It’s now the day after Christmas, and so you’ve had a full day to play with your new iPad Mini, or some other shiny iDevice, and you’re finally ready to chuck all the ole’, dusty Apple products piling up in the living room.
On the other hand, maybe you were not so lucky. Perhaps you were gifted a non-iOS smartphone, and now you quickly want to trade.
Well, 9to5Mac has you covered, for whichever situation you find yourself in, as we have compiled another list of the top trade-in places for cash or credit. There are many retailers and websites that offer trade-in programs, and most accept a wide range of used and new electronics, offer automatic quotes, and provide free shipping.
Check out the top 12 list below.
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1. Amazon: Amazon offers one of the best trade-in programs for books, video games, movies, music, and electronics. Trade-in submissions ship via U.S. Postal Service Media Mail or UPS Ground and may take up to six or 10 business days to arrive before the submission is processed. Once the item is received and verified, you’ll receive an email notification within two business days informing whether the items were accepted or rejected. Unfortunately, Amazon only offers gift cards as credit. Once the trade-in has been paid, you’ll see the amount when viewing your gift card balance. Even more unfortunately: Amazon.com gift cards cannot be used on AmazonWireless. Get more details on the program at Amazon.
2. eBay Instant Sale: As an online marketplace renowned for its international and extensive listing of all-things used and new, it make sense that eBay would also provide a decent trade-in program for electronics with cash dispensed through PayPal. eBay Instant Sale is a tool for folks to get cash for their smartphone, laptop, iPod, GPS, or other electronic device in three easy steps. They just need to select the condition of the device, print off the free shipping label, and mail it in. The e-commerce service also provides free shipping and automatic quotes. Once the device is received and assessed, the money will be deposited in your PayPal account within five business days. Get more details at eBay.
3. Gazelle: Gazelle is like any other trade-in program, but it offers multiple ways to collect cash either through a check, PayPal, or Amazon.com gift card. The gift card option will grant 5 percent more than the quoted value, but, as we said above, it is no good at Amazon Wireless. Oh, and Gazelle features free shipping. Gazelle also accepts everything from Nokia phones to old iPads. Get more details at Gazelle.
4. NextWorth: Along with all the other get-a-quote, send-it-in, and get-paid setups, NextWorth offers a trade-in program with cash via PayPal, check, or Target gift card. The service also partnered with Target online to extend the same program to those online shoppers. NextWorth does not display prices up front, and it requires a questionnaire about a device’s condition before giving quotes, but it has a $20 refer-a-friend bonus for each new customer (friends will also get an extra 5 percent bonus for their completed trade, too). Aside from devices, NextWorth accepts game consoles, cameras, calculators, GPSs, DVD players, etc. Get more details at NextWorth.
5. GameStop: GameStop is a bit more troublesome, because folks need to visit a physical store to swap their electronics, but just print off the online quote, go to the store, and then a store associate will examine the device and offer cash or store credit for an exchange. Values dip drastically, however, if you choose cash over stored credit as a payout option. Fortunately, though, there is no shipping to cause a headache. GameStop accepts trades of phones, tablets, and MP3 players from several manufacturers. Get more details at GameStop.
6. Best Buy: BestBuy is one of the more simpler services for trading video games, smartphones, computers, MP3 players, cameras, camcorders, home audio, home theatre, GPS, and even musical instruments. Simply select the product, choose its quality, and add it to the cart. The retailer warned that actual trade-ins would vary according to condition, accessories, and other factors, but folks can get full trade-in value plus a $50 Best Buy gift card when they upgrade their mobile phone. They can also visit stores to utilize the program. Get more details at Best Buy.
7. RadioShack: RadioShack touts in-store and online options for exchanging an everything from HDTVs and Digital SLRs to eReaders and tablets. In fine print, on the bottom of the website, however, the retailer said trade-ins are subject to applicable processing fees and must include chargers, cables, or other accessories. Like most trade-in programs, RadioShack will pay for shipping. RadioShack also said values for in-store trades will apply as credit toward a purchase, but online traders can get a gift card. Get more details at RadioShack.
8. Apple’s Recycling Program: Apple’s Recycling Program issues an Apple gift card by mail that works at any Apple retail store or the Apple online store. The company even grants free shipping and packaging for the trade-in process generated by PowerOn. It currently accepts iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC, and it recycles old iPods and cellphones. To recycle, just bring the device to an Apple Retail Store and get 10 percent off a new one. Get more details at Apple.
9. PowerMax: PowerMax does not show quotes on the website. It requests a questionnaire about the product, and then it will contact prospective traders within minutes. “By trading in, you have a seamless transaction with the trusted folks at PowerMax, who have done this for nearly two decades. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s secure,” contends the e-commerce service. PowerMax said consumers can receive a check or credit for the agreed-upon amount, but a response email from the website indicated it only permits trades for store credit. The full process also takes four weeks to six weeks, but it allows you to trade old MacBooks, iPods, and more Apple products toward the purchase of anything it sells. Get more details at PowerMax.
10. Verizon Wireless: The Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program determines the value of Wi-Fi and Verizon-enabled devices in just four simple steps, and it offers a Verizon Wireless electronic gift card via email. It accepts everything from LG products to Apple. Get more details at Verizon.
11. Glyde: Glyde is not a typical trade-in program, because it makes it easy for consumers to buy and sell practically any used electronic device. It also essentially provides consumers with “unique insight into the resale market for used electronics,” with up-to-date and accurate pricing for old devices with trends and geographical data. Glyde even offers “speed sale” and “set reminder” options for the streamlining process, as well as additional tips and advice on the best time to sell devices to make the most money. Cash is deposited into users’ Glyde accounts about 48 hours after delivery to their buyers, and then they can transfer the cash from their bank account for free. Paper checks will cost about $2, though. Get more details at Glyde.
12. Craigslist: This is not a trade-in program, but it works. It is easy and free to quickly post the specs of an unwanted Christmas gift, with a desired asking price, but some may whine over the packaging and shipping hassles involved. Nevertheless, Craigslist is a popular website perfectly capable of matchmaking sellers to potential buyers.