December 27, 2010 by Rachel Cericola
You’ve wasted no time bagging up the wrapping paper for the trash man. However, when it comes to old gadgets, you’re probably not moving as fast.
Thousands of consumers got to upgrade portable and home electronics this holiday season. Now, what do with the old, out-of-date stuff? Newegg has teamed up with Gazelle for RECOMMERCE, a service that allows consumers to trade in and recycle old goods for gift cards.
Log onto the RECOMMERCE website and punch in the name of your product and a few details about the condition. Just don’t expect to score a new PlayStation for an old one, a new HDTV for your clunker with rabbit ears, or anything even close. That said, we were offered $113 for a 16GB iPhone 3D and $91 for the Nintendo Wii, but only $7 for our trusty Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray player. The amount you receive will depend on the age of the device, as well as its condition. If you have original cables, remotes and even the box, you can expect to score slightly more on your trade-in.
If you’re item has no value, Gazelle will still recycle it for you. Check the site for more information, because RECOMMERCE is offering free shipping, and in some cases, free packaging. Gazelle says that each item is inspected upon receipt, and their team will even wipe it clean of personal information. Gift cards will then be sent within approximately seven days of receipt of the item.
“Our trade-in program is a great option for our customers who are either looking to ‘de-clutter’ after the holidays or who want to more affordably trade up to the latest gadgets,” said Bernard Luthi, vice president of marketing, web management and customer service for Newegg. “We chose to work with Gazelle because they are the market leader with the best customer experience. They will ensure that approximately 90 percent of the used electronics received will be reused and that the remainder will be responsibly recycled.”
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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