One man’s trash: The average British adult has around £598’s worth of unused gadgets just gathering dust about their home, study finds
- The average Briton owns 11 unused pieces of tech, a survey by OnePoll found
- These include smart phones, tablets, computers, game consoles and wearables
- However, these forgotten gems have depreciated by some 20% in the last year
The average British adult has around £598’s worth of unused gadgets just gathering dust about their home — equal to some £16.5 billion of tech — a study has found.
However, these forgotten gems may not stay so precious, as smart phones, tablets, computers, and consoles have depreciated by some 20 per cent in the last year.
However, in the same period, used iPhones have fallen in worth by an average of 36 per cent, according to figures from British online retailer musicMagpie.
Over the past 12 months, Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S10+ have also lost around £127 in value, while the MacBook Pro Core i7 had dropped some £105.
Similarly, tablet devices have lost as much as £93 in value, while some smart watches have depreciated by £49.
The average British adult has around £598’s worth of unused gadgets just gathering dust about their home — equal to some £16.5 billion of tech — a study has found
The study of 2,000 adults commissioned by musicMagpie found that Britons typically own 11 unused devices on average — including laptops, games consoles, tablets, wearable tech and mobile phones.
Rather than sell their unwanted tech and pocket some cash, however, 32 per cent were found to have been keeping them on hand ‘just in case’.
‘There is so much tech people are holding onto that could otherwise help make them money and alarmingly, the value of it is depreciating right before their eyes,’ said musicMagpie’s chief marketing officer Liam Howley.
‘Mobile phones that get pushed into the back of a drawer, or games consoles gathering dust in cupboards and boxes could be worth far more if they are resold when they’re no longer in use.’
‘Our research has shown that not everyone is aware their tech could actually be worth something — and they think that it’s more worthwhile keeping it for a rainy day, but it’s quite the opposite.’
The polling also found that mobile phones appear to be the gadgets that people are the most likely to hold on to — with the average person having at least two unused handsets lying around at home, while 12 per cent had five or more.
Although four-in-10 people hang on to old tech because they think they might use it again, 27 per cent said that they just could not be bothered to do anything with it.
Meanwhile, 10 per cent reported holding onto old gadgets so that their children could play with them, whereas a fifth said they kept them for sentimental reasons.
As a result, 43 per cent of those polled described themselves as ‘tech hoarders’, yet more than half said that they wished that they could live a more minimalist lifestyle.
More than a third said that they even have a specific drawer or box to keep old gadgets in — often in an attic or a bedside table.
The study of 2,000 adults commissioned by musicMagpie found that Britons typically own 11 unused devices on average — including laptops, tablets, wearable tech and mobile phones
A lack of motivation was cited as the main reason the participants had not sorted through their old gadgets — alongside a lack or time and uncertainty as to what to do with them.
In fact, people are more likely to sort through the contents of their garage, organise their book shelf or clean the utility cupboard than sort through their old devices, the researchers found.
The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found that adults typically keep unused mobile phones for as long as four years before doing something with them, while laptops or computers are usually held onto for around five years.
Nearly two-fifths of respondents said they had no idea that they could earn money by selling their old tech — or that certain gadgets depreciate significantly over time.
A lack of motivation was cited as the main reason the participants had not sorted through their old gadgets — alongside a lack or time and uncertainty as to what to do with them
It also emerged that 17 per cent of participants had bought a new piece of technology within the last eight weeks to help them work from home, stay connected to family and friends or keep themselves entertained.
Yet 58 per cent of these adults had not sold the old devices they are now no longer using, while only one in 20 of those polled said that they would trade in their existing mobile rather than end up with an unused handset.
In fact, the study found that Britons are twice as likely to keep hold of old tech as spares than they would be to try to sell them online.
However, 80 per cent of those polled said that they felt that new tech models are released far too often, while 76 per cent said they could not afford to keep buying the latest tech — and 77 per cent wished that their tech lasted longer.
‘It’s clear from our research that something has to change in the way that we purchase and recycle tech,’ said Mr Howley.
‘There is another option that is smarter for the consumer and smarter for the environment.’
‘This circular economy model sees old tech being sold back for cash, then refurbished to a high standard and sold back on for the next person to use.’
‘This, in-turn, reduces the mountains of e-waste going into landfills across the world, but also the landfills sitting in people’s drawers and cupboards.’
The full findings of the study were published on the musicMagpie website.
HOW FAST ARE YOUR UNUSED GADGETS DEPRECIATING?
According to British online retailer musicMagpie, the following are some of the fastest depreciating gadgets at present — with the figures showing how much value each has lost in the last 12 months.
- iPhone X (64GB): Fell in value 34 per cent and £154.
- iPhone XS (64GB): Fell in value 42 per cent and £259.
- iPhone XS Max (64GB): Fell in value 39 per cent and £251.
- iPhone XR (64GB): Fell in value 31 per cent and £144.
- iPhone 8 (64GB): Fell in value 40 per cent and £114.
- iPhone 7 Plus (32GB): Fell in value 33 per cent and £71.
- Galaxy S10+ (128GB): Fell in value 28 per cent and £127.
- Galaxy S10 (128GB): Fell in value 26 per cent and £100.
- Galaxy S9+ (128GB): Fell in value 26 per cent and £74.
- Galaxy S9 (64GB): Fell in value 32 per cent and £77.
- Galaxy S8 (64GB): Fell in value 34 per cent and £55.
- PlayStation 2 Slim: Fell in value 75 per cent and £15.
- PS3 Slim 120GB: Fell in value 61 per cent and £22.
- PS4 500GB: Fell in value 15 per cent and £15.
- PSP 3000: Fell in value 58 per cent and £18.
- Switch: Fell in value 13 per cent and £20.
- Xbox 360 Elite (120GB): Fell in value 65 per cent and £15.
- Xbox One Without Kinect (500GB): Fell in value 42 per cent and £25.
- Xbox One X: Fell in value 25 per cent and £53.
- iMac Core i5 2.7 21.5″ (Late 2012) 8GB 1TB: Fell in value 25 per cent and £75.
- Mac mini Core i5 2.5 (Late 2012) (4GB): Fell in value 17 per cent and £30.
- MacBook Pro Core i5 2.7 13″ Retina (8GB): Fell by 13 per cent and £50.
- MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3 15″ (4GB): Fell in value 30 per cent and £105.
- iPad 4 Wi-Fi (16GB): Fell in value 36 per cent and £20.
- iPad 4 Wi-Fi + 4G (16GB): Fell in value 30 per cent and £22.
- iPad Mini 2 Wi-Fi (16GB): Fell in value 23 per cent and £15.
- iPad Mini 2 Wi-Fi + 4G (16GB): Fell in value 33 per cent and £25.
- iPad Pro 2 10.5 Wi-Fi + 4G (64GB): Fell in value 10 per cent and £26.
- iPad Pro 2 10.5 Wi-Fi (64GB): Fell in value 20 per cent and £41.
- iPad Pro 3 11 (2018) Wi-Fi + 4G (64GB): Fell in value 22 per cent and £93.
- iPad Pro 3 11 (2018) Wi-Fi (64GB): Fell in value 18 per cent and £70.
- Watch 42mm Black Stainless Steel: Fell in value 41 per cent and £28.
- Watch Series 2 42mm Space Grey Case: Fell in value 37 per cent and £33.
- Watch Series 3 42mm GPS Space Grey: Fell in value 31 per cent and £42.
- Watch Series 4 GPS+Cellular 44mm Space Grey: Fell by 19 per cent and £49.
- Watch Sport 42mm Space Grey : Fell in value 41 per cent and £28.
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