Technology moves fast.
Twenty years ago, computers were a luxury. These days, the average American household owns 24 electronic gadgets, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). To keep up with technology, people are upgrading their gadgets regularly. But where do the old ones go?
Tossing your old computers, phones and other electronics in the trash isn’t the only solution. Instead, try one of these three options when dumping old electronics: sell, donate or recycle. Be sure to erase all of your data from the device first, and then say buh-bye to the dinosaur!
Here’s a breakdown of what gizmos could make you some cash, what to donate and how to recycle the rest:
Who doesn’t love an unexpected pay day? Check out this list of common electronics that are worth some cash to see if you have any money-makers laying around the house:
Sometimes technology has changed too much for you to be able to sell your old gadget. In other words, no one wants to buy your old TV-VCR combo. But, someone is probably willing to come to your house and lug that clunky thing out!
If you have anything on the following list, we recommend posting a Craigslist ad in the free section and calling it a day:
If the gadget is really old or doesn’t work, your best bet is to recycle it. Some stores like Best Buy and Staples have programs that take your electronics off of your hands. For a comprehensive list of centers that recycle old gadgets, visit the EPA’s officially site.