Most of us have old electronics lying around the house that we don’t quite know what to do with and are unsure of whether or not our old cellphones, laptops or iPads are of value to anyone. Well, think no more as your favorite big box retailers just might have the answer.
Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Walmart all have programs that pay customers for their old electronics. Though some offer cash, don’t look for any big bucks. Most provide gift cards. Each store has their own policy for what you can return and what they will give you for big ticket items you no longer find useful, something is better than nothing.
Amazon will offer a gift card and up to 25% off a new qualifying Amazon device for both Amazon and non-Amazon devices, including table, echo devices, home security systems, routers and kindle e-readers. trade-in page and was amazed at how easy it was to use. Consumers need only to select the device, answer a few questions about the condition of the device. And believe it or not, even non-working items are eligible.
You will then receive a trade-in offer, and a promotional discount towards a new Amazon device. You can then ship your items for free (via UPS) or drop them off at an approved trade-in location within 45 days.
Keep in mind that depending upon the appraisal of your item you could receive your trade-in benefits instantly.
Target’s Tech Trade-in program is available at select stores. Customers, however, would be required to visit Target Tech in the Electronics section to initiate the process after checking online to see what electronics can be traded in.
Target also has a Car Seat Trade-In program during which participating Target stores will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases and harness or booster seats — even if they are damaged or expired.
While Best Buy’s extensive trade-In program accepts a wider variety of devices — including video games, TVs and more, Walmart’s trade-in program —which accepts cell phones, tablets, game consoles, voice speakers, laptops and wearables —is reportedly the most generous in what it offers consumers. Devices can be sent back for free.
Other retailers with trade-in programs include GameStop and Apple, so the next time you think about trashing or giving away that old device, think again and consider if trading the item in might be the more beneficial option.