Retiring Old Gadgets

Gadget lovers all want the newest, fastest, most feature-rich gadgets they can afford. Those of us who surf the bleeding edge usually end up with a bunch of cell phones, Blackberries, computers, and music players, that have a lot of life left in them after we’ve done using them. The question is, what is the best way to get rid of these devices?

The vast majority of people don’t want to throw working electronics away. It is an ecological nightmare, and you could be depriving someone of the joy of a gadget that will be new to them. If you have friends or family members that are technologically inclined, handing gadgets down to them is usually a good thing. Unfortunately, you may also become the default tech support person for that device if it’s kept in the family. You can donate these devices to charity. The Body Shop (which is in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, as well as online), has collected cell phones for a charity that distributes them to women in danger of domestic violence. There are a myriad of organizations that will provide your old cell phone to individuals in need or recycle your phone for you.

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If you decide to sell your device, there are a few ways to go about doing it. If you feel comfortable selling on eBay, and can create a compelling auction or fixed-price sale, you will likely maximize your profits there. Amazon also has a high traffic Marketplace where you can sell your devices. There is a cost associated with either of these services, and with eBay, if you fail to sell your item the first few times you post it, the costs can really add up. There are other auction sites all over the Internet, but they will not rival eBay or Amazon in traffic, so it could take some time to sell your device.

There are some sites that specialize in gadget trade-ins. PodSwap is a site devoted to buying, selling, and trading old iPods. They buy both working and broken iPods, so depending on the model, you will still get some money for your iPod. FlipSwap allows you to either trade in your old cell phone, or donate it to charity. SecondRotation will buy cell phones, mp3 players, digital cameras, camcorders, laptops, and gaming consoles among other things. These services all essentially work the same way. You choose your device, describe the condition (if they don’t provide you with guidelines, you can ask them for their guidelines), and depending on the age, condition, and demand for the device, they will offer you appropriate compensation. If you choose not to buy another device through them, they will pay you cash. If you’re not auction savvy, or if you have a lot of gadgets to get rid of, you may want to investigate these sites, because they can potentially provide you with the quickest payment.

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Elise Hines

I am a professional Technical Writer, and self-proclaimed gadget addict. I am interested in all forms of technology, including everything from Blackberries to Green Tech. I enjoy writing, blogging, and helping people find answers to their technical questions.