Selling your old smartphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets is a fairly easy way to bring in extra money (or offset the cost of new devices), but what if those old models are broken? You might be tempted to send them straight to the recycling center, but even broken electronics can bring in a little cash.
Sure recycling is a great deed, but before you recycle, check out these options for selling your gadgets. You won’t get as much as you would for like-new items, but the extra cash may be worth it.
If you’d rather skip the hassle of shipping your broken electronics, try selling to an individual or dropping the item off at a resale kiosk. Here are a few places to find a buyer.
Craigslist. It’s free to post ads on Craigslist, but you’ll have to deal with meeting prospective buyers and handling the transaction yourself. To increase your chances of having a successful sale, be descriptive in your ad and include photographs. Craigslist allows up to four photos.
Yard sales. If you have other used items to sell, why not hold a high-volume garage sale and get rid of everything in one weekend? If you have a box full of broken electronics, offer one price for the whole lot.
Local resellers. Local electronics repair businesses might be interested in buying your electronics for parts. Try calling a few and asking what they would pay.
EcoATM. If you have a broken or old cellphone, ecoATM can give you cash on the spot. You plug in the information for your phone, ecoATM gives you a value, and you get the cash as soon as you drop the phone in the machine. Use the ecoATM location finder to see if there are any machines in your area.
Selling online often means waiting for a bid to end or taking a trip to the post office, but you’ll have more options on the Web. Check out these sites to see how much you could get.
EBay (EBAY). To get an idea of what you might earn from an eBay auction, use the search function to hunt for devices like yours. Just remember, eBay charges a few fees for its service. Use the fee calculator to get an idea of what you’ll pay.
BuyMyTronics.com is an electronics reseller willing to buy just about anything from a GPS to an iPad, even the broken stuff. You’ll get an estimate of your resale value right away, but you’ll have to wait for the cash. Once you ship your item, it’s inspected before you are paid, but you can choose to be paid through PayPal to speed things up a bit.
Depstar.com will buy any iPhone, working or not. It will also buy other electronics. The site offers payment through check or PayPal.
Gadget Salvation will take almost any electronic device, even if it’s broken.
Gazelle is primarily interested in smartphones and Apple (AAPL) devices. It offers a 30-day price guarantee and accepts broken gadgets. Request a quote by choosing the brand on Gazelle’s home page. If you accept the offer, you’ll get paid by check, PayPal or Amazon (AMZN) gift card.
Now that you have a few options to raise some after-holiday cash, gather your old, broken electronics and collect some cold hard cash. What old or broken gadgets do you have stashed away for cash? Share what you have to cash in today!
Today is Earth Day! Yeah, sure – we should be celebrating Earth Day EVERYDAY, but let’s be realistic. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep the Earth in mind when you’re dealing with everyday life. From recycling to eliminating wasteful energy consumption, there are more than enough ways to “go green” but how do you incorporate a greener lifestyle that’s easy to incorporate in your everyday life? That’s why I’ve compiled 5 easy ways to go green, celebrate Earth Day (Everyday) and impact the world below.
5. PAY BILLS ONLINE
One of the easiest ways to go green is to use online bill payment systems instead of the old “mail in” means of payment. By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we’d save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.
4. STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS
Some banks will pay you a dollar or donate money on your behalf when you cancel the monthly paper statements you get in the mail. If every household took advantage of online bank statements, the money saved could send more than seventeen thousand recent high school graduates to a public university for a year.
3. TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT
I’ve just conformed to going green and saving energy with the press of my laptop button. By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning cup ‘o joe.
2. RECYCLE OLD CELL PHONES
The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes. Check out how to recycle your old cell phones from Verizon, Best Buy and more HERE.
1. USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES
Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries. Although it requires an upfront investment, it is one that should pay off in no time. And on Christmas morning when all the stores are closed? You’ll be fully stocked.
We asked Toyota Green Initiative Coalition Member — Actress Tatyana Ali her #1 tip for anyone looking to develop a greener lifestyle and she shared her #1 tip below…
Want to take your green living to the next level? Discover how to go green with easy car and driving tips – plus travel tips at DivasDriveInHeels and DivasOnDestinations.com. Discover stylish accessories that’ll help you recycle and transform your office space and for more ideas on how to go green, visit 50 ways to help the planet and start making greener choices today!
As if we needed another reason to love Swedish fashion retailer, H&M. From sleek budget friendly fashions to monster collaborations with leading designers, now H&M is going to help us be ultra fashionable after cleaning out our closets for 2013. We all have items in our closet that would be better off in the trash bin don’t we? Wouldn’t it be great to take those old clothes and recycle them for cold hard cash? Ok, not real cash… but H&M dollars are just as good! Starting this February, 2700 H&M stores in 48 markets will be launching a “Global Clothes Collecting” eco-friendly sustainability initiative. There’s no better time to take those bags of old clothes and make a donation to your local H&M store.
H&M will be the first fashion company to roll out clothes collecting in selected stores worldwide. Through the global initiative H&M’s customers can save natural resources and contribute to reduced environmental impact by avoiding textile waste. Any pieces of clothing, from any brand and in any condition are accepted. In return, the customer will receive a voucher for each bag brought.
H&M meets I:Collect
H&M and I:Collect have collaboratively launched this program which will allow you to bring in old clothes in ANY condition into participating stores in exchange for a voucher for NEW H&M clothes. Based on their condition the articles will either be repurposed into new textile items or converted into a source of energy.
This program not only allows H&M to continue to be a leader in textile sustainability, but it also allows you the customer to participate in their global effort and be rewarded! Talk about a triple winfor you, H&M and our environment.
“Our sustainability efforts are rooted in a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. We want to do good for the environment, which is why we are now offering our customers a convenient solution: to be able to leave their worn out or defective garments with H&M, “ Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.
Learn more about H&M’s sustainability efforts throughout the years by clicking here or watching the video with Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability below.H&M Leads the way in Sustainable Efforts for Earth Day from 3BL Media on Vimeo.
With last week’s announcement of the NEW iPad and pricing (check out the LIVE BLOG) , the general consensus agreed – if you have the iPad 2 – there’s no need to splurge on the New iPad just yet. Well, that was until now.
Did you know about Apple’s Computer Reuse and Recycle Program ?
The iPad recycling program is quite simple. You need only answer a series of questions that will assess the current value of your aging Apple tablet. For example, if you own a first generation iPad with 64 GB of storage, Wi-Fi and 3G. In perfect condition: no scratches, water damage, a fully-chargeable battery and all the accessories, you could get $170 in Apple credit. The credit comes on an Apple Gift Card — but you can still apply it to the purchase of a new iPad.
To get started online check out the Reuse and Recycle Program HERE.
It’s not a full trade in – but it’s definitely enough to reconsider purchasing the new iPad when it hits store shelves Tomorrow.
In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day – We’ve round up two of the techiest GREEN desk accessories, that so happen to save your waste, money and the planet…talk about a Green Triple-Threat!
This Recycled Circuit Board Pencil Holder has been created from rectangles of discarded motherboard. The pencil holder is a great way to keep your desk tidy while displaying your environmental and technological interests.
The Recycled Circuit Board Photo Frame has been constructed from discarded motherboards. The frame allows you to display photographs in a way any technology geek will appreciate which gives a purpose to materials that would otherwise be discarded to landfill.