5 Ways To Get Cash For Your Old Phones and Electronics

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    Whether it’s a drawer, box, or plastic bag buried in a closet, everyone seems to have a stash of old cell phones and electronics. The worst part is that these collections are constantly growing.

    While nobody can blame you for wanting the latest and greatest technology, there are many ways you can make money from your used phones and electronics.

    Here we introduce some of the easiest exchanges that can get you cash or credit.

    Are you worried that your devices are too antiquated? You could still be rewarded – for recycling. We explain how to do this in “9 retailers who reward you for recycling”.

    Either way, your house is cleaner, your pockets are full, and you feel better.

    1. Declutter

    Have you tried selling your technology on popular online marketplaces? It’s not always easy: it can be a hassle to manage the listing and haggle with bidders, so there is Decluttr.

    This exchange service rates items instantly and sends you the estimated amount by wire transfer, PayPal, or check. You can even have the money sent to a charity.

    Accepted types of electronics include:

    • Cell phones
    • CDs (without singles)
    • DVDs
    • Game consoles
    • Video games
    • Tablets
    • Wearables (Apple and Samsung only)
    • MacBooks

    This is how electronics are installed: By mail. Decluttr will email you free shipping labels to print and stick on your own box.

    How to get an opinion: Go to decluttr.com and select an option under the Sell tab (in the black stripe at the top of each page of the website). This takes you to a search page where you enter the article name. Once you’ve found the exact device, click the Sell Now button. You will immediately receive an offer price based on the condition of your item.

    2. Gazelle

    Gazelle has been buying and selling used cell phones, tablets, computers and more since 2008.

    You can find your device on Gazelle.com and if you accept the offered review, Gazelle will send a check in the mail. Or it pays you in the form of an Amazon gift card or PayPal.

    Accepted types of electronics include:

    • Cell phones
    • Tablets
    • iPads
    • Apple computer and Apple TV

    This is how electronics are installed: By mail. Gazelle will send a prepaid USPS or FedEx shipping label.

    How to get an opinion: First, select the type of device you are selling. When you have found the exact product, click on “Request a quote”. Before Gazelle’s offer appears, you will be asked to answer a few questions about the condition of your device.

    3. Amazon’s trade-in program

    If you need another reason to shop at the retail giant, the Amazon Trade-In program is a credible excuse. You literally receive store credit – in the form of an Amazon gift card – in exchange for eligible electronics. The amount of the gift card depends on the estimated value of your exchange item.

    Accepted types of electronics include:

    • Cell phones
    • E-Reader (Kindle only)
    • Playground equipment
    • Bluetooth and smart speakers
    • Streaming media player
    • Tablets

    This is how electronics are installed: By mail. Amazon will provide you with a prepaid shipping label that you can print out. Shipping is free.

    How to get an opinion: Visit the website, click on the appropriate category and follow the instructions.

    4. The Best Buy trade-in program

    If you’re trying to upgrade or swap a product for a different type of electronics, check out the Best Buy Trade-In Program. Your device could earn you a Best Buy gift card that you can spend on any of its many technology products.

    Accepted types of electronics include:

    • Cell phones
    • Tablets
    • Mp3 player
    • Video games
    • Gaming hardware
    • Computers
    • Cameras
    • Load-bearing
    • TV

    This is how electronics are installed: In the shop or by post. Not all Best Buy stores participate. Contact your nearest location for more information. In the case of online trade-ins, Best Buy pays the shipping costs.

    How to get an opinion: Visit the Best Buy Trade-In Program online, scroll down and click on your device or search by category. After you have specified the condition of your item (“Good”, “Bad” or “Recycle”), you will be shown the estimated exchange value.

    5. Walmart’s Trade-In Program

    Walmart is an affordable place to shop, and you can save even more with Walmart Gadget to Gift Cards. Based on the estimated value of your trade-in items, Walmart will send you an electronic gift card that you can use to make purchases at Walmart.com.

    Accepted types of electronics include:

    • Cell phones
    • Tablets
    • Game consoles
    • Voice speaker
    • Laptops
    • Load-bearing

    This is how electronics are installed: By mail. Walmart offers a free FedEx bottom shipping label.

    How to get an opinion: Go to the Gadget-to-Gift Card homepage and select “Exchange Categories” from the drop-down menu in the top left of the page. Select your exact device. You may need to answer a few questions about the condition and the accessories you are swapping with. Finally click on “Calculate” to display the value.

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