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 and Amazon — who has now expanded their trade-in plan to include used electronics. 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 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). Trade-in Tips:

  1. Search for items to trade in. Your trade-in items must meet the product eligibility criteria.
  2. Print a shipping label and packing slip, package your items, and ship them for FREE.
  3. An Gift Card will be deposited into your account upon receipt of items.

Gazelle tips:

  1. Visit to receive an offer on your item: Search for the item you’d like to trade in on, answer a few quick questions, and we’ll give you an offer in seconds.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Best Buy e-cycle
Best Buy takes just about anything electronic, including TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, audio and video cables, cell phones, and more.

Home Depot CFL Recycling
The Home Depot offers free in-store recycling of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

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.

Office Depot 
Accepts computers, monitors, fax machines, scanners and many other devices. Fees apply.

Radio Shack
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.

Target Recycling
Customers can recycle cans, glass plastic bottles, plastic bags, MP3 players, ink cartridges and cell phones at Target stores.

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.

Whole Foods
Some Whole Foods stores recycle #5 plastic, which is commonly used in containers for yogurt, cottage cheese and other foods.