With the increase amount of people using computers, there also is a larger number of people who offer repairs for computers. Whether fixing computers as a hobby or as part of a business, there is often a surplus of parts lying around. By selling these unused parts it can be turned into extra cash while freeing up some much needed space. Parts can be sold to other local repair shops but often they too have a surplus. Vending the parts on a website can reach out to a broader customer base and increase income potential.
Creating a website to begin selling used computer parts is fairly easy. The first step in creating a website is to find a webhosting company. Webhosting companies are responsible for storing the data used by your website and most offer web design software that can assist the novice in creating and designing a website. These companies usually offer a few packages that can accommodate any website project so be sure to pick a package that will meet the needs of your website.
Presentation of the product is the key to reaching out to customers who may be interested in buying computer parts. How the product is presented on the website will depend on the type of customers that you are trying to reach. If reaching out to the repairperson or shop, then presenting and vending the product in bulk packages will likely appeal to them as they would need parts for a number of computers. To reach out to the hobbyist or the customer who is just looking for one particular part, presenting and vending the parts individually would appeal more to them.
Using a website to offer parts also allows a unique opportunity to provide the hardware drivers for the parts when the driver discs are unavailable. A separate page on the website can be dedicated to driver downloads or simply provide links to other websites where the drivers can be downloaded. Finding the right drivers can sometimes be a daunting task and by providing this service for the customer you can ensure that the customer comes back to you for future computer part needs.
Since it is likely that the potential customer visiting the website is not local, offering shipping discounts or free shipping would encourage customers to do business with you. Discounts can be offered to customers who purchase a set dollar amount or for customers who purchase a bulk package. These small incentives often have a large influence on the customer and gaining a customer means increased profits as well as possibly getting some word-of-mouth advertising from the satisfied customer.
Consumers continue to turn to websites for much of their shopping needs. For anyone with a surplus of computer parts who need some extra cash, having a website featuring those parts in bulk or individually is a great way to make money. By using small incentives such as hardware drivers or shipping discounts, you can gain the confidence of consumers.