How to Pawn or Sell Your Headphones

February 27, 2020 - Electronics

Headphones are on that list of perfect gifts to get for your friend or special loved one.

Why? Because they are a useful device and can be used anytime. When you’re cleaning, walking to work, studying, working, cooking etc. I don’t know how I would’ve gotten through college without my headphones. Pawn shops know how valuable headphones can be and are willing to offer good money to people interested in selling them. If you have headphones you’re interested in selling, here are a few tips to get the most money for your headphones. Electronics, like headphones, laptops and phones are the most sought-after products by pawn shops. Keep in mind though, they want newer models, and better functioning models.

In order to understand how PawnGuru will help you sell your headphones for cash near you, you need to understand how our online platform works. In a nutshell, we connect pawn shops with pawn customers online to make the beginning of the pawn process easier.

We eliminate the need for you to physically visit multiple pawn shops in your area to find the best offer on your headphones. How do we do this? Well, when you sign up for a free account on PawnGuru, you list your item for sale online and all the local pawn shops in your area that are interested in it will send you cash offers online.

This benefits you because you get to compare all offers in your local area. What’s more, you avoid potentially wasting your time walking into shops that don’t take headphones—because not all pawn shops take them.

Why do some pawn shops buy headphones and others do not?

There are several reasons for this. Firstly, a pawnbroker’s inventory will vary by local demand in their city. Meaning most pawn shops will only deal with items they think their local clientele will buy. For the many that do deal with electronics, it will really depend on your item. Is it very old? Does it work? Will a future customer want to buy it? Lucky for you, headphones retain their value far longer than smartphones and laptops. As long as they work and sound great, you should be able to get a decent price for your headphones.

Pawning versus Selling

There is a difference between pawning and selling, even though you can do both at a pawn shop. When you are pawning headphones, you are giving it to a pawn shop as collateral for a loan. The loan amount is the value your headphones are appraised at by the pawnbroker.

The loan will need to be paid back by a given date that you and the pawnbroker agree on. When you pay back your loan and by the given date, you should expect to receive your headphones back.

Selling headphones to a pawn shop is very straightforward. The headphones are appraised and you either agree to sell it to them outright for that amount, or you don’t. You have negotiating power, but do keep in mind pawnbrokers tend to keep a good pulse on the current pricing of electronic devices.

Pawn shops are a reselling business so they need to be able to sell your headphones for a profit. It is easier for them to buy it from you than it is for them to issue you a loan. You will get more money if you sell it to them than if you pawn your headphones.

Research The Market

Headphones can cost a few bucks to hundreds of dollars depending on type of headphones, brand, and condition. If your headphones cost between $8-$150, expect to get between $0-$80. Headphone’s between that price range maybe great headphones but are just not designed to last. If your headphones are between $150-$300, then expect to get around $80-$230; and just to remind you, these prices are based on if your headphones are relatively new and are in good condition. 

Clean Your Headphones

The better your headphones look, the more money you’ll get for them. It’s that simple. Clean any weird smells from them, clean as much dirt as you can off of them. Do not damage them in the process though. Use light soap and nothing that will damage the audio cord or the speakers.

Packaging and Accessories

If you have the original packaging and accessories that came with your headphones, I would strongly recommend you have those present with your headphones. Presentation is key when trying to sell your headphones. This shows pawn shops that your headphones were well taken care of when you were using them and are in great condition.

Audio Cord

If your audio cord is damaged, then you can completely forget about getting money for your headphones. If your headphones are between $150-$300, then expect your offer price to be dramatically reduced because pawn shops won’t be able to tell how long your headphones will last because the damage to your audio cord reflects to how well you took care of your headphones while they were under your use.

Apple Airpod

But what if you wanted to sell Apple Airpods? What if you, a family member, or a friend had used wireless earbuds that they wanted to get some money for? What do you need to know about selling an Apple Airpod?

Airpods’ Impressive Technology

One of the most appealing qualities of the Apple Airpods is just how technologically advanced they are. These wireless earbuds essentially have a mind of their own thanks the to Apple W1 chip.

The Airpods can sense when they are in a listener’s ears. If you take them out, they will pause whatever you are listening to.

Also, like so many other Apple products, the Airpods have access to Siri. Connect with her by double-tapping either AirPod. You never have to remove your phone from your pocket.

There’s also a voice accelerometer that can identify you simply from your speaking voice. Two beamforming microphones inside of the Airpods break through any and all external noise to focus solely on your words.

Keep these unique features in mind when you sell or pawn the earbuds.

Airpods’ Battery Life and Audio

The battery for Apple Airpods will last for five hours after one charge.

These earbuds also come with a charging case that contains additional charges for a grand total of 24 hours of listening time. Plus, you can simply ask Siri how much battery your Airpods have left.

Some people may argue that other products like Beats have better battery life. Most Beats headphones have about 12 hours of battery.

But you can captivate doubting customers by sharing this fact: just 15 minutes in a charging case gives the Airpods an additional three hours of battery life.

Airpods also supply high-quality AAC audio. It’s perfect for music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts.

Ease of Use With Other Apple Products

The most important factor to know about Apple Airpods is their ease of use with other Apple products.

Airpods connect automatically with all of a customer’s Apple devices, including Macs and iPads. Plus, Airpods can even be connected to a person’s iPhone and Apple watch at the same time.

There were more than 700 million iPhones in use as of 2017. That means that an estimated 700 million people would be able to use Apple Airpods with ease.

The Airpods’ simplicity of use could be a major selling point to whomever your customer is.

Beats Headphones

According to our data, the average pawn price of Beats—and this is the average of all generations lumped together—is $44. The minimum price paid for a set of Beats headphones is around $10, and the maximum was $150.

Why the huge variance in pricing? You can attribute this to the type of Beats, the condition of the headphones (or earbuds) and other specific factors. Beats that are of the newest generation and in great condition are going to sell at the highest price, whereas those that are of older generations and in poor condition are going to sell for less.

It can also simply depend on the location of the pawn shop.

How Much Does a Pawn Shop Pay for Beats: by Model

Beats ModelMin. Pawn ValueMax. Pawn ValueAvg. Pawn Value
Beats Solo3$20$150$61.30
Beats Solo2$15$50$32.91
Beats Studio$20$120$62.22
Beats Solo$10$100$41.15
Beats Pro$30$145$66.25
Beats Powerbeats$10$60$35.10
Beats EP$10$25$15.67

Below you can see Beats pawn price by model. You’ll notice we don’t include every type of Beats available on the market. This is because we didn’t have enough data on those that were left out, so we left them out—we wouldn’t want to mislead you.

If you follow these simple tips, you should be able to get top dollar for your headphones. If you have any questions comments or concerns, please send them to We’re eager to help!

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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