Recycle, Donate or Sell Your Old Gadgets

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Many people got new gadgets, electronics, or cell phones for Christmas. Here are some ideas to recycle, donate or sell your old electronics from DealNews . This is a great time to clean out the clutter!

Money for Old Electronics

If the devices you’re looking to get rid of are in relatively good working condition, you may be able to earn some money in the process. NextWorth aims to prevent e-waste by offering cash for old electronics while keeping functional devices circulated and in use. Just search for your model, answer a few questions about its quality and accessories, and NextWorth will offer you a quote for trading in those unwanted gadgets. They accept cameras and lenses, desktops and laptops, eReaders and tablets, cell phones and smartphones, GPS units, calculators, video games and consoles, and even DVDs and Blu-rays.

Depending on the condition, an Xbox 360 250GB console can earn anywhere from $0.02 to $50. A first-generation 8GB Amazon Kindle Fire will fetch up to $54, and the discontinued 13″ MacBook, up to $198. (These prices are based on like-new condition with all accessories and no blemishes.) NextWorth offers electronics trade-ins via UPS shipping with the choice of refund via PayPal or check, or in the form of a Target gift card. NextWorth also offers in-store trade-ins and recycling at Target and J&R, with trade-in payment in the form of a respective gift card from either merchant.

eBay, too, offers a trade-in program called eBay Instant Sale (formerly known as Rethink Initiative). The online auction giant has partnered with eBay super-seller AllTechWholesale which accepts, assesses, and then offers payment via PayPal for old electronics. AllTechWholesale pays for UPS shipping, too.

Many consumers may also be familiar with Gazelle, a service that prior to this past August was very similar to NextWorth. However, in recent months the online electronics recycler scaled down its accepted trade-ins to include exclusively Apple products and the occasional Android smartphone. Gazelle still offers its customers free UPS shipping and payment via PayPal or check, but its inventory is significantly pared down.

In addition to NextWorth and Gazelle, Amazon‘s increasingly popular trade-in program offers credit to the online giant in exchange for used electronics.

Other online arms of major retailers like HP and Sony offer trade-in credits for the likes of laptops, cell phones, and more. Toshiba also boasts electronics recycling programs but also partners with Best Buy to offer a wider range of trade-in options.

For the video game fan, you can trade in with NextWorth or get a store credit trade-in from GameStop. The store accepts old, unwanted, beaten video games and offers an extra 50% in-store credit when you opt for other pre-owned games.

Past Its Prime? Recycle Your Electronics

Electronics can be recycled for almost all of their components: metal, plastics, glass, and more. And there are more local, manufacturer, and retailer recycling programs than you’d think.

Stores like Target and Best Buy,  make it easy to recycle your small electronics. What’s more, cellular carrier stores, including AT&TSprintVerizon, and T-Mobile offer consumers their choice of in-store drop off or pre-printed shipping labels that make for quick and easy returns, free of charge.

Staples on the other hand has done away with its $10 processing fee for monitors and the like. Yet, your best bet for recycling larger consumer appliances is with a local organization. Greener Gadgets offers a list of nationwide manufacturer, retailer, and certified eCycling programs in your area.

Give New Life to Old Tech with Donations

Donate your items before the end of the year and get a receipt for your taxes.  There are numerous established organizations that accept donations of old electronics and repurpose them for a good cause. The Environmental Protection Agency is a good resource to find a local organization to unload your old electronics.

Or, if you’re a fan of the aforementioned Gazelle or HP, you can contribute your earned electronics-recycling refund to one of 40 charities, from the Easter Seals to the YMCA.

Regardless of when you choose to unclutter your eLife of gadgets, we hope that you all recycle that dot matrix printer, trade out your old video games, allow someone else to reuse your old laptop, and even cash-in on your old TV for parts. Reuse and repurposing is the best way to unclutter your technological life and reduce e-waste.”

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