I have been getting e-mails from the Lazy Environmentalist, Josh Dorfman, giving me ideas on ways to "go green" without having to do too much. One of the e-mails that he sent me had to do with earning cash for recycling old electronics and I thought it was a cool thing to share. Here are his top three suggestions for websites that will PAY YOU for recycling your old electronics.
Here are his top 3 recommendations for recycling companies that will pay for your used electronics.
One Note: All of these companies provide free shipping to their facilities. The best is Gazelle.com which sends you a postage paid box in which to ship your items. Second best is Greenphone.com which provides you with a prepaid shipping label. Third best is Buymytronics.com which reimburses you for your shipping expenses, $5 for the first item and $2 for additional items in the same package.
Gazelle.com - Send Gazelle your used cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, laptops, GPS units, camcorders, gaming consoles, iPhones and more, and the company will you pay you for them. Where possible Gazelle refurbishes them and makes them available to its partners for resale. It's possible to get great deals on refurbished at items at major retailers like Target thanks to Gazelle.
Buymytronics.com - Buymytronics.com is on a mission to recycle used, new, and broken electronics. To make it worthwhile, the company pays you for them within 48 hours of receiving them. Send founder Brett Mosley and his team your old cell phones, cameras, game consoles, camcorders, and iPods, and they'll send you cash.
Greenphone.com - You don't have to sell your soul to prevent global warming, but you can certainly "sell your cell." Visit Greenphone.com to find out how much your used cell phone is worth and then print the free postage label and mail your phone to the company. Once Greenphone.com receives and verifies its condition, the company will cut you a check.
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