You’ve just upgraded your phone, your laptop, or tablet — so what do you do with the old one? There are some easy ways to skip the landfill and turn your trash into treasure. The real question: where can you get the most money for your old gear?
Retailers want you to walk in the door, so many will pay for your old devices. As of the publish date for this story, an iPhone 3GS will net you $45 in store credit at Radio Shack, $50 at Target, and $70 at Best Buy.
Skip the brick-and-mortar hassle by mailing your goods directly to gadget recyclers. Simply go online and get an estimate. You enter make, model, and condition, and they give you a price. If you like the deal offered, you can print out an address label — postage prepaid — and send the gadget in.
For an iPhone 3GS in good condition Gazelle will give you $27; CExChange will give you $44; and NextWorth $67. Note: all these prices fluctuate according to ever-shifting supply and demand, so it’s worth shopping around on the day you’re ready to sell.
You probably know the big players here: Craigslist and eBay. Craigslist works fine if you like the idea of selling locally, but be aware that local prices vary dramatically. For example, in Kansas, I saw iPhone 3GS models listed for around $60 but the same phone was averaging closer to $150 on the San Francisco Craigslist. Of course, these are just the list prices; on Craigslist, there’s no way to know what they actually sold for. And the biggest downside of Craigslist is that you usually have to field dozens of inquiries and then arrange for a handoff.the original article from Yahoo! News, written by Becky Worley