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It's easy to get giddy over new electronics. Typically, you do research and save up for something truly special. Of course, sometimes work foots the bill to make you more productive. Either way, there's nothing like some new tech gear.
Know who else loves those new gadgets? Predators and thieves. Electronics are a hot commodity, especially when you don't have the cash to shell out for something new and shiny. Thanks to the hefty price tag on some of these portables and other tech essentials, they've become a target for criminals. Some take them for personal use, but it seems like most thieves are nothing more than a middleman. Trade-in websites, eBay, Craigslist, and even local pawnshops offer an easy way to turn your favorite gadget into a quick buck. Of course, some gadgets are more sought-after than others. Chances are, you won't have to worry about that 200-pound TV you keep meaning to get rid of or the laptop with a crack in the screen.
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