Amazon Launches Electronics Trade-In Program
The retailer is taking in tablets, MP3 players and more, in exchange for gift cards.
May 20, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

What do you do with your old electronics? If you’re like most people, you probably stick it in a box or on a dusty shelf. Amazon, however, wants to help you clear some space, announcing a new Electronics Trade-In Store.

This new program builds upon Amazon’s existing Trade-In service, adding electronics into the mix. Amazon says that they will take tablets, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, GPS devices and other electronic items.

To trade in an item, start by searching for it at Amazon’s Trade-In Store. Once you find it, click on the Trade In button and choose what condition you think the item is in. Then, print the pre-paid shipping label. Once the retailer accepts your item, the trade-in amount will be credited to your Amazon account.

Of course, you can trade in your used items, but you can also buy them up, too. Amazon turns those trade-ins around and sells them at a discount. We found iPods for as low as $22, GPS devices for $27, and tablets for $111.

“Technology is constantly evolving and newer, better versions of consumer electronics are introduced all the time,” says Paul Ryder, Amazon’s VP of electronics. “We want to give customers the opportunity to get great value from their used electronics. Hundreds of thousands of customers have already received millions of dollars in gift cards from the other products in our program. The Electronics category is a natural extension and we are delighted to offer our customers more trade-in options.”

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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