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Recycle Your Old Gadgets

Old cellular devicesWhen you replace your cell phone, mouse, laptop, monitor, or any other gadget, do you tend to pack it away in a box of dead electronics, cables, and plugs? You could actually be stowing away unknown cash. Several companies and even major retailers like Best Buy and Apple will buy back old technology and reimburse you with a gift card, newer versions of your tech, or other forms of credit. Statistically, the average mobile user has at least two outdated and unused cell phones. Through these numerous recycling programs, those old phones could mean some quick cash.

Apple’s recycling program lets you trade in your old iPhone, iPad, or Mac and they can apply its reuse value to a gift card you can use for a future Apple Store purchase. You can also trade in an old iPod and get 10% off a newer iPod. Best Buy’s program will take just about anything from old cables to televisions. There are some restrictions by state, so check yours before attempting to return your gadgets. Motorola will take almost any mobile phone and will generally refurbish them and send them to developing countries.

In addition to major retailers, there are several non-profit organizations that will take your old gadgets and refurbish them or recycle them for other purposes. Call2Recycle takes old cell phones and rechargeable batteries and recycles them, keeping them out of landfills. As of this writing, over 5.3 million batteries have been turned into the program. Cell Phones for Soldiers recycles old phones by sending them along with airtime cards to soldiers overseas, allowing them to contact their loved ones stateside.

Finally, you can use the popular virtual marketplace Amazon to trade in many items, electronic and otherwise, to get yourself an Amazon gift card, good for anything in their vast marketplace. Get rid of your old, unused gadgets and get some quick cash to upgrade to newer electronics or other things you may need for your home.


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