How to Sell Old, Used and Broken iPhone

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Sell Old Used iPhoneThe electronics sale and recycling website Gazelle will pay you $15 for an old, 8-gigabyte iPhone 3G that doesn’t work. Recent quotes show you can also get up to $394 for a 32-gigabyte iPhone 4 that looks like it’s never been used.

All you have to do is go online to Gazelle.com and plug in the make and model of your device, its condition and the accessories that you have to go with it. Accept the offer and then print out a prepaid postage label for you to attach to the box you mail with your gadget in it. They’ll inspect your item and send you a check when they’re finished or recycle it if there’s no value attached to it.

This site has helped more than 175,000 customers recycle their gadgets and has paid more than $25 million in exchange for them, according to its website. It also has been ranked by INC Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in America – No. 24, to be exact.

Gazelle calls its service “recommerce”, and it’s a good way to get used electronics of all kinds into hands that will reuse them or recycle them responsibly so they don’t end up in landfill, which is a growing problem for out-of-date electronics.

Gazelle isn’t the only company that offers this kind of a service.

IphonesIntoCash also pays for used iPhone, even those that got dropped into a toilet or won’t work.

An iPhone 4 that “kinda works”, meaning it turns on and functions but has a broken screen or camera or a malfunctioning home button, might bring you $100 from the site, which deals only with old iPhones.

“We can reuse and recycle them. This means that you make a little money, we make a little money and together we help keep potentially hazardous materials out of our landfills.”

The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report has certified IphonesIntoCash.com as a significant waste reducer as part of ULS’s “Sustainable Products Certification Program.”

Electronics waste is becoming a bigger problem every day, especially as electronics become outdated almost as soon as you buy them. A five-year-old computer won’t even run some of the latest software, and an original iPad, released in 2010, might have been shuttered for the 2011 version, an iPad 2.

“Televisions are used on average for less than two years. For computers, it’s three,” reads the Telecommunications Industry Association’s E-cycling Central website, http://www.ecyclingcentral.com.

“Recycling, or “e-cycling”, these other electronic items is critical for preserving landfill space and for ensuring that hazardous materials used to make (sure) electronics are properly disposed.”

Many of these items can be used by other people, nonprofit organizations, schools, kids and communities.

At ecyclingcentral.com, you can find a list of electronic recycling centers and events by state, along with contact information.

So clean out your drawer full of old electronics and recycle things like your used iPhones. Then apply the extra money you make to get the latest iPhone model.

If you want to handle the transaction yourself, instead of handing over your electronics to a reseller, then take a look at Ebay.com or Craigslist.com.

Craigslist offers a more local, in-person experience. Post your item and description of it, and photos if you want to, name your price, and wait for e-mails or phone calls to come in from people in your area who want to take a look.

It’s a great way to get rid of all kinds of stuff in addition to electronics – furniture, kids’ clothes, toys, real estate, lawn and garden items and more. And you start with Craigslist by selecting your location, so the transactions are extremely local. Once you’ve agreed on a price, arrange a safe meeting place with the person who is buying the item and make the exchange.

The online auction site Ebay has a wide reach and a long history of letting you sell your used, unwanted stuff to someone who wants it. Like Craigslist, Ebay serves as a giant garage sale via mail. The market value of your item is whatever someone is willing to pay.

Currently, the iPhone 4 is among the most popular items in the cell phone area of Ebay, with more than 3,500 results generated in a recent search for the latest version of the iPhone. For newer electronics in high-demand, you might get a higher price than you would from a reseller site.

Despite the risk you take that the product’s condition doesn’t match the glowing description of the seller’s, eBay has a proven track record of happy customers. It’s a great way to find deals on used items that are popular today.

Even some retailers are getting into the act by letting you trade in your used electronics for the newer models. Then the retailers will recycle them. Best Buy recently offered such a buyback program, which let users buy a gadget, pay a fee and then be guaranteed a resale price for the same gadget within a certain time period.

“Future-proof your technology with the Buy Back Program”, reads Best Buy’s promotion. Then you get a Best Buy gift card to buy a new device.

However consumers get rid of old electronics, these websites offer options that are much better than sending the devices to a landfill. With the electronics industry changing so rapidly, consumers should give some thought to how they dispose of their old devices in favor of the latest and greatest one. Doing so is even better if they can get some extras cash in exchange for helping the environment.

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