Amazon's Trade-In is a New Way to Sell Old Tech

Amazon's Trade-In is a New Way to Sell Old Tech

Mike Tyson
May 20, 2011

There are a few approaches to go about getting rid of your old tech to make room for some new beauties. You can try selling it yourself online through eBay or Craigslist. Or maybe you'd like to go a different route and try using social networking sites to get rid of the excess baggage. You could even try a more novel approach and create a blog, dedicated to selling your possessions. But none of these methods are a guarantee. What we need is a place that will tell us definitively what we can get for our old tech, making the process as easy as ever. Thankfully, Amazon has an answer.

Amazon has initiated a new service which is still in Beta testing called Electronic Trade-In. This will function similarly to Amazon's Movies and TV, Textbooks, and Video Games Trade-In sites. Not every electronic gadget under the sun is tradable. You must select from Amazon's relatively small (yet ever increasing) list of acceptable tech. The current list does include most popular current tech gadgets from cellphones to tablets and even calculators.

    Here's how it works:
  • Browse the site for the electronic device you'd wish to sell and select "Trade in."
  • You're then taken to a kind of shopping cart which allows you to select the condition of the device. Hovering over each condition (Like New, Good, Acceptable) will give you a detailed description of what Amazon considers that to mean. Don't worry, if you're a modest person who happens to undervalue their tech, if Amazon receives something that they believe is in better condition than was marked, they will give you the value for the higher condition.
  • Once you select the item you want to sell you'll be taken to the shipping screen where you can select the carrier you'd like to ship with as well as input shipping information. Amazon will provide you a free shipping label you can print and attach to your package.
  • You must then mail out the package within 7 days of receiving the shipping label.
  • Once Amazon receives your shipment and verifies the package, your account will be credited with an Amazon gift card equal to the value it is worth.

If you have further questions about the process, Amazon has provided some in-depth steps as well as an FAQ for its users. Some will probably groan at the Amazon gift card reimbursement but hey, this is an extremely convenient service which is entirely free to you so you're bound to have some kind of restriction. But truthfully, there is so much we constantly want from Amazon, we'd have no problem with a gift card there.

So there you have it, the service is simple and guaranteed to help you get rid of your tech! Like we said, it is still in beta testing so their might be a few kinks that Amazon still needs to work out on their end, but we're anxious to see this service grow and become a viable option for people who need to quickly and easily get rid of a bunch of their old gadgets in an instant.

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