Today’s question is honestly one that I get all the time.
The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of broken TVs out there.
It makes sense really because just about everyone has at least 2 or 3 TVs in their house, and they aren’t indestructible.
In fact, it seems that as flat panel, LCD, and LED TVs have become more common, they are breaking much more frequently than the tube TVs that they replaced.
So what do you do with them once that happens? After all, it’s not like as a society we typically have thing repaired anymore. We just go out and buy a new one of whatever it was.
Well, believe it or not, there are pawn shops out there that will buy broken TVs.
The reason is pretty simple. Being a pawnbroker normally means that you have to be somewhat resourceful and network with the other local businesses in the area.
Some of those businesses tend to be places like jewelry stores, or in this case, TV repair shops.
If the pawn shop in your area has such a connection to a local TV repair technician, you may find that they are very willing to look at your broken TV and make you an offer on it.
You’ve got to understand that one of the most important things to a pawn shop is knowing that they have a way to resell whatever it is that they are buying. They also want to know approximately how much they will be able to resell those items for.
If they “Know a guy,” then they are going to be pretty comfortable buying a broken TV from you.
However, Not All Pawn Shops Will Buy Broken TVs
Just above, we were talking about how pawn shop might very well buy broken TVs from you.
Try to keep in mind however that we were talking about a pawn shop that has a connection to a local TV repair business.
Not all do, and in fact, there are plenty of pawn shops out there that would rather not get into the “Electronics repair and recycling” business all together.
In fact, I will go ahead and say that most pawn shops fall into this category of not wanting to deal with broken items when they have so many good working merchandise coming through their doors already.
So with that in mind, you’re going to have to go to Google.com and search for local pawn shops. Get a list and call them one by one to see if there are any in your area that will take your broken TV.
What To Do If You Can’t Find A Pawn Shop That Will Take A Broken TV
If you can’t find a pawn shop in your area that is willing to buy your broken TV, not all hope is lost.
The first thing that you should do is place an ad on craigslist.org describing your TV and the problems with it (if you know what they are.)
The next thing you should do after placing that ad is search craigslist for TV repair shops and see if they would be interested in buying the TV from you.
You might be very surprised to find out that they would be happy to buy your television. Maybe they will fix it, or maybe they will just use it for parts, but either way, there may be a larger customer base for your broken TV than you knew.
Failing that, if you don’t really care how much you get out of it, put it on eBay. I’m sure someone will pay a few bucks for it, although you will then have to ship it, which is never fun.
Hopefully now you have a few ideas of what you can do to turn your broken TV into a little extra money in your pocket. Good luck!