Old gadgets, you have them lying around the house or hidden in drawers. With the pace tech companies are releasing new models, you’ll soon find yourself surrounded with more gadgets than what you expected. You can’t throw them in the trash because you’ll risk introducing toxic materials to the soil or the nearest water source. So what can you do then?
You can earn from selling them or help someone in need by donating it. There are many ways you can put your old electronics into good use.
Sell Your Old Gadgets
Let’s face it. Upgrading to a new gadget can cost a fortune, especially if you’re buying the high-end flagship model. Earn some extra bucks from your old gadgets to subsidize for your upgrade.
No one can possible want an old, clunky model, right? Wrong! There’s always someone on the internet who’s looking for second hand gadgets.
Do your research before posting an ad on eBay, Craigslist, and other online marketplaces. Compare the prices of the similar products sold on different websites. Find the baseline, and decide whether you want to sell lower or higher than that. People who are looking for used gadgets are usually after lower prices, so strike a balance between attractive and profitable.
Once you’ve ironed out the details, prepare your device for selling. Presentation is crucial to selling an old gadget. Make your old gadget look as new as possible. Clean the outside, as well as the inside. Erase your personal data and do a factory reset. To get a greater value, include the original box and accessories.
Smartphone companies release new models every year. If you’re planning to upgrade to the latest model every time, take care of your current device. For Apple users, use a durable iPhone case to protect your device. iPhone are prized for their beauty as much as for their functionality. An old iPhone with little to no visible damage sells faster than dented, scratched, or old-looking ones.
Trade for Gift Cards
Don’t want the hassle of posting ads and negotiating with buyers? Head to Amazon’s Trade-in Store to exchange your old electronics for gift cards. Amazon accepts Bluetooth speakers, cell phones, Kindle e-readers, tablets, gaming devices and accessories, video games, and others. Check their Trade-in Store to see if your device is eligible for the program.
You can also go to Best Buy to trade your devices for gift cards. Trade your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple computer at Gazelle for cash. They’ll pay for shipping products that cost more than $1 and send your payment through check or PayPal. You can also have it converted to an Amazon Gift Card.
There are other online trade markets, like Nextworth, BuyMyTronics, and Swappa, that accept a wide variety of electronics.
Recycle Broken Devices
Stop! Don’t throw out broken gadgets. They may no longer be eligible for selling, but you can still recycle them or make use of their parts. Most of the major tech companies have their own recycling programs.
Apple, Canon, Dell, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Nintendo, HP, Samsung, and many others will accept their old products for recycling. Some of them will even give you gift cards in exchange. You can check their websites for more details.
If you’re fond of DIY projects, you can repurpose old gadgets. Turn your old, clunky monitor into a tiny room for your cat, use your old MP3 player as a flash drive, create art out of electronic scraps, or build new gadgets out of old parts.
Donate to Charity
Donating your old gadget is one of the best ways to dispose of devices you no longer use. Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization, provides soldiers with free calling cards so they can get in touch with family members. The organization uses donated, gently used phones to gather the calling cards.
The National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV) also accepts old phones and other gadgets in good condition to fund their programs. The gadgets they collect are refurbished and resold, or recycled. The revenue is used to push for policies to end violence at home and support survivors of domestic violence.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides more resources where you can donate your used electronics.
Before You Go
Your electronic devices are likely to be made from materials that should not be disposed carelessly. Some of these materials may harm the environment and may not decompose for a long time. That’s why it’s vital to get rid of them properly.
Don’t leave your old gadgets to collect dust in the drawer. Sell or trade them to earn some extra cash or gift cards. Donate them to charities to fund programs that you support.
Create new products, art, and useful objects out of your broken electronics. Put your old gadgets into good use.