The more high-tech your devices are, the faster they become obsolete. That’s heartbreaking for thrifty people who don’t like to replace something that still works, even if it doesn’t work for your needs anymore. Most households have obsolete but still-working gadgets stored somewhere “in case I ever need it.” You probably won’t, but there's a fuzzy line between obsolete and collectible. As older devices become rarer, they may be worth something for that alone. Take the Atari VCS:
Before it was called the Atari 2600, it was called the Atari VCS, or video computer system. If you got one of these early generation machines from 1980-1982 and still own it, you’re in luck: they’re going for around $100 on eBay. And if you’ve got some games to go with it, you’ll pull in even more depending on which titles you can offer. Air Raid is the most expensive, with one selling for over $30,000 a few years ago, while ET is the most interesting in that it is widely considered one of the worst games for the console. A few years ago, a massive collection of ET games was dug out of a landfill in New Mexico, so owning one is like owning a fun bit of video game history.
You might recognize some of the computers, music players, phones, and more in a list of outdated devices that may be worth money anyway at Money Inc.