Dead tech refers to technology that is obsolete, outdated, or not used anymore. When people think of dead tech they often envision console television sets, 8-track tape players, rotary phones, or slide projectors. Many of these items are considered vintage collectible. Other items are still highly desired because a segment of the population still uses them, and because they are hard to find in retail stores. Consumers searching for dead tech, especially accessories and refills often go to Amazon to find exactly what they need. Many of these items can be found at estate sales, thrift stores, and flea markets, because the owners don’t know the items have value on Amazon.
Some profitable dead tech items that have a high resale value:
Polaroid instant film
All items listed above must be in brand new condition, in the package, to sell on Amazon. Be cautious selling items that are very old or not in stellar packaging. Film, typewriter ribbon, and VHS tapes can corrode with age and even though new in the package, can be disintegrated inside. Always do your research before buying anything to sell on Amazon. The competitive environment changes quickly.
Even though most mobile phones have a recording feature, some people still prefer to use cassette tapes for recording music, lectures, conversations, or other audio. Cassette tapes must be new in the package to sell on Amazon. The high bias versions sell for the most money.
Many families have switched to Netflix, Roku, Amazon Instant Video, or DVR technology. But others prefer to use VHS tapes to record programming. VHS tapes must be new in the package to sell on Amazon.
These are hot commodities, as are the micro cassettes that go inside. Look for these items on clearance at office supply stores, and drug stores like Walgreens. They can sell for up to $60 on Amazon, depending on brand and model.
Who uses a typewriter anymore, right? Well, apparently some people still prefer a typewriter to a computer. Some typewriter ribbons can sell for up to $30 on Amazon. Look for these at estate sales mixed in with the office clutter.
Polaroid instant film. The 600 series is the holy grail, selling for around $65 for a single package. Vintage enthusiasts are reviving the Polariod camera craze and need film. Make sure film isn’t expired – Amazon doesn’t allow expired products on their site.