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Where to recycle the old cell phone or tablet

ByinTips & Guides | January 13, 2015

Old Cell PhonesPlanning to get yourself a new phone or tablet? But you asking yourself, what to do with the old device? Well, there are few options you can choose from to get rid of the unwanted electronic gadgets, not necessarily throwing them away and contributing to growing number of landfills. Remember, that even small acts can save our planet. So, instead of throwing away your old cell phone or tablet, you’d better consider recycling them. There are some institutions that will take care of second-hand devices, additionally paying you for them.

Direct Sale

CashIf you want to get back some of the money invested in your old phones and tablets, you may sell them on your own using websites like eBay, Craigslist or Marketplace. Adding offer to these platforms isn’t a complicated task. The only thing you have to do is to sign up for an account, create a description of the product’s info and add few photos. Other than that, don’t forget to delete any personal data stored on your old device before sending it to its future owner.

To make your deal competitive, you need to do some market research to check the phone’s or tablet’s current value. You should also remember that the physical condition of the device also affects its price, so take into account all flaws and damages carried by your phone or tablet when estimating the slate’s price.

Trade-in Offers and Recycling Programs

Trade-in ProgramIn addition, retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack, or Amazon offers trade-in programs and deliver users consignment service, which is certainly a good option when you want to sell your device quickly and don’t have much time to take care of a direct sale. However, the thing is that when selling a phone or a tablet this way, you won’t earn as much money as when selling it by yourself.

Furthermore, websites like Gazelle specializing in Apple gadgets, Amazon that accepts older phones than any other shopping platforms and Nextworth which pays for hosting electronic devices should be also on your radar when you want to recycle your old cell phone / tablet.

Moving on, the another aspect you should consider when selling the old phone is when and how you will get the money for the sold item. For instance, Amazon will offer you its gift cards covering the value of the phone or tablet. Best Buy works in a similar way, exchanging their gift cards for your old slates.

If you don’t like the idea of waiting 48 hours for Amazon to send you their gift cards, you may choose Nextworth or Gazelle. Both retailers give you a wide range of payment options including, check, PayPal, Target gift cards (in the case of Nextworth) or Amazon gift cards (in the case of Gazelle). Note, that check usually takes about a week.

Charity Organizations

DonateIf for some reason, you don’t care about money you can receive for your old phone or tablet, there are charity organizations that accept donations in the form of electronic devices and raise funds refurbishing or recycling them. It’s up to you which charity organization you will give your items to, however, to deliver you any idea of electronic recycling charities, below we prepared a short list of them:

  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation which gives refurbished electronic gadgets to hospitalized children.
  • Reconnect – a partnership between Dell and Goodwill.
  • The Wireless Foundation that supports domestic abuse organization donating 100 % of its refurbished phone sales.
  • World Computer Exchanges that establishes computer labs in underdeveloped countries.
  • eBay Giving Works which donates from 10 to 100 percent of the price of the sold on eBay auction item to the charity organization you will choose.

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