Trade-In that Old Piece of Electronics
We’ve talked about trading in your old electronics online on the show before (should probably do it again). There are players out there we’ve talked about including Gazelle.com and Amazon — who has now expanded their trade-in plan to include used electronics.
Amazon.com is testing a plan to let consumers trade in used cellphones, tablets, cameras and other gadgets for credit against other purchases, in a bid to keep up with rivals such as Best Buy and eBay.
Sounds like a great idea for consumers. You should be able to purchase used items from Amazon.com at a better price point than eBay, and you should be able to easily dispose of all those old pieces of electronics without the hassle of trying to sell them on eBay or take them to the local recycling center (where you may have to pay to dispose of them).
- Search for items to trade in. Your trade-in items must meet the product eligibility criteria.
- Print a shipping label and packing slip, package your items, and ship them for FREE.
- An Amazon.com Gift Card will be deposited into your account upon receipt of items.
- Visit gazelle.com to receive an offer on your item: Search for the item you’d like to trade in on gazelle.com, answer a few quick questions, and we’ll give you an offer in seconds.
- Ship us your item: Transactions with a value of at least $1 qualify for free shipping and many items qualify for free packaging as well. Simply print out your shipping label and send your item to us.
- You get paid: Once we receive your item, it will be hand evaluated by a trained member of our gadget lab team. If all checks out, we’ll send your payment.
Recycling centers, located at the store entrance, offer a free, convenient and easy way for customers to recycle rechargeable batteries, cell phones, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and plastic shopping bags.
Accepts computers, monitors, fax machines, scanners and many other devices. Fees apply.
This retailer takes cell phones and rechargeable batteries.
Staples accepts ink and toner cartridges, PDAs, cell phones, digital cameras, rechargeable batteries, desktop computers, monitors, laptops, printers, keyboards, mice, speakers and modems. A recycling fee of $10 is charged for each piece of large equipment. No charge for Dell computers and monitors.
Walmart Electronics Recycling
Through the Samsung Recycling Direct program, Walmart customers can recycle Samsung consumer electronics for free at drop-off locations in all 50 states Other brands are recyclable for a nominal fee.
Some Whole Foods stores recycle #5 plastic, which is commonly used in containers for yogurt, cottage cheese and other foods.