We all have little technology junk drawers where we stash our old technology like cell phones we no longer use. Technology is advancing so quickly, we often upgrade to a newer model cell phone even though our old one still works just fine.
If you have old cell phones sitting around your home, you may be able to cash them in and make a nice bundle of cash by using one of the following cell phone recycling services. In general, you can visit the recycling website, enter the model of the phone as well as its condition and get a quote for its value. You should remove your own personal information, but the recycling center often will also scrub your personal information from the phone.
Here are some services you might consider using:
Secure Trade-in.com. Send the phone in within 30 days of the day you get your quote and get paid 15 days after the device is activated. Secure Trade-in.com will verify that your device is in the condition you said; if not, they will offer a different quote, and you have the right to accept it or not.
Gazelle.com. Gazelle.com accepts a limited number of cell phones and several different Apple products. As long as your phone is worth more than $1, Gazelle.com will pay your shipping. You can choose to receive payment via check, PayPal gift card, or Amazon gift card.
YouRenew.com. This site offers payment via check or PayPal gift card and also offers corporate, bulk recycling of devices.
Keep in mind you don’t have to use a designated cell phone recycler. Many people are interested in buying smart phones but don’t have the money to buy them new.
Craigslist or eBay. If you are upgrading to a newer version smart phone, you will likely be able to sell yours on Craigslist or eBay. However, be advised when selling cell phones, you will likely be a target of scammers. Keep your guard up when meeting people in person or responding to e-mails when selling on Craigslist. If you are selling on eBay, make sure to follow proper protocol when shipping via PayPal so you can protect yourself should the buyer make a claim against you.
If you have a phone that is no longer valuable enough to make money from, there are still responsible ways to recycle it.
RecycleMyPhone.org. This site allows you to send in your cell phone for recycling even if it has no retail value. (If it does have retail value, you can ask for a receipt via e-mail for a tax deduction.) RecycleMyPhone.org either refurbishes your phone for reuse or responsibly recycles it, keeping the toxic materials out of landfills.
Keep in mind, you will still want to shop around. Before you decide which cell phone recycling service to use, try them all out to see which company offers you the best quote. Surprisingly, the quotes can vary significantly.
Cell phone materials are toxic in landfills; be responsible by recycling them with a dedicated recycling facility that will either refurbish them for others to use or recycle them appropriately. Besides, the extra money you earn is a nice perk.
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