The latest trend is stores and online retailers such as Amazon.com offering gift cards,
or trade-ins for your old electronics. Best Buy, for instance, will take back “gently used”
laptops, iPods, and mobile phones right at the store if you have a Best Buy receipt.
And at Best Buy online, you’ll be able to trade in a wider variety of products, even older
items bought at other stores. You’ll get a gift card in exchange.
RadioShack also buys old electronics in stores or online. And Target runs an electronics
trade-in program with the company NextWorth. Hot products such as iPhones and
iPads will get you the best prices. But other stuff sells, too.
The prices you’ll get vary. For instance, a 16-gigabyte iPhone can get $125 at
Cellitused.com, $132 at Gazelle.com, and almost $250 at Glyde.com.
To get the most for your electronics, ShopSmart says, try to hang on to accessories
such as manuals, cases, and chargers. Even having the original boxes helps, too. And if
the retailer won’t give you anything for your old stuff, you can usually still send it in and
the company will recycle it responsibly.
You can also consider making a donation of your old electronics to charities such as the
Salvation Army and Goodwill, as long as the products are in good working condition.