Electronics are always some of the most popular holiday gifts but people are often not sure what to do with their old electronics after they get new ones. Electronics can’t be tossed in the trash because they contain elements that can be hazardous if they get into the soil in a landfill. So if you are planning on buying your family members electronics for Christmas, or if you end up getting surprised with new electronics like a new computer, new phone, new tablet, or new TV or video game systems here are a few of the ways that you and your family can get rid of the old and outdated electronics that you have:
To get rid of your old electronics and pick up some extra cash is to sell your old electronics. If you planning on selling a phone, tablet, or computer. Make sure that your information is totally wiped from the device before you try to sell it.
You can sell it privately through Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or another online local sales site. But be aware that you might not get any interest in your items right after the holidays. There will be many other people selling their items at that time. You might have better luck taking your electronics to a gaming store or a hobby store. Like Game Stop or any store that sells used electronics. They will give you less than retail price for the items but you won’t have to worry about arranging a private sale. And if you sell the items for store credit instead of cash you can get more because they will often give you about 25% more store credit than cash for your items.
If your items still work and they aren’t very old models you could donate them to a church group. A school, a senior center, or another organization that helps connect people with electronics. Many schools need tablets and computers. Once your items have been donated to a charitable group. They might also be auctioned off to raise money for the organization. Last year I got a new iPad Pro so I donated my old iPad Pro. Which was only a year old, to a local animal shelter. They held a raffle with the iPad Pro as the grand prize. They were able to raise almost $4000 in raffle ticket sales. Your old electronics can bring in big money for groups that are always in need of funds.
If your electronics aren’t in good shape or if they are old and not really worth giving away. Selling you should recycle them. There should be a city facility where you live where you can drop off old electronics. You can bring them to many electronics stores. Drop them off to be recycled in the store’s recycling program. When you recycle those old electronics properly it helps protect the environment so it’s worth taking the time. To make sure they are handled and recycled properly.
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