When it comes to old cell phones, it really pays to recycle. Several companies will pay you cash to recycle your used cell phone and sometimes they pay quite well. We looked at three prominent electronics recyclers and learned something obvious it also pays to shop around. The payout from selling a used cell phone to one company versus another is often just $1, but for some models the difference is a $20 or $40, or even in the case of the Samsung Soul, for instance well over $100. That's serious cash!
The value of used cell phones is a reminder that recyclables all have value. It costs money to dispose of trash (4.5 pounds a day, per person, on average) to bury it in the ground or burn it, usually. On the other hand, communities usually make money on recyclables because those materials are sold for re-use in new products. Sometimes it's cost-effective to rent, rather than buy, or to repair, rather than replace, and sometimes instead of recycling, you can upcycle your waste into art or a new product.
But recycling is at the heart of smart waste management. Anyway, what's better than getting paid for doing the right thing? That's why we wanted to find out what the most valuable used cell phones are. Surprisingly, perhaps, given the buzz, old iPhones aren't worth the most cash.
Here's how we came up with our list of most valuable used cell phones. First, we asked SecureTradeIn.com, YouRenew.com and Gazelle.com to tell us what old cell phones they paid the most cash for. SecureTradeIn happily complied, YouRenew referred us to its search engine and Gazelle just said that smart phones like iPhones and Blackberries typically are worth the most. So we took SecureTradeIn's list and compared it to the other sites, adding a few additional models after searching by brand on YouRenew. We assumed that the phone being traded in was in good condition, but not perfect, and that it could be mailed with the items in the original package, like batteries, cords, adapters, software and the like.
Take a look at our list, and remember that recycling pays.
If your phone isn't on the list, search SecureTradeIn.com, YouRenew.com and Gazelle.com to find out how much it's worth. Even if your cell phone is on the list, run the search anyway because prices fluctuate, so this list is really a snapshot in time.
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