Tips and Tricks – Turn your trash into cash by recycling your old tech!

Maybe you're one of those people who has to have the latest smartphone, or you've been hanging on to your first generation BlackBerry for year and have been dying to change it - either way, when you upgrade or switch, you've got to get rid of that old technology. Rather than letting your old junk lie at the bottom of a landfill, why not make a bit of spending cash from them? You can trade in your old tech, donate it for a nice tax break or simply sell it. There are several ways to do it, including selling it yourself on eBay or Craigslist. But if you don't have the time or patience to deal with buyers, we suggest you use a service where you can just mail out your old phone, and wait for the cash to show up?!

Cell for Cash is one such service. According to their website, all you have to do is "Find, submit and send" to receive cash for your phone. First, you have to find your phone's manufacturer from a list on their home page and choose the model. You can also see how much they'll pay for your phone. Next, you submit by pressing "sell this phone" at the bottom of the page (kind of like a reverse "buy this now"). Once you fill out the information, they will send you a shipping box (within 5 business days) with a shipping label so you can send in your old phone. Once they have checked the phone and approved the sale (which takes about 2-3 weeks), they'll mail you a check within 45 days. It takes a while to get your payment, but it's definitely better than having to deal with unscrupulous buyers yourself or just letting your old phone rot in the back of your closet.

And how much could you get for your old tech? On the higher end, the latest generation of iPhones can sell from $298 - $336 and the Blackberry Bold sells for about $138. Lower end phones, like the Palm Pixie can sell for as little as $3 or they offer free recycling if you simply just want to get rid of your old phone. According to their website, the old phones are sold abroad, donated to shelters and charities (where they are designated as 911 emergency phones) or simply recycled for their parts.

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.