Friday, August 8, 2008

Sell Your Electronics

There's a new website that's on a mission to change the world– one cell phone, one laptop, one iPod at a time. It's called Gazelle. And here's how they describe themselves:

It is our purpose – and our promise – to provide a practical, rewarding way for people to finally rid themselves of all those old cell phones, digital cameras, and gaming systems that they no longer use, but can’t seem to find a way to let go of.

Too often when people think of recycling, they rush straight to smashing things into bits for parts. We believe that reuse should always come first. If your GPS unit still works, why not keep it in circulation AND get paid for it? If reusing isn’t in the cards, then let us recycle that vintage camcorder. We think of it as reCommerce.

What you do is enter whatever device you want to get rid of then Gazelle tells you how much they will pay you for it. They also let you know future value. Then you decide if you want to sell it to them. If you do they give you a prepaid shipping label to print and use.

Items that are reusable will have all personal data removed and sold. Unusable items will be properly recycled.

Gazelle is brand new. They just launched last month. But already it appears that the idea is catching on. They just announced this week that they received 2 3G iPhones. Yep, technology moves at the speed of light. So remember electronics become outdated rather quick. My 2-yr-old GPS unit isn't worth much now.

Gazelle will take bulk items from schools, businesses and other organizations too. And if the cash is less important to you than getting rid of stuff you can donate your cash to charity.

This Gazelle seems like great idea. Let's hope it keeps building.

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