How to Safely Donate, Recycle, or Sell Old Electronics – NBC 7 San Diego
Our cell phones, laptops, tablets, TVs all get upgraded from time to time and we have to decide what to do with our old stuff. According to Consumer Reports, the saying “One person’s trash is another’s treasure” could apply to your old electronics.
“There are many different online marketplaces that make it very easy for you to sell your old computers and devices,” said Yael Grauer, editor of CR Tech. “You might want to do a bit of research beforehand to make sure you’re pricing it appropriately.”
But what if it’s broken? Consumer Reports indicates that there is also a market for broken technologies. CR Online found broken laptops and tablets listed on popular shopping websites for several hundred dollars each.
If you don’t want the hassle of listing and selling an item yourself, online buyback sites like BuyBackWorld and Gazelle give you a quote. If you accept the offer, you ship your gadgets to them with a prepaid label.
You can also donate old devices if selling them is too much for what they are worth.
“You might just have a used computer that you don’t really need anymore to collect dust,” Grauer said. “But it could be very useful for a family that doesn’t have the resources to buy one.”
Organizations such as Digitunity will help you find qualified organizations in your area to help you breathe new life into your old computer. There are all kinds of organizations for all types of electronics. The Hearing Aid Project will refurbish your old hearing aids for people who have trouble buying new ones.
Whatever you do, don’t throw your electronics in the trash! It is actually against the law in California to dispose of electronic devices in a landfill. Check Earth911 to find recycling locations near you, or check your city’s website and see if there are any e-waste collection events.
Remember that before you sell, give away, or recycle old technology, be sure to remove all of your personal information from the device. You can usually do this by resetting the device to factory settings or formatting your hard drive.