Many people feel the need to always have the latest and the greatest when it comes to electronics, but sometimes the cost of that new fancy device is just out of reach. So how does one make that trendy new gadget less expensive? Simple! Trade in your old one. There are a few websites - yes, I said websites - that make trading in your device pretty quick and easy! Here are five of them to look into.
Nextworth is one of the easiest trade-in sites around. You may either simply ship the item to Nextworth via whatever method they choose (they pay for it), or you can bring your item to Target to trade the item in. If you choose to go the Target route, you will be reimbursed for your device with a Target gift card. If you choose to ship your item, Nextworth will inspect your item upon receipt, and then send your payment approximately ten days after inspection.
Amazon has an online tool to analyze your device, prior to sending it in. Once the process is complete, Amazon will make you an offer based on the value that they place on your device. If you accept the offer, Amazon will cover your shipping costs. After they receive the product, they will inspect the device to make sure the item, description, and condition are the same as they were originally reported, and if so, Amazon will then credit your Amazon account or send you a gift card for the full agreed upon amount. But wait! There’s a bonus here as well! If your device is actually in better condition than they expected, they will credit you additional money! After receiving your device, Amazon takes about two business days to complete their process.
Read more about the Amazon Trade-In Program here.
3. Best Buy
Source: Best Buy
Best Buy also has a trade-in program. Simply go online and fill out a questionnaire consisting of what the product is, who manufactures it, and of course, the make, model, and condition of the device. There is a built-in tool to help calculate the estimated value of the device. If you feel that the amount is fair, you can either find a local store that offers the trade-in program and swap it out, or mail the product in via the prepaid label that you print at home. If you choose to mail the item, your typical turnaround time for payment is typically ten business days from the time they receive and inspect your device.
Like every other company on this list, Gazelle requires you to provide a description of your product and will, in turn, provide you with an estimated value for your product. But, unlike some of the others that only offer in-house gift cards, Gazelle gives you the option of selecting a PayPal payment, a check, or an Amazon gift card. Generally, it takes about a week from the time they receive your item, before you can expect to receive your payment of choice.
5. eBay Instant Sale
Another extremely easy way to upgrade your tech device is to use eBay Instant Sale. With eBay Instant Sale, you will, once again, fill out a brief survey regarding what your device is, who makes it, the model number, and so on. eBay will make you an estimated offer on your device and will pay for shipping. Once they receive your item, they will inspect it, and as long as everything is still in the reported condition, they will deposit the agreed upon amount into your PayPal account usually within five business days.