With new gadgets and electronic devices coming out faster than you can keep up with in the news, you probably have heard the public service announcements urging you to recycle your old ones.
From televisions sets to computers, cell phones to mP3 players, you’ll want to properly dispose of outdated and unwanted electronics to keep them out of the landfill.
Beyond helping the environment, did you know that you can cash in by recycling old electronics?
That’s right. Just make a little bit of an extra effort next time you are upgrading your devices and pocket a few extra dollars. Whether you can re-sell your electronics to a new buyer, or simply turn over the parts via e-waste recycling, there’s more than one way to get a return on your initial investment.
Depending on the age and condition of your electronics, you can seek services of consignment-like companies including Gazelle, Nextworth, and YouRenew. For a portion of the re-sale price, or in return for gift cards or charitable donations in your name, you can rest assured that your devices will not be trashed in the dumpster. Even if they ultimately do not re-sell your electronics, they’ll be recycled instead.
But getting back to potential cash for old electronics, what can you expect?
Smart phones can range from $20-125, depending on make, model and condition. Some digital cameras can give you back up to $55. Have an “newer” old laptop? You could be talking in the range of $50-225 if you’ve taken good care of your device. Even e-Readers are valuable when it comes to recycling old electronics. An iPad 32GB with WiFi and 3G is worth between $71-354! Amazon Kindles range from $10-60.
Of course, to re-sell electronics to other consumers, you’ll need to have packaging, cables, cases, manuals and cords. And don’t forget – before parting with old electronics, be sure to wipe them clean of any sensitive data.
If your old electronics don’t have enough remaining value to sell them secondhand, you can either recycle them through companies like Gazelle, or use the free or low-cost recycling programs offered by retailers – often right at the entrance to the store.