Did you recently replace your cell phone, laptop or other electronic device, and you are now wondering what to do with the old one? Rather than add to the 60 million tons of electronic waste disposed of each year, here are a few options. Rather than allow those old electronics to sit on a shelf and collect dust, why not take advantage of one of the following options.
- Sell it. Many cell phones have a resale value as long as they are in good condition. Rather than chance selling it to an individual via an ad, here are a few of the online companies that offer buyback programs: sellcell.com, www.gazelle.com, www.usell.com. Be sure to read all of the details of the buyback to determine if it is a good option for you.
- Swap it. Visit amazon trade-in-program at amazon.com. Click on “Help,” then “Ordering” under “Topics,” and you’ll see “Amazon Trade-In Program.” Search the website for your model to see how much it is worth. Amazon will pay for the shipping, and you get the credit.
Visit Best Buy online at bestbuy.com and look under “services” for “Trade-In Center.” Find an estimate of your phone’s value, mail it to their Center, and within seven days, you’ll receive a gift card in the mail, good for anything in the store or online.
- Recycle it. Manufacturers and retailers try to make it easy to keep used electronics out of landfills. Companies like Sprint, Samsung, Staples, Dell, LG and Best Buy all offer in-store or mail-in recycling options.
- Donate it. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization that recycles millions of cellphones and uses the proceeds to purchase calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas. Find out more about this program at cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Before you choose a company, do your research, compare each site based on the item you want to sell, and then make a decision based on your research. All of the sites listed are valid options for getting money for your qualifying used item, whether it’s just some extra cash in your pocket, or to help fund your latest gadget obsession. Don’t let those old unused items sit on a shelf and collect dust.