We hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas weekend. Holidays are a great time for getting together with friends and family, and stuffing your face until you have to unbutton your pants.
And holidays that involve the giving and receiving of gifts are even better. Especially if you get tech gifts.
So if you got a new laptop or smart phone for Christmas this year, what do you do with your old one? We have a few ideas.
Sites like eBay and Craig’s List are easy ways to sell your unwanted devices that are not too old and are in good working condition. Just make sure you disclose all information. If your phone has some scratches on the face, say so. And do not expect to get top dollar, unless you’re selling an iPhone 4 or the newest Android. Remember that eBay has fees and you will more than likely have to ship your item. But it’s always nice to make some money.
If your device is still working, you may consider donation. Computers With Causes is an organization that takes your computer, refurbishes it and donates it to worthy worldwide charities. They accept computers 5 years or younger with a Pentium 4 or above processor. Computer With Causes will schedule a pickup or shipping and the donation is tax deductible.
Donating your old cell phone is also tax deductible and there are some good causes to donate to. Cell Phones For Soldiers takes donated cell phones and sells them to ReCellular. With the money they get from ReCellular, they purchase prepaid calling cards for soldiers serving overseas. Each phone donated will provide an hour of talk time to a soldier abroad.
HopeLine collects unused cell phones, batteries and accessories, refurbishes them and sends them to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. Clients receive the cell phone plus 3,000 minutes of wireless service.
There are loads of websites and places where you can recycle your old electronics. The Environmental Protection Agency lists many different options. Like Earth 911, which is a website that will tell you where you can locally recycle anything from Christmas trees to electronics. There are also many manufacturers and stores who will accept items, like Dell and Best Buy.
Another recycle option is Freecycle. Simply sign up for membership and you can find something you’ve always wanted in your area for free, or you can post something you want to get rid of for free. Freecycle’s goal is to keep perfectly good items out of our landfills
“Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”