How to Sell and Recycle Used Electronics

Most of us have a bunch of old electronics lying around. If they still work you may be able to recoup some value from them by selling them online, and if they don’t work you can recycle them for free. There are a score of websites out there that you can use to sell or recycle your old electronics which is great both for you and the environment.

When I bought an iPhone, one of the selling points was that it replaced my regular cell phone and iPod. These still worked well and I didn’t want them to just go to waste. I knew they had some value but wasn’t sure how to get it from them. Here are some tips I found when researching ways to extract value from old electronics.

What You Can Sell or Recycle Online

Almost any electronic you have can be sold online. The better the condition the more money, but even if it is broken you will probably enjoy clearing out space in your office or closets by getting rid of old electronics. Here are some of the most common items you can sell online.

  • Cell phones
  • iPods
  • Digital cameras
  • PDAs
  • Gaming devices
  • DVDs
  • Computers

Where to Sell Them

Online recycling sites ask questions regarding the condition of your device to determine value and will pay for your shipping costs. They do almost all the work for you making the process of cleaning out your old electronics extremely easy. I tested the interfaces and value calculators with an old iPod mini that I am planning to sell or recycle.

  • BuyMyTronics.com – offers great value, erases all data, and is environmentally friendly
  • NextWorth.com – offers the simplest interface and good value
  • Gazelle.com – offers good value and tries to predict value trends of your product
  • YouRenew.com – offers low value but will always recycle

For a little more work and potentially more value, check out the online auction site eBay. On eBay you will have to go through the process of setting up an auction, receiving money, and shipping the item, but it may be worth it. Research recent auctions to determine the going price and decide if it’s worth your time.

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2 thoughts on “How to Sell and Recycle Used Electronics”

  1. ecco phones is another one -they sponsor/organize recycling drives.

    dvdhunt is an informative site that rates best places to sell dvds. ebay, mx123, craigs…

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