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Sell Used Electronics

Updated on April 8, 2015

Recycle and Sell Used Electronics

Did you get a new laptop or a new cell phone? Or maybe you got a new digital camera. Before you throw out that old device consider that you can make some money for those old item with services like Gazelle, eBay and Maxback. Not only can you make some money, but you can help the environment by not clogging up the landfills.

Money in your pocket and less garbage in the landfills - a win-win scenario!!

  • Three reasons to sell to Gazelle:Free shipping. After you accept an offer, they'll send you a prepaid shipping label. Most items even qualify for a free box.
  • 30-day offer guarantee. You have plenty of time to say your last goodbyes and send your item.
  • A BBB rating. Since 2008, they've paid close to $100 million to over 500,000 customers.

Gazelle - Sell Used Gadgets - Make more money than eBay!

Gazelle provides an easy, fast, and safe way for you to sell electronics and recycle electronics. When you sell cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, or other gadgets to us, you'll earn cash and help save the environment by keeping old, used gadgets out of landfills. You get green while being green! The bottom line is you want to sell electronics and we want to buy electronics. A perfect match! I compared pricing on eBay and when you consider eBay and PayPal fees, Gazelle was a much better deal with less hassle!

Here is my personal experience with

  • Gazelle
    • 19 bucks for a Canon Digital camera
    • 151 bucks for a Sony camcorder
    • 12 bucks for a Verizon cell phone
    • 15 bucks for a Verizon cell phone
    • 8 bucks for a Nintendo Game Boy
  • My costs
    • Time to logon to site and enter address and items
    • Time to pack
    • Boxes - I recycled amazon boxes
    • Packing Tape
    • Ink - To print the mailing label, Gazelle paid postage

What Do You Do?

What Happens to your Used Electronics

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Maxback - MaxBack is a program that helps you sell and recycle your used electronics


While I have not tried Maxback yet, several folks have written to tell me about this service and their satisfaction. They also note that Maxback has had a few coupons on their Maxback Facebook page that give you even more money back.

What's Selling on Gazelle

What's Selling on Gazelle
What's Selling on Gazelle

Sell your Used Cell Phone extracts whatever value remains in old, unused cell phones, and returns that value, in cash, to the phone's owner. And the website makes it easy, paying anywhere from a few dollars to more than $100 for each phone, and handling the shipping details too.

Donate your Used Cell Phone

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program was started in April 2004 by 13-year-old Brittany Bergquist and her 12-year-old brother Robbie of Norwell, Massachusetts. Robbie and Brittany's goal is to help our soldiers serving overseas call home. They hope to provide as many soldiers as possible with prepaid calling cards. Through generous donations and the recycling of used cell phones, Robbie and Brittany have already distributed thousands of calling cards to soldiers around the globe.

MyBoneYard - Sell Used Gadgets with Free Shipping is really easy and fun to use... it just takes a few minutes. With our simple three-step process, you can safely recycle your unused electronics in an environmentally-friendly way, and maybe even get a little extra green in your wallet!

Once you've completed these steps, just use your pre-paid shipping label sent to you via email to send in your device. As an extra bonus, you can keep track of your device and your rewards by checking your status on-line.

What Happens With My Used Electronics?

Each company follows similar procedures as they believe that electronics recycling starts with reuse. After they buy your electronics and gadgets, they evaluate their condition. If the items are still in working condition, they extend their lives by removing all personal data from them, and selling the electronics through a variety of retail and wholesale outlets. Items without market value are recycled responsibly.

Gadgets to Best Buy

Recycle at Best Buy

Best Buy has expanded its electronics recycling program to every U.S. store, providing an easy, mostly-free alternative to dumpster-chucking for anyone without a dedicated e-cycler nearby.

The caveats: Best Buy isn't accepting hard drives (privacy concerns?), TVs or monitors bigger than 32 inches, anything containing Freon, or anything classified as an "appliance," like a refrigerator, microwave, or the like. And each TV, monitor, and laptop costs a $10 fee to recycle, but Best Buy gives you a $10 gift card in return. They're also only taking two items per household, per day, so don't plan on making a last-day-before-moving trip to the big blue and gold.


Automated eCycling Station

Automated eCycling Station for pricing and buy-back of used consumer electronics and mobile phones for trade-in/trade-up and recycling.

The ecoATM - Easy as 1, 2, 3

Step 1) Insert portable CE device or handset

Step 2) Used device automatically valued

Step 3) Portables automatically binned inside. User receives trade-up coupon, gift card, and/or charitable contribution

The company plans to install kiosks at wireless stores and big-box retailers in San Diego, Texas, Washington state, and Vermont this quarter, Rosser said, with a "massive rollout" set for the second quarter of next year. Eventually the EcoATMs should be able to recognize other gadgets, such as MP3 players, digital cameras, notebooks, printers, and storage devices.

