What To Do With Your Old Phone

July 25, 2013 9:15 am

So, you have a new mobile phone?  The one with a gorilla glass screen?  Surround sound?  A quad processor?

Looks like you’ve given in to all those marketing campaigns that promise smartphones and other electronic devices to be the “best among the rest.” But are they really?  Aren’t they all the same?  Maybe yes.  Maybe no.  But one thing’s for sure: you’ve spent quite a sum to purchase that new device and your wallet is screaming at you for spending all its cash.

Don’t worry; you can keep your relationship with your wallet intact. Well, that is until you find a way to gain a little more dough from that old phone.

Making money out of your old devices is the most practical and ingenious way of disposing of your old gadgets. To make this sound a little more formal: take that vintage online and communication platform and make a profit out of it – this could be in the form of banknotes or a heartfelt fulfillment in doing good.

Here are simple options on what you can do with your old electronic device:

Sell it!

If you’re looking to make good use of your old but still in good condition device, selling them is one of your best options.  This will allow you to earn money while clearing out your cabinet of unwanted junk—electronic junk, that is.

If you’re dead serious about putting your old iPhone or MacBook on sale, aside from posting it on Facebook, you can check Amazon, eBay or Gumtree.

Trade it!

Device trading has been a growing sales strategy among retailers and manufacturers over the years.  Trade-in programs work by allowing consumers to hand in their old devices in exchange of a discount on a newer device or a gift card from the retail store.  So far, a number of stores have already been employing this scheme, including:

Best Buy. The consumer electronics retailer allows trade-ins for a range of devices, including computers, cameras, gaming systems, etc.  As part of its online strategy, the store allows consumers to fix their trade-in process over the internet.
Radio Shack. This retailer accepts a wide range of products for trade-in including TVs, e-readers, cameras, camcorders, phones and gaming consoles. The store will allow you to apply the value of the traded item to a new purchase or gift card.
Apple. The consumer electronics company now allows trade-ins for its iPhones, as well as its iPods and iPads.

Donate it!

If you don’t really need the money and just want to dispose of your old gadget, why not donate it? A number of institutions and organisations are already accepting gadget donations. Such charities include:

National Cristina Foundation. The foundation will help you find a charity organisation that can benefit from your old computer, printer, cameras and other machines.
Salvation Army. The foundation accepts computer donations, as well as DVD players, VCRs, radios, stereos and more.

 

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