Thursday, September 18, 2008

GO GREEN, GET GREEN: RECYCLING ELECTRONIC$


So you sprung for a brand new cellphone, gaming device, digital camera, computer. Whatever. Congratulations. Use it in good health.

Now you have to get rid of your old one.
You can’t just throw it away. That would be just plain wrong.
You could put it on Craigslist.
You could donate it to a charity.
You could give it to a nephew or a neighbor.
But we don’t have to tell you how to give things away.
You already know how to do that.
Besides, we’re here to make you some money.

Think RECYCLE.
It’s the right thing to do.
It’s the smart thing to do.
It’s the CHEAPIOSITY thing to do.

We know that making money is a surefire incentive for you CHEAPIOSITY readers to go green. You may not make a lot of money, but a little something is better than nothing.

Before you recycle for free, we suggest you check out these sites:
http://www.gazelle.com/, https://www.venjuvo.com/index.aspx, http://www.myboneyard.com/, and http://www.techforward.com/index.php.

Most of these sites will take your device for recycling (and most will pay the postage for you) even if they won’t pay you for it. Some of these sites pay cash, some pay with gift cards or through Paypal, and some encourage you to make a charitable donation. Most provide free shipping, and some provide free packaging. If you are worried about sending a device loaded with personal information, these websites may not be for you. Most sites say they will delete your data, but there’s no way for you to really confirm that promise. Comparison shop to make sure you’re getting the most money on your transaction. Be sure to check all the website policies, terms and conditions before making your deal.

Gazelle, VenJuvo and BoneYard accept different electronics; check with each site to see what they will take. As of this publishing date:
Gazelle purchases: Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, Laptops, GPS Devices, Gaming Consoles, Camcorders, Satellite Radios, and Portable Hard Drives.
VenJuvo accepts: Game Systems MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, GPS Systems, Laptops, and HDTVs.
MyBoneYard will recycle your: Music Players, Laptops, Cell Phones, PC Systems, and Flat Panel Monitors.

TechForward works a little differently. Consumers pay a fee in advance to ‘lock in’ a buy-back price they promise to pay you in the future. Make sure you read all the terms and conditions and remember to contact them in the future when you upgrade your equipment because you’re paying them a nonrefundable fee upfront. While there is no penalty incurred if you don’t recycle through TechForward, they keep your upfront fee. Caveat emptor.

And if all this just seems like too much of a hassle, you can find out where you can take your electronics for recycling locally by checking this website: http://www.mygreenelectronics.org/

Think green.

1 comment:

Jack said...

I really agree with your post. I had gone through this sites and it was good. I welcome your thoughts of saving environment.

Jack roberts

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