These days, our attention spans aren’t what they used to be. A decade ago, when we’d go out to buy a computer
or a camera
, we’d see it as an investment- something that would last until it would burn out and die. However, today, our electronics are simply commodities that we go out and get until the next big “it” device is released.
So, what should you do with your older gadgets
? Don’t let them sit too long collecting dust; devices under three years old are still worth some value. There are plenty of online locations that will either buy your items or will collect them for donation.
Here are the top 10 websites that will either buy or donate your old gadgets
Gazelle allows people to sell their cellphones
and Apple devices
for cash. Not only can you access the value of your product before agreeing to sell it, but Gazelle also pays for all shipping and boxing. Payments are paid via PayPal, check or Amazon.com gift card-whichever you personally prefer.
2. Tech Twurl
Tech Twurl is a web-based company buys a wider-range of technology
. It’s an all-in-one location to sell used or new electronics (including: smartphones
). Simply select which type of device you’d like to sell, answer a few questions about the product’s condition, and an instant offer is available in seconds. Payment can be received via PayPal, check, Bitcoin or Litecoin.
3. Next Worth
Next Worth is a versatile buyer of new and used smartphones
, Apple products
, video games, tablets and laptops. While customers can still get an online offer and send their used or new item for free-like Gazelle and Tech Twurl, Next Worth offers an additional in-store option. They’ve partnered with over 1500 participating stores like Lenovo and Target, which offer store credit. Other payment options are via check, PayPal and gift cards.
ecoATM is an automated, drop off kiosk that takes used cellphones
, tablets and MP3 players. It’s great for anyone looking to donate or recycle their old electronics-without any hassle and instant cash. Picture it similarly to one of the many Coinstar machines outside grocery stores nationwide.
5. Best Buy Trade-In
Best Buy is now offering a trade-in option for used video games, cellphones
, computers, tablets/e-readers, iPods/MP3 players, cameras/camcorders, movies/music and musical instruments. Payment is received as a Best Buy gift card-which is only beneficial if you are a frequent Best Buy customer or are looking to give a gift card as a present.
6. Amazon.com Trade-In
Amazon.com and Best Buy are direct competitors-it’s no surprise that Amazon’s trade-in works exactly like Best Buy’s. They buy electronics, DVDs, CDs, video games and even books. Payment is received as an Amazon.com gift card only-if you are looking for cash, you may want to consider becoming an Amazon.com third party seller.
e-Cycle caters mainly to businesses and organizations; but they also buy back from individuals too. They buy wireless mobile technology from individuals-like cellphones
and tablets. It provides companies with a secure and eco-friendly way to secure their work data. It doesn’t hurt that businesses and individuals alike can profit from the instant revenue that they offer.
8. National Cristina Foundation
The National Cristina Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes the reuse of technology. Donated equipment is given to people with disorders, economically disadvantaged persons, the elderly and at-risk students. It’s a charitable donation that serves a humbling purpose.
9. Phones 4 Charity
Phones 4 Charity is an organization that collects used cellphones
. They may not be fancy and roll out a limo rental for you or give you cash-or a gift card, but donated phones are refurbished and then sent to low-income areas.
10. Computers with Causes
Computers with Causes is a charitable computer donation program that benefits educational and vocation people in need. Donated items do qualify for a tax benefit.
Have anything that is less than five years old? Stop letting your gadgets collect dust in the forgotten corner of the room; it’s time to turn a profit or donation. But before you do, delete your personal data and cancel any account services that will no longer be used.
Andrea Fisher is an online marketer and content specialist for Monitored Alarm Systems. She has been published in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Business Insider.