The machines rely on a camera-based system to detect signs of wear such as cracked screens, missing keys, and scuff marks, and to determine a device's approximate value. If it's not worth anything, consumers could still get a free gift for their efforts--in Omaha's case, a waterproof phone case. And in a green nod, EcoATM will plant a tree for them.


HopeLine is a program exclusive to Verizon Wireless that puts wireless services and equipment to work to assist victims of domestic violence.

The long-running HopeLine program collects no-longer-used wireless phones and equipment in any condition from any service provider. The used phones are either refurbished or recycled. With the funds raised from the sale of the refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless donates wireless phones and airtime to victims, and provides funding and other contributions to non-profit domestic violence shelters and prevention programs across the country.

To mail in your old phone for recycling, go to their site and print the free postage-paid label, affix it to a box/envelope and drop it in the mail. To view and print the mailing label, you may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader. Please be sure to review all shipping instructions carefully and include your return address on the label.*

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    • MomOnTheGo LM profile image

      MomOnTheGo LM 

      6 years ago

      very cool...I didn't think my old cell phones were worth anything. I am going to check this out

    • EditPhotos profile imageAUTHOR

      Edit Photos 

      6 years ago from Earth

      @DearReview: Actually, I just sold a few more devices to Gazelle. I even had a dead iphone 4s (an oops into a lake) and they bought that for 80 bucks!

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas. It's hard to know what to do with electronics when you replace them.

    • montanatravel52 profile image


      6 years ago

      My hubby is a "computer nerd", and we have so many various old "electronics" around the house for no reason... so glad to have found this page, great ideas, thanks!

    • SellClean profile image


      7 years ago

      I am so sure I will want to use my old electronics again, I have a hard time parting with them. This gives me hope! Thanks!

    • EditPhotos profile imageAUTHOR

      Edit Photos 

      7 years ago from Earth

      @anonymous: I did a couple of price comparisons and it looked like their pricing was very similar to these other services - a difference of a couple of dollars plus or minus. But I suspect that for a specific products it is quite possible that one company may offer a better deal - so shopping around never hurts!

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      7 years ago

      I found a website doing re-commerce, but offer much better price comparing to, ebay and others.

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      7 years ago

      Really interesting!

      Great work on your lens

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      7 years ago

      ah, very nice. thanks for sharing the great inrformation..

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing all this valuable info!

    • adamfrench profile image


      7 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

    • blazingzone lm profile image

      blazingzone lm 

      7 years ago

      Very nice information on how to recycle used electronics. I always have trouble finding places to dump my tvs

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      8 years ago

      I recently traded my phone to a mobile recycling site and I am glad I did that. The firm offered cash 4 phones and it was a good deal. And not only that, it is a good way to save the Earth also through recycling!

    • dahlia369 profile image


      8 years ago

      Useful tips. Blessed! :)

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      8 years ago

      Great page, I like the way you set up your content.

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      8 years ago

      Great and insightful post! I've always used for my old electronics, it's always been the most reliable way to get cash for my old items, and they always pay top dollar : ).

    • magento-templates profile image


      8 years ago

      Great info! Thank you! You should make like eCommerce store for used electronics =)

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      only 8 for a Game Boy? Great lens - I have a few spare bits around!

    • Fignewton37 profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice site. Great information. I particularly like the info about Gazelle and phones for soldiers. Keep it up.

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      8 years ago

      Cool lens! Enjoyed my visit here!

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      8 years ago

      If you live around Columbus Ohio or Ft Myers Florida check out the new store called Gadget Ease ( )

      They buy and sell used electronics and pay you on the spot!

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      8 years ago

      Cool post, try out, it throws up a load of offers to sell or recycle almost any electronics junk..

    • lasertek lm profile image

      lasertek lm 

      9 years ago

      Interesting! Whenever I buy a new gadget, I give away the old gadget to friends and relatives who could make use of it. Just one way of lessening the number of electronics thrown in landfills. 5*

      Hope you could visit my lens about recycling toner cartridges.

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      9 years ago

      Hey there. Nice information. :) Keep up the good work.

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      Jennifer Einstein 

      9 years ago from New York City

      Exactly what I was looking for.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for your information ! your guide is excelent :)

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 

      10 years ago from Croatia

      Good to know this information! Thank you for compiling this list!


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