsets at a more reasonable and hassle free price.
Strategy no 3: Cashify,in
I got 3rd time lucky. This time I chose to go digital/app way. I have often seen on tv, different ads on quick selling via website. I have heard so many negative feedback about these website as to how they hard negotiate the price brining even the street paddlers to the shame. I was already nervous and this made me further apprehensive to try them. Given my limited skills with Internet and Computing, I relented for a good long month till I heard about Cashify.in
About Cashify in
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I was apprehensive about going online, and then I saw this video-
So, I logged to the Cashify website and uploaded my request. You can give it a try too. Do not forget to use COUPON CODE- CLEANCASH to avail additional Rs 250 on sale of your gadget.
So chalo cashify karo, Digital Savvy bano!