We all have those old reminders of yesteryear lying around the house in the form of floppy disks, old zip drives, and CRT monitors – but there is never an easy way to get rid of these objects without feeling guilty about polluting the water streams and adding toxins to nature.
So here is an easy guide of six places that you can rely on to help you get rid of your old technology without any pain and even a little gain. Let’s begin.
1. Gazelle.com – Gazelle.com is a great site that lets you trade in that unused, under utilized, or just plain old technology for MONEY and quite frankly who doesn’t like money. On this site, earning the extra bucks is as easy as entering the name of that old piece of technology you are trying to get rid of, entering a few details about your tech, and shipping it away after receiving a quote.
2. YouRenew.com – This site is truly almost the same as Gazelle, you simply search and sell your technology and you get a check. This site accepts anything from old cell phones such as those “old” iPhones to your old calculator you used twice in high school. Personally, I would use the two to compare prices and see who accepts what and how much each is paying for your technology. After comparing the sites, whichever site pays more wins!
3. Sell.com – So instead of trading your old technology for cash using YouRenew.com or Gazelle.com, how about just selling it outright online yourself on Sell.com. It’s a basic classified site that lets you sell pretty much anything, including your old gadgets. Hey, it beats the alternative – the dumpster.
4. Earth 911 – Earth911 has slowly become one of my go to sites – especially since I’m in the midst of the 100 item challenge, but that’s another story. With Earth911, ANYTHING I want to get rid of, including any of those old CDs, DVDs, and cords to things I’ve rid myself of a long time ago can find a happy home utilizing Earth911. Earth911 is simply a directory to find a place to recycle anything, so make sure to check here to find a place for any of that old tech you can’t seem to sell.
5. TradeStuff.com – If you can’t find anyone to buy your old items, surely someone will trade you for it and TradeStuff.com makes this easy to do. With TradeStuff, getting that new “must-have” video game for your old Canon Powershot has never been easier. Just post the item that you want and/or are willing to trade and someone will hopefully be interested and make the trade. Super simple!
6. Freecycle – Freecycle.com is just great. You can find tons of people needing and getting ridding of lots of stuff, so why not join them. Just join your local Freecycle group, post your need to rid yourself of that old, binding technology and everyone in the group receives an email notice about your old gizmos Trust me – someone will most likely be happy to oblige you. It’s so rare in my Atlanta Freecycle group that I don’t see items left and who knows you may be lucky enough to find something you want.
BONUS : eBay or Craiglist.org – These are quite frankly duh moments to anyone that has been out of a coma and at least somewhat knowledgeable that the Internet exists within the last 10 years. But always remember to be careful on Craigslist, as this site as my friend jokingly puts it, is the only ‘website that can kill you’. Sigh.