Recycle Electronics AND Make Extra Money

Did you know that you can recycle electronics AND make extra money at the same time?

Turn your old cell phone, laptop, digital camera or other electronic device into extra cash instead of letting collect dust. There are lots of websites out there who will pay you cold, hard cash for anything from your old laptop to your old cell phone or even that Amazon Kindle that you never use.

Here's how it works if you want to recycle electronics and make some extra money:

• Go to the company’s website and search for the product you want to get rid of.

• Answer a few questions about its condition and whether or not you have any additional accessories.

• The company will then make you an offer.

• If you accept the offer, print out a pre-paid shipping label and ship the unwanted item. Some companies will even send you an envelope or box to ship it in.

• Choose your payment option or which charity you would like to make a donation to.

Here are just a few of the websites that will pay cash if you want to recycle electronics and make some extra money:

**Gazelle will buy all kinds of electronics: cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, laptops, digital cameras, gaming systems, and more. You can even sell your old movies, games, and camera lenses.

If you don’t have time to erase your data before you drop it in the mail, Gazelle says it will remove all personal data from every item that it receives.

Payment methods: Choose between a check, credit to your PayPal account, an Amazon gift card (pays an extra 5%), a Costco cash card or a donation to any charity on their long list of organizations.

If your gadget has no value, they'll recycle it for you.

**You Renew will buy or recycle old cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, calculators, laptops, gaming devices, external drives, and tablet eReaders.

Payment method: Check or Paypal.

If your device has no value, you can still ship it for free and they will recycle it for you. The company will also either plant a tree or make a donation towards a domestic renewable energy product.

**NextWorth will buy your iPods, iPhones, cell phones, cameras, e-Readers, laptops, video games, game console, GPS, DVDs, and movies.

Payment methods: Check, PayPal, Target gift card, or they will make a donation to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. The site tells you exactly how to remove all the data from your iPhone, which is a nice touch.

**BuyMyTronics will buy your unwanted cell phone, iPhone, PDA, Laptop, MP3 Player, Digital Camera, Desktop, Camcorder and much more.

Payment method: Check, Paypal or donation to a charity of your choice.

**Flipswap will buy cell phones only and they must be in working condition and they have set prices. If your phone does not meet their conditions, they will pay you either a portion of the money agreed to or they'll recycle it for you.

Payment methods: Either by Check or they will make a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Sierra Club, or ASPCA.

If you cell phone has "no value," they will pay your postage to send it back for recycling. They will plant a tree for every cell phone that is recycled.

**Simply Sellular will buy your unwanted cell phone as long as it is not broken and is in good working condition.

Payment method: Check.

If there is a dispute in the condition, they will notify you by email with an adjusted offer and if you choose not to accept the adjusted offer, they will ship the phone back to you at your expense.

**Cell for Cash will buy your old cell phones that are in good working condition. They offer a set price without asking questions, but expect the phones to be in good condition. Payment method: Check.

Before you get started:

• Shop around to make sure you are getting the best price. This is especially true if you have an expensive device like an iPhone where prices can range between $100 and $200.

• Make sure you check the terms of the offer and what will happen if the device is not in the condition that they expect. Some companies will give you the opportunity to change your mind and have the device returned to you while others will send a device with no value to be recycled.

• The longer you wait to recycle electronics and make some extra money, the less they will be worth.

• Even though some companies will remove your personal data for you, it’s always best to remove it yourself before shipping.

